The Ed Show | February 26, 2013
>>> end to segregation, the web of local laws continued to deny black americans the right to vote.
>> about 192 negroes were registered on a average a month in the state of mississippi . all over the state, 192 a month. now on the basis of this rate of registration, it would take exactly 135 years for half of the negroes eligible to vote in mississippi to become registered.
>> welcome back to "the ed show." you have to wonder if we're going forwards or backwards. that of course was dr. martin luther king back in 1965 , pushing president johnson for a voting rights bill because of the jim crowe laws in the south. unfortunately now old jim crowe is trying to make a comeback. under section 5 of the voting rights act , the states shown on this map need permission from the federal government to make changes to voting regulations. for instance, let's take the state of mississippi , as dr. king was talking about. if mississippi wants a voter id law, they have currently have to prove that it will not discriminate against minorities. tomorrow in front of the united states supreme court , attorneys for shelby county , alabama , will say that special protection for minorities is outdated. they want to change it. that's in spite of the fact that the voting rights act was reauthorized by president george w. bush back in 2006 . frankel liss, an alabama attorney says registration of white minority voters in shelby county , alabama , has been the same for a decade. his quote was the south has changed. it's not the same as it was in 1964 . the whole country has changed. we are a dynamic society, not just in alabama , but everywhere. wait a minute, not everywhere. in florida last year, the justice department had to step in time and time again to stop governor rick scott from purging minority voters from rural voting roles and eliminating early voting . thankfully, attorney general eric holder knows voting suppression is real.
>> it is the position of this department of justice and this attorney general that we will vigorously defend and vigorously use section 5. the need for it is still there.
>> make no mistake, this is all about politics. the washington attorney for shelby county , alabama , was the same attorney who represented republicans in ohio and florida who were trying to reduce early voting in this last section cycle. the fact is republicans can't win minority votes with their ideas. they just keep getting busted when they try to suppress minority votes by breaking the rules so now they're trying to eliminate the rules all together. as we saw in states like ohio and pennsylvania last year, the suppression efforts goes far beyond the south. the bottom line, is rolling back protections for minority voters in these states isn't the answer. we need to expand those protections to cover the entire map and kill jim crowe once and for all.
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>> i didn't get anything wrong.