In a recent Huffington Post article, Gilda Daniels, a professor of law at the University of Baltimore School of Law, made an argument for strengthening the Voting Rights Act of 1965. I appreciate Professor Daniels’ knowledge and passion for ensuring that all Americans receive equal access to the vote pursuant to the Constitution. It is ironic that with the increase over the past 45 years in African American political and economic power that we are still having this discussion.
This is not to discount the realities of racism in society and in the electoral system in particular, but the focus today should be on creating a better informed electorate; one that has the information necessary for making an informed vote.
Unfortunately the voting rights discussion has degenerated into a tool for scaring up votes for the liberal left with black Americans as the pawns. In other words, its become a cottage industry for liberal politicians. The discussion inadvertently fuels the perception that civil rights in general and voting rights in particular is the exclusive domain for African Americans only. It always amazes me that no other ethnic group is ever included in the discussion. This type of oversight not only disenfranchises white voters, but every other voter on the spectrum.