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Silence heard as real threat to black voters looms
The News Tribune ^ | July 15, 2012 | LEONARD PITTS JR

Posted on 07/15/2012 7:26:59 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

An open letter to African America:

In the late ’90s, the Internet belched forth a rumor that the Voting Rights Act was soon to expire and that black folks would lose the vote as a result. Though stupid and untrue, the rumor spread like a dust cloud till it was inescapable.

Flash forward to 2012. Now the threat is real. There is a sustained effort to suppress the black vote as we approach this pivotal election. And what is our response?

Silence.

Here is what is going on in that silence. In Washington, D.C., conservative Republicans are seeking to gut the Voting Rights Act. In Florida, they are, in effect, purging Democrats from the voting rolls. In Kansas, there is a law requiring a voter show proof of citizenship. And in 30 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there are Voter ID laws, either passed or under contemplation.

So where are we in all this? Silent, that’s where.

It is easy to rally in the face of a tragedy like Trayvon Martin. That was a visceral, emotional thing. Still, what happened to that child is only representative of systemic injustice. This is systemic injustice, and we should be just as exercised about it, if not more so.

And yet . . . Silence.

From the barber shops, silence.

From the beauty parlors, silence.

From the pulpits, silence.

In the face of a naked attempt to steal not just an election, but a right that was purchased for us at a cost of bones and blood, silence. It’s happening now, right under our noses.

(Excerpt) Read more at thenewstribune.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: election2012; obamanomics; racism; voterfraud; voterid
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Leonard Pitts Jr. is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Miami Herald.
1 posted on 07/15/2012 7:27:05 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Though stupid and untrue,

Kinda like this hit piece, you steaming pantload race baiting media whore.

2 posted on 07/15/2012 7:34:16 AM PDT by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I am tired of these racist efforts to disenfranchise ME with their voter fraud.


3 posted on 07/15/2012 7:34:40 AM PDT by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
A Holder acolyte.
4 posted on 07/15/2012 7:35:15 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Could the silence actually be approval?

This race-baiter might not even be able to comprehend that people are concerned with fair elections.


5 posted on 07/15/2012 7:39:23 AM PDT by Dutch Boy
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To: Dutch Boy

Americans of African Origin are just as pissed off about non-citizens voting as Americans of European and Asian origin.


6 posted on 07/15/2012 7:42:14 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Dutch Boy

Americans of African Origin are just as pissed off about non-citizens voting as Americans of European and Asian origin.


7 posted on 07/15/2012 7:42:50 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The Man is gonna suppress our ability to illegally vote!


8 posted on 07/15/2012 7:43:39 AM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I look at this as a stunning admission that democrats are nearly 100% responsible for voter fraud in this country. Maybe the silemce is because dead people don’t talk, felons won’t walk, and illegals don’t want the light to shine on their shadows.


9 posted on 07/15/2012 7:44:58 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: MestaMachine

silence


10 posted on 07/15/2012 7:46:32 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Some people are just dumb.

11 posted on 07/15/2012 7:47:12 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Roger Taney? Not a bad Chief Justice. John Roberts? A really awful Chief Justice.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Wow. The insanity runs deep in that one. He clearly subscribes to “Just because I’m paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get me.”


12 posted on 07/15/2012 7:50:08 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Leonard Pitts Jr. is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Miami Herald.

WOW! He’s a racist AND he’s stupid! That’s a dangerous combination!


13 posted on 07/15/2012 7:57:38 AM PDT by Castigar
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To: Feckless

You are far too kind.

Dems hate it when you disenfranchise the dead, the non-citizen, the multi-voter, etc.


14 posted on 07/15/2012 7:57:48 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Why must we always believe blacks, hispanics and the elderly don’t have and can’t get ID’s?


15 posted on 07/15/2012 7:57:55 AM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

what garbage and lies


16 posted on 07/15/2012 8:06:08 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Because something is happening here, but you don’t know what it is. Do, you, Mr. Pitts?


17 posted on 07/15/2012 8:08:30 AM PDT by Crawdad
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Because something is happening here, but you don’t know what it is. Do, you, Mr. Pitts?


18 posted on 07/15/2012 8:08:54 AM PDT by Crawdad
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Fool me once, shame on you.

Fool me twice, Shame on me.

Could it be that having pulled the same sh*t so many times that the people just are tired of falling for it and have just decided to ignore these criers of ‘doom, doom, doom’.

Besides now there are more sources of information to all of the people, not just newspapers and TV. Their message is getting diluted and they just can’t see how to fix that. again.


19 posted on 07/15/2012 8:10:21 AM PDT by The Working Man
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I’ll start listening to treason-drooling, racist morons like Pitts when they’re able to start actually producing citizens who’ve been disenfranchised of their voting rights.

Put up or crawl back into your mommies protective arms, you worthless pansies.


20 posted on 07/15/2012 8:11:03 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (OWS = The Great American Snivel War)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
An open letter to African American

That says it all.

These people need to be cut off from our tax dollars and maybe, just maybe, the will learn to provide for themselves. Then they might call themselves, "Americans".

21 posted on 07/15/2012 8:19:50 AM PDT by ConservativeInPA
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Democrats can’t win elections without cheating.

1. Democrats stuff ballot boxes with phony ballots.
2. Democrats drive senile old people to the polling place and go into the voting booth to fill out the ballor for them.
3. Democrats enter false voter registrations and vote multiple times even at the same polling place.
4. Democrats try to keep whites from the polling place using violence.
5. Democrats register illegal aliens to vote, against federal and State laws.

And many more illegal voting acts. Democrats HATE when the laws help prevent those illegal acts.


22 posted on 07/15/2012 8:37:44 AM PDT by CodeToad (History says our end is near.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

what garbage and lies


23 posted on 07/15/2012 8:51:22 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

what garbage and lies


24 posted on 07/15/2012 8:51:34 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
what, Fla welfare ID cards don't have pictures on them???
25 posted on 07/15/2012 8:53:04 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: GraceG
Americans of African Origin are just as pissed off about non-citizens voting as Americans of European and Asian origin.

It's starting to dawn on some of Holder's people that the entitlement/government-jobs pie is not growing, that Hispanics are demanding a bigger piece of the pie, and that if Hispanic power grows, then black power will shrink in importance.

What happens to blacks when their support becomes much less relevant?

26 posted on 07/15/2012 9:05:18 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
In Florida, they are, in effect, purging Democrats from the voting rolls.

So, this guy admits that the dead vote for Dems in Florida.

I bet he's too stupid to realize what he said.

27 posted on 07/15/2012 9:18:14 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer; All

My posting to LEONARD PITTS JR (Putz Prize-winning columnist for The Miami Herald)

LEONARD PITTS JR, Sir, you are a “Black Racist”, card carrying member of the Racial Disharmony Industry (headed by Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Charlie Rengel and all the rest of the Congressional Black Caucus) and an out and out right liar.

When will just ONE of you sanctimonious, hypocritical Liberal Racists admit that the voter rolls are rampant with dead people, illegal immigrants, duplicate names and even animals? JUST ONCE.

But no, ALWAYS when a Liberal Racist is presented with UNDENIABLE (ie “inconvenient) truth, they simply ignore it because it doesn’t fit their needs for fomenting unrest, class warfare and racial division.

You guys have gotten so hypocritical it would be laughable if the effects of your specious behavior did not affect the rest of us so much.

The very Liberal Racists who whine about disenfranchising millions of the downtrodden, poor, illiterate and minorities are the very same ones who won’t admit anyone to one of “their” public appearances without an approved photo ID, support the trampling of our rights when traveling by air and pass all manner of laws and regulations REQUIRING the presentation of valid government issued ID for a variety of services.

Try to dispassionately and with just facts, NOT EMOTION, prove to us that any significant number of LEGITIMATE voters do not or cannot acquire a valid, government issued photo ID with no more effort than it takes to visit a polling booth or one’s doctor or one’s government check handout center.

Why don’t you Liberal Racists launch a “Let’s Get You a VALID ID” campaign for “all those unfortunates” instead of spending your millions on character assassination, fictional propaganda and busing in of “voters” from areas outside the boundaries of various elections?

ANSWER: Because that would chop the legs off your imaginary issue.


28 posted on 07/15/2012 9:22:16 AM PDT by CanuckYank
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

So, the author is saying that blacks are too stupid to get photo IDs?

Racists like this guy, who demean African Americans, repulse me.


29 posted on 07/15/2012 9:32:13 AM PDT by Theo (May Christ be exalted above all.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This is an admission of guilt.

Just keep talking.


30 posted on 07/15/2012 9:37:15 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

That is some hilarious stuff right there!
Pitts is a poster child for affirmative-action incompetence.


31 posted on 07/15/2012 9:43:22 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Imagine (gasp!!) being forced to show you’re a citizen and elible to vote. The horror!!! I mean can you imagine anyone over the age of 70 having a valid ID??? Why, it must be next to impossible to get one of these strange documents!! The next thing those rascally Republicans will demand is motorists stopped by traffic police show they have a drivers license. (smirk)


32 posted on 07/15/2012 9:48:06 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: driftless2

Thugvon a child? I stopped reading there.


33 posted on 07/15/2012 11:44:08 AM PDT by bicyclerepair ( REPLACE D-W-S ! http://www.karenforcongress.com)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

Any self-respecting illegal already has two different sets of ID, can’t our own citizens get an ID? Weird. ;-)


34 posted on 07/15/2012 12:27:51 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Some people are just dumb.

You think so?


35 posted on 07/15/2012 1:39:42 PM PDT by rdb3 (We need Ward Cleaver for President. We already have Eddie Haskell. (ATB))
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To: driftless2

Maybe Leonard should find someone who can’t find the time to get a Government Issued ID and fly them to Washington D.C. to show them off and personalize the issue.

Oh, Wait. Someone tried that ...


36 posted on 07/15/2012 2:34:56 PM PDT by Mack the knife
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To: driftless2

Maybe Leonard should find someone who can’t find the time to get a Government Issued ID and fly them to Washington D.C. to show them off and personalize the issue.

Oh, Wait. Someone tried that ...


37 posted on 07/15/2012 2:35:18 PM PDT by Mack the knife
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

The New Black Panthers are and have been the only recent threat to voting rights.

Thanks Oldeconomybuyer.


38 posted on 07/15/2012 3:24:12 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

“Wow. The insanity runs deep in that one. He clearly subscribes to “Just because I’m paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get me.”

With Leonard Pitts, it’s more like “Just because I’m black doesn’t mean you’re not a racist.”


39 posted on 07/15/2012 3:52:31 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
FRUITCAKE ALERT!
40 posted on 07/15/2012 3:54:43 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: All

voter fraud effects blacks too....


41 posted on 07/15/2012 4:06:09 PM PDT by ak267 (The Law Of the Sea Treaty...LOST...must be defeated...CALL YOUR SENATOR!!!)
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To: Mack the knife

Pitts has his head so far up Obama’s rearend, if Obama said voter IDs were a great idea, Pitts would be slamming anyone as racist for opposing them. The guy is totally owned by the Dem Party. I’ll bet he’s never had an original thought in his life.


42 posted on 07/15/2012 4:19:52 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“Pulitzer”...does that mean what I think it do?


43 posted on 07/15/2012 4:33:02 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
In Florida, they are, in effect, purging Democrats unqualified and illegal voters from the voting rolls.
44 posted on 07/15/2012 4:39:26 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The NAACP is attempting to severely limit the number of black people who can attend their convention by requiring photo ID for admittance.


45 posted on 07/15/2012 4:45:48 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I like the Leonard Pitts who wrote this column: http://www.miamiherald.com/2001/09/12/374188/sept-12-2001-well-go-forward-from.html

I no longer like nor respect the Leonard Pitts who panders on the basis of race when he has shown that he can do so much better. How disappointing.


46 posted on 07/15/2012 5:06:06 PM PDT by Postman (It's time again: US out of the UN. UN out of the US. US out of the US of 0)
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To: MrChips
You've got to show a picture ID to receive EBT benefits, so no one would be denied their vote.

Betch those trying to get bennies are finding a way to get ID really fast.


47 posted on 07/15/2012 5:13:27 PM PDT by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer


OMGoodness, that is the funniest pile of [unladylike word] I've seen lately! Talk about projection, this idiot knows what he would do if he could, and accuses honest conservatives of doing it. Alinsky tactic, brazen, blatant, and so overexposed that there aren't too many politically savvy people who do not recognize it.

About 8% of the population walk around without IDs of any kind, but any citizen can walk into the DMV and get a non-driving ID, or a driving license, for that matter.

All this bleating and moaning about disenfranchising 12% x 8% = .96% of the population, less than 1%, and with this enormous number, we're going to steal the election?

This guy should do stand-up comedy.

Like most liberal lies and drivel, that right there is some funny stuff.

48 posted on 07/16/2012 8:55:41 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Leonard Pitts Jr. is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Miami Herald.
yhea..piled higher & deeper...
racist little b@st@rd from a liberal stronghold.

49 posted on 07/16/2012 9:02:59 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; different flie$". :^)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
So where is the Pittshead mandatory puke alert? For a second -- imagine my disappointment -- I thought this was a note from Cosby or Tom Sowell.

Pitts! What a jerk. And a barfbag.

50 posted on 07/16/2012 10:39:26 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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