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The Wednesday Politics Thread Refuses To Be Suppressed

On March 26, 2021, a gaggle of white supremacists gathered under the portrait of Callaway Plantation, a once slave plantation in Wilkes County, GA, to sign the new voter suppression bill, SB202, specifically targeting Georgia’s Black, Indigenous, and People of Color voters.

The bill was approved at tremendous speed by Republicans in the Georgia Senate where they held 60% of the seats. After cancelling over 1.4 million voter registrations, shutting down over 200 polling places, and hiding electronic voting booths to discourage voters in order to win the 2018 Georgia Governor elections, Brian Kemp, with much glee under the portrait of a known slave plantation, signed the SB202 bill that could empower state officials to bluntly takeover local election boards, limit use of ballot drop boxes, require voter identification for absentee ballots, and make it a crime for anyone to give water or food to voters waiting in line. Faced with their failures to keep Georgia bloody red after the 2020 General Elections and the Senate runoffs, Republicans have quit all guise of mediocre decency and have now opted for shameless and blunt voter suppression.

I purposely italicized could because could does not always mean it would. SB202 is already being challenged in court by a strong coalition of democratic organizations reputed for strategically and precisely destroying the previous administration’s every attempt to topple Democracy.

And while SB202 is being challenged, what is needed to halt any further attempts to mimic such bills is Federal action specifically tailored to reinstate and protect Voting Rights. Enter House Democrats’ H.R. 1 – For the People Act of 2021.

The For the People Act of 2021 is a massive far-reaching legislation meant to significantly reform and expand Voting Rights. Not only does it undo the harm of the previous gutting of the Voting Rights Act, but it also curtails any state and local attempts to make voting inaccessible or inventing new hurdles for Black Communities and Communities of Color in order to discourage their access to the polls. It has already passed the House of Representatives and headed to the Senate for a vote; the first hearing for the Senate’s version of H.R. 1 was held on March 24, 2021, and it is expected to proceed quickly before landing on Joe Biden’s desk for his signature.

The only thing standing in its way is the filibuster. There is talk to do away with it fully and to suffer the consequences if Republicans take back the Senate, and there are also other options on the table meant to handicap it significantly instead. We are however at the point where either you sway enough Republican Senators to vote for the bill, or you take away the filibuster’s power. But please pay attention, for this does not mean that anyone should attack under false pretenses the Party of Women, BIPOC, and LGBTQA+ fighting to expand Voting Rights. This does not mean that you should allow yourselves the luxury to fall prey to known Outrage Merchants always shifting the full weight of accountability and responsibility for Republicans’ white supremacy on Democrats’ shoulders.

And make no mistake, far too many are still sadly gullible to such tricks because they are perpetuated by, and for, Privilege with the ever-present objective and overreacting reach to protect, preserve, and expand white supremacy.

I cannot express how much such yearning for a conman’s cruelty is heartbreaking to me. In case you too have forgotten, his threatening presence on Twitter was a constant nightmare for Women, BIPOC, and LGBTQA+ communities; it represented harm, genocide, lies, pettiness, racism, misogyny, xenophobia, sexual assault, science and fact denialism, centering white male grievances, and it reflected the very virus of an elite billionaire breaking every rule, making a mockery out of them, and expecting to get away with it. By perpetuating the belief that such an elite is more powerful than regulation and beyond the mere reach of decency – despite all the hatred he stoked and all the disinformation he amplified with his very Twitter account – Privilege is purposely forgetting that conman’s intentionally inflicted horrors because Privilege was the least affected by them, and the first to quickly recover from them.

So please never forget the ever-present threat of Privilege’s convenient memory lapses refusing to process and fully acknowledge the cruelty of white supremacy; never forget to always put first as well as seek to protect the most marginalized among us. Have a great Wednesday!