Patterico's Pontifications

6/16/2015

Juan Williams Incredulous That Blacks Want Their Votes Protected Just Like White People

Filed under: General — Dana @ 7:43 am

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Even most black Americans — people who, overwhelmingly, don’t vote Republican — currently favor new requirements for voters to have photo identification. Three-quarters of all voters — people of all races and political parties — favor such laws, according to polls.

The black support for photo identification of voters can only be described as amazing. For most of the twentieth century, violence, poll taxes and literacy tests were used by segregationists to deny black people the right to vote….

It’s a shock to Williams that black people not only want to see their votes protected, but are capable and willing to secure a photo identification to ensure that protection.

–Dana

Rachel Dolezal Is Interviewed

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:41 am

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Rachel Dolezal was interviewed this morning by Matt Lauer on the Today Show. During the interview, she never conceded that she had deceived people, but instead claimed that this whole incident could be the start of a productive and broader conversation about what it means to be human in today’s world.

Some excerpts:

She never corrected a local news report that identified her as a black woman, for instance, she said, “because it’s more complex than being true or false.”

“It’s a little more complex than me identifying as black,” she said.

[…]

“When did you start deceiving people,” Ms. Dolezal did not concede that she had done so.

“I do take exception to that, because it’s a little more complex than me identifying as black, or answering a question of, ‘Are you black or white?’” she said.

Lauer also asked Dolezal whether she had done something to darken her complexion:

“I have a huge issue with blackface,” she continued. “This is not some freak ‘Birth of a Nation’ mockery blackface performance. This is on a very real connected level. I’ve actually had to go there with the experience, not just with a visible representation, but with the experience.”

Dolezal, who believes her ethnicity is a “complexity of my identity”, also played the martyr for the cause:

“As much as this discussions has somewhat been at my expense recently in a very sort of viciosuly inhumane way … the discussion is really about what it means to be human,” she said. “And I hope that really can drive at the core of definitions of race, ethnicity, culture, self-determination, personal agency and, ultimately, empowerment.”

–Dana


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