Echoes of Juneteenth Haunt Us Today

June 19, 2003 | Common Dreams |

Unlock the Block Project Director Jazz Hayden observes that the "felony disenfranchisement" laws that bar 4.65 million Americans from voting have an explicitly racist history.

Is it coincidence that the harshest disenfranchisement laws are mostly in former slave states? Not in the slightest. Like poll taxes and literacy tests, the ostensibly race-neutral disenfranchisement laws were created to keep blacks from voting.