I love this quote because it relates back to how far we've come as a country. One of the foundations of this country is that everybody deserves the right to vote for their political leaders. People from all walks of life in America have had to fight for their right to vote, that's how we have become such a great country. We have the option to vote for whoever we want, it's a natural right. Now that Gov. McCrory has passed voter ID laws, this right is being constrained. He needs to recognize what generations of Americans have fought for.
I like this quote because it is unapologetically blunt. Mr. Barber is comparing Governor McCrory's new legislation to slavery, the civil war, and the civil rights era all in one sentence. He is basically saying if the governor pursues the direction we are going now we as a state will go back to those treacherous times.
This quote highlights the racist undertones of North Carolina's new voting law, which requires residents to show a photo ID at polling places. Numerous studies have consistently indicated that voter fraud is not a prevalent problem for the state -- an issue that this new law claims to be preventing. The sad reality is that minorities are less likely to have a photo ID. This new voter ID law echoes laws meant to disenfranchise African Americans during the 1960's, suggested by William Barber. In addition to requiring that residents show an ID, the new law will also prohibit residents from casting ballots outside their home voting precinct -- a stipulation that directly affects us as college students. In my opinion, this law exemplifies the work of a weak GOP-lead NC General Assembly vying for cheap control through disenfranchising Democrats, as both young students and minorities are more likely to be Democrat. Our government should be working to make it easier for its citizens vote, but, unfortunately, that is not always the case.