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Possible Voting Restrictions for Blacks and Latinos/as

Recently, many articles have been released about potential threats to voting rights for Blacks and Latinas/os in the upcoming Presidential election. Considering the history of disenfranchisement in this country, the recent news has been alarming for many activist groups. Furthermore, the potential disenfranchisement of several minority voters could possibly be helpful for Republican hopefuls who are looking to for a big election win. For those who are not familiar with the new legislation that has been passed in several states, read the articles below:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/05/civil-rights-naacp-voter-warning

http://www.thenation.com/blog/163755/gop-voting-laws-could-swing-2012-election

http://www.good.is/post/new-voting-restrictions-will-affect-five-million-voters-in-2012/

One of the most interesting sections of the first article was the block quote below:

Studies have showed that the proportion of voters who do not have access to valid photo ID cards is much higher among older African-Americans because they were not given birth certificates in the days of segregation. Students and young voters also often lack identification and are thus in danger of being stripped of their right to vote.

This block quote was interesting for me because it highlighted the intersection between two critical groups: young/student voters and minority voters. As a young student of color, it could possibly seem as though voting is an impossible task. However, instead of feeling defeated, all students should look up the requirements for voting in the their state. If you happen to me an out-of-state student like myself, absentee voting is also a possibility. Check out the link below to see the process:

http://www.brennancenter.org/studentvoting

Sadly, some states have restrictive laws that make it impossible for college students to vote, regardless of their eligibility. Some of the restrictions arise from issues of government identification, residency, and school identification. For more information on this issue, read the articles below:

http://aspanational.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/college-students-denied-voting-rights/

http://campusprogress.org/articles/tennessee_voter_id_law_excludes_college_students/

Overall, the issue of voting restrictions is very problematic. Instead of allowing these political tactics to defeat minority voters, we must educate ourselves about the alternative options available to us. We can spread information about early voting, acceptable forms of identification, required amounts of identification, absentee voting, and so on. Voting is an important right that should not be taken away. The election will be here in no time, and we do have the power to rock the vote and take what is ours.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/story/2011-12-11/early-voting-laws-minority/51816886/1

http://www.declareyourself.com/voting_faq/state_by_state_info_2.html

http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/elections-campaigns/voter-id-state-requirements.aspx

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Relevant Social and Demographic Trends

My last two posts focused on specific issues that unite and divide Blacks and Latinos/as. The article below is a study done by the Pew Research Center. The information provided in this study does have some questionable areas (I say questionable because of the political slant that the Pew Center is known for).  Regardless of my concerns with the study, the results of the study were still very interesting. Take a look for yourself!

http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2008/01/31/do-blacks-and-hispanics-get-along/

Issues that Divide Black and Latin@ Communities

The previous post discussed the idea of unity between Blacks and Latinos/as. As stated before, there are several reasons why Blacks and Latinos/as should get along on paper. However, for every perceived similarity between two groups, there are certainly reasons why groups may disagree and/or even collide in terms of supporting each other.

The first issue to be covered is Employment opportunities. According to The Economist, they state:

One reason blacks and Latinos have failed to form an alliance is philosophical. The black civil-rights struggle, in the South at least, was mostly about asserting legal rights and demolishing barriers to voting by those who were, in theory, already enfranchised. The Latino struggle is quite different. Its goal is often the selective or non-enforcement of the law, particularly on immigration. A common demand, for example, is for local police not to co-operate with federal immigration agents. And, whereas blacks in the 1960s demanded power in proportion to their numbers as adult citizens, Hispanics want rather more.

Considering that unemployment for minorities, especially Blacks and Latinos/as is higher than the national average right now, it is easy for one to see how employment can divide two groups. With a stable job, families lose out on important opportunities. Without access to opportunities, good health, food, clothing, housing, etc, the disparity gap increases in the United States and leaves many in a painful predicament. Click the link below to read more about how the Unemployment crisis affects  relations between Blacks and Latinos/as.

http://www.economist.com/node/9587776