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Deutch: Voting Rights fix should consider ‘institutional racism’ of state stand-your-ground, drug laws

by George Bennett | July 18th, 2013

States that perpetuate “institutionalized racism” through stand-your-ground laws and unequal enforcement of drug laws should receive heightened election scrutiny from the federal government under a revamped Voting Rights Act, U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, said today.

Deutch spoke as the House Judiciary Committee considered changes to the Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court struck down the portion of the law that required the Department of Justice to give advance approval, or “preclearance,” to election-related changes in jurisdictions with a history of racial discrimination.

Deutch said an updated Voting Rights Act should empower the Justice Department to consider a broader range of factors in evaluating whether discrimination exists.

“As this Congress works on a new preclearance formula, I humbly suggest that we look beyond the scope of laws passed by states that directly impact minorities at the polls and begin looking at the racially biased application of state laws more generally,” Deutch said.

Deutch specifically mentioned stand-your-ground laws, selective enforcement of drug statutes and photo-identification requirements for voters as examples of laws that disproportionately harm minorities.

Stand-your-ground laws have drawn renewed, racially tinged attention after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the 2012 shooting death of black teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford.

Such laws “mainly protect white people who shoot a black person,” Deutch said. “Couldn’t one argue that stand-your-ground laws and the use of such laws reflect modern racial bias in state laws and should be considered here in this context as we modernize our preclearance for (the) Voting Rights Act?”

As for drug laws, Deutch said, “Shouldn’t we ensure that states who throw young black Americans in jail at a disproportionately higher rate than white Americans for the same offense are also not passing laws to further disenfranchise minority voters?”

Minorities are less likely than whites to have government-issued photo IDs, Deutch said, so states with new voter ID laws are disenfranchising minorities.

“Shouldn’t we be brave enough to acknowledge that if any state law reflects institutional racism that preclearance of laws affecting the right to vote in those states should be required?” Deutch said. “And shouldn’t the concept of voter suppression be broadened to include the more subversive, the frankly much more sophisticated ways that institutionalized racism has reared its head?”

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  3. Jake Says:

    Ted Deutch is a commie! What does stand your ground have to do with the Zimmerman case anyway? Why does he say that minorities are less likely than whites to have government-issued photo IDs? That sounds like a raciest comment! But if this is true why is it so?

  4. Step Aside WWII Vets Says:

    Deutch = institutionalized/condo-ized official

    The truth has been lost.

    You can’t read it here in the Post Times. Their slanted, biased articles support democrats. Declare your loyalties PBPost. Declare your bias and favoring of democrats.

    Ask Ted Deutch or Debbie Wasserman Schultz about having WWII veterans to step aside for healthcare assistance so that the people they liberated from the camps can jump to the head of the line for healthcare services. Step aside, step aside to those who served and fought. Jump back, give up YOUR spot to people who weren’t even US citizens during the war.

    Here’s the bill proposed by FL DEMOCRAT Debbie Wasserman Schultz giving preference to her religious group ahead of those who liberated them from the camps. Step aside!

    http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2013-06-03/news/fl-holocaust-senior-bill-20130603_1_survivors-holocaust-older-americans-act

    Watch what candidates you vote for in the next election. Too many candidates being elected in FL give preference to their religious compatriots (who were european residents during WWII)and let them get to the head of the line for healthcare services in the USA. STep aside American veterans of WWII.

    When you elect someone who shows preference for their religious group and their religious state in the Middle East our country is compromised.

    Ditto Deutch

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  6. Joe Budd Says:

    Stand your ground is good law. Protects law abiding citizens from an undue burden of having to examine every possible route of escape when confronted with what would be a very tense situation. Violent crime in Florida is down 40% more than the national average since it went into effect. I believe you were in the State legislature when it passed. I assume you put up a good fight against it?

  7. Vulcan Says:

    It would seem the pandering Duetch should be tested to see what the heck he is smoking. That is the most disjointed and ignorant thing I have seen this week.
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  9. Ed Says:

    So please explain to me a couple of things here.

    Stand your ground is racist in what way? Am I supposed to ask the person breaking into my place and threatening me their racial status before defending myself?

    A Government Issued ID is less likely to be carried by a Minority? How so? The last time I checked the reason we have to jump through all kinds of hoops to get our Drivers License renewed is to prove that you are a Citizen of this country. (One of the prerequisites of voting.) Considering all of the other things a government ID is needed for I don’t see this as a problem for any minority member who is also a citizen.

    As for the numbers of whites versus minorities being incarcerated for the same crimes I can’t address this question as I have yet to see solid apolitical numbers either way.

  10. Joe Budd Says:

    The Senate approved the law 39-0. House vote was 92-20.

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  16. Racism Ain't Dead Yet Says:

    The Tea Party Position is that there is No Institutional Racism in Florida despite what any pesky facts or figures might have to say about it. They don’t need quantitative analysis just an old piece of paper written by a bunch of slave owners.

  17. Vulcan Says:

    To: Racism Ain’t Dead Yet: Clever racist technique when you allude to pesky facts that don’t exist. The race card is tired and overused. The real racists are the liberals and Sharptons’ who rely on a dependent constituency to fill their coffers. Nice new young girlfriend for Sharton by the way. I am sure it is not his money that brought her into his life.

  18. Tax Religions NOW Says:

    I really like your blog. It is so topical and predictable! How do you prefer to write your phrases this way?
    Anyone can say anything and many do here. Congratulations!

    Even totally filled-with-hate-by-tax-dodging-religion types like “Step Asshide”.
    Checkout his steaming pile of church-sponsored lies above. NOWHERE in any bill does it demand consideration of religion….only conditions.
    This Good Christian ignoramus denies that our fellow American citizens who spent years starving and freezing and facing/experiencing selection for experimentation and death at every instant in concentration camps are likely to have any “special needs” as a result in old age vs those sheltered stateside in the 40s.

    It inspired me to do a quick review of stats that as an atheist (naively considering Americans equal) I had never explored before…

    Approximately 1.5 million Jews fought in the regular Allied armies.

    About 500,000 Jewish soldiers fought in the Red Army during World War II. Some 120,000 were killed in combat and in the line of duty; the Germans murdered 80,000 captured jewish soldiers,pilots, and sailors as prisoners of war. More than 160,000, jews at all levels of command, earned citations, with over 150 designated “Heroes of the Soviet Union”— the highest honor awarded to soldiers in the Red Army.

    Approximately 550,000 Jewish soldiers fought in the US Armed Forces during World War II. They served on all fronts in Europe and in the Pacific. Some 10,000 were killed in combat, and more than 36,000 received valor citations from their christian officers.

    So despite Asshide calling them out as Stolen Valor suspects, jews actually fought and died for the allies FAR out of proportion to their population percentages while their CONUS-retained scholars and scientists saved a million christian troops with that A-bomb thingy and other clever toys.

    But “Step Asshide” wants their lifelong-injured surviving comrades at the back of the line over at Beeline and MilTrail with his lazy, lying butt in front.

    Ain’t religions grand? And you subsidize them every day with your property taxes. And your governor who campaigned in the hustings with a blatant “Vote for me, I’m the MOST christian” strategy unsurprisingly says their chants and incense will fix everything this weekend.

  19. Edward Says:

    Ted Deutch is an absolute disgrace along the lines of DWS and the criminal that he took over for, Robert Wexler. South Florida Jewish democrats have got to be some of the most stupid voters in the country. Zimmerman was not about stand your ground and last I checked, blacks are just able to get a carry permit. If blacks want fairness with regard to drug penalties maybe they should focus on not selling drugs rather than what happens to them after they get caught.

    As far as photo id for voters, the only reason that this disgrace of a congressman does not want that is so that they can continue to rig the voting system with illegal voters.

    Deutch is disgusting.

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