Journalist Greg Palast has a documentary out that I saw last week.
It’s called Vigilante: Georgia’s Voter Suppression Hitman
In case you’re wondering who the title is talking about, it’s Georgia Governor Brian Kemp.
There was a lot in the documentary that I already knew, because I have known about the lowdown voter suppressing tactics of Kemp for years. That wasn’t a surprise to me.
I appreciated the details, and making it clear that these were deliberate choices by Kemp, and nothing just happened. And, that his voter suppression tactics are rooted in the dark racist history of the Confederacy and the failure of Reconstruction.
What got to me. What hit the bottom of my BLACK soul, was putting a name and face to what Kemp has done.
There was an Elder. Had to be in her late 80’s, Early 90’s. She came to vote in 2020, and found herself a victim of Kemp’s voting purges. A woman who had probably been voting longer than I have been alive, found that there was NO RECORD of her. NONE. It wasn’t that her voting status had been changed to Cancelled. She was ERASED from the voting rolls. Her granddaughter, who looked to be in her mid-30’s, to early 40’s, was recounting how she had grown up going to vote with her grandmother. That was something that they did. The civics lesson that her grandmother was trying to teach her. And, when she spoke about how her record had vanished. Like all the times she had went with her grandmother, Kemp was saying that it was part of her imagination. That she and her grandmother didn’t really do that. It really HURT seeing the pain of our Elder. I know what our people went through in order to get the right to vote, and to see the pain that a piece of trash like Kemp is causing, just angers me.
There was another voter. A military man, based in California, but, was exercising his right to vote in Georgia. They showed the CAC who CHALLENGED this man’s voting status, thus denying him the right to vote. Palast even brought them face to face, and of course, the CAC couldn’t even apologize to our Major who was denied the franchise. Man serving this country, and these people challenged his right to vote. A good percentage of those in the Military avail themselves of the Federal Post Card Application, which is the application for Military and Overseas voters. Our people in the Military can vote from their last registration before they were shipped out on assignment. They have that right – PERIOD. And, to see this man be denied his right to the franchise was enraging.
I want people to grasp that these people, due to the Bills passed after the 2020 Election, can challenge THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AT ONE TIME. They don’t have to actually have to go to the Polling Place and challenge them, one on one – though, they will do that. They can challenge THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE- THAT THEY HAVE NEVER MET.
This is happening right now.
From Georgia this week:
“When I handed in my ID, the poll worker said I was being challenged.” You mean the person who challenged her wasn't even there? Can you just pick names off the voter roll in advance, then send them in and say "These people shouldn't vote"?! We need more details, this is nuts.
— tommio (@tommio) October 22, 2022
What I didn’t know, was the personal history of Brian Kemp. It’s exactly as you think it is. He is a descendant of a long line of slave holding racists. Period. Just…every stereotype that comes across…fits him.
And, any Black person who supports Kemp is as low as I thought it would be.