By Jeff Simpson
It amazes me, in an era where newspapers(for various reasons) are trying desperately to stay alive and relevant, yet they keep printing crap like "The Smart Set". In an era where people are clamoring for real news, someone at JSONLINE decided it would be a good idea to pay, a paid WPRI, Bradley employee, to write propaganda in their pages.
Recently, Schneider used his column space, to whine about a LTE written by our friend Scot Ross. Ross was amazed, like many of us were, that Schneider had the temerity to champion blatantly racist Voter ID laws in a column about Martin Luther King Jr.
No. To chalk up Schneider's column last week as ignorance would be the same as excusing the Bradley Foundation — which funds the conservative think tank — that underwrote racist, voter suppression billboards featuring people of color behind bars that appeared in minority communities in the days leading up to the 2010 election.Well Christian Schneider, who understands the pulse of the African American community, knows what is best for them. According to Schneider, what is best for the African American community, is to eliminate approximately 5 million minorities from voting. When Jim Crow is your best friend maybe its time to rethink your life!
Those billboards, which my organization and NBC's theGrio.com exposed as being financed with Bradley Foundation money, were designed to intimidate legal voters from casting their ballots. And they came back in 2012.
But just as these vestiges of racism were exposed and brought down by a dedicated group of community organizations and activists, so, too, will these fraudulent attempts to disenfranchise legal voters on the basis of their skin color.
Schneider and the Republican leadership know exactly what they are doing and to whom they are doing it when they manipulate the rules on voting, and there is no excuse for it. These despicable policies, the politicians who enact them and those who excuse them aren't engaging in "ephemera"; they're practicing racism.
After an unreal rant, citing Heritage Foundation statistics that cutting people off the voter rolls, is a sure way to increase participation(yea still trying to figure that one out, but this is the same Heritage Foundation that can come up with a study on a moment's notice, that says Paul Ryan understand economics), says (you can not make this stuff up)
It was about how photo ID is a minor issue compared to the real problems facing minorities in this country.So why should African Americans worry that the white republicans do not want them to vote? The African American community had better spend their time worrying about poverty and the high unemployment rate in their community and leave the voting to the rich white guys.
And you wonder why and how ignorance, hate and bigotry gets passed on from generation to generation.
I have to admit though, I do not read Schneider's posts anymore since they are usually so full of SH*T that it is a waste of time. So hats off to Scot Ross for pointing out Schneider's racism.
Here I thought he was just a homophobe, sexist and liar.