The Center for American Progress, which relies on data from the U.S. Census, polls and state voter files came up with this statistic: turn out of black voters here in Wisconsin dropped 19 percent between 2012 and 2016.

How did this happen? Gerrymandering is one reason. Another is our very strict I.D. laws that suppressed votes among seniors, students, and minorities. Our jails are full of people of color. A convicted felon cannot vote.

This detrimental legislation has not been good for democracy here. Who benefits? If you believe that people of color and students vote mostly Democratic then you could conclude it is the Republicans. Those people who govern using the idea of white privilege don’t belong in office. Wisconsin can do better so that we do not evolve into a state-sponsored racial caste system.

Jim Piojda

Racine

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