First Lady Michelle Obama said over the weekend that she thinks Voter ID laws hearken back to the Jim Crow era and that opposition to them is akin to the marches and sit-ins of the Civil Rights era of the 1950s and 1960s.
“This is the march of our time — marching door to door, registering people to vote. Marching everyone you know to the polls every single election,” Michelle Obama said in a speech before the Congressional Black Caucus Saturday night. “This is the sit-in of our day — sitting in a phone bank, sitting in your living room, calling everyone you know — your friends, your neighbors, that nephew you haven’t seen in a while, that classmate you haven’t spoken to in years —making sure they all know how to register, where to vote — every year, in every election.”
Obama missed the point of Voter ID laws when she insinuated that such laws discourage people from voting, ignoring the relative ease of obtaining state-sanctioned photo identification or birth certificates in most states.
And photo IDs are required to do most other things in society such, including taking a tour of the White House. As of yet, the First Lady has not protested having the Secret Service screen White House visitors’ government-issued photo IDs or called the practice “racially discriminatory.”
Such laws guard against non-citizens voting and ensure that people are unable to vote under other people’s names, yet the First Lady insists on using emotionally charged rhetoric to change the subject.
“This is the movement of our era – protecting that fundamental right not just for this election, but for the next generation and generations to come,” Obama said. “Because in the end, it’s not just about who wins, or who loses, or who we vote for on Election Day. It’s about who we are as Americans. It’s about the democracy we want to leave for our kids and grandkids.”
The insinuation in all of this is that black Americans are not smart enough to know how to get the proper documentation needed to get a photo ID.