Election officials in South Carolina report a dirty trick that dates back to the civil rights movement is occurring there as Election Day approaches. The people behind the tactic, directed toward African-American voters, rely on frightening them — the old stereotype of blacks being easily scared. They also depend on the stereotype all or most African-Americans are lawbreakers. Additionally, the perpetrators assume black people are stupid.
The Associated Press reports.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A bogus letter circulating in South Carolina, purporting to be from the NAACP, threatens the arrest of voters who have outstanding parking tickets or failed to pay child support. The NAACP said Friday the letter is a scare tactic and called for an investigation.
``I'm outraged,'' said Jill Miller, director of the Charleston County Board of Election and Voter Registration. ``This is so bogus.''
The Rev. Joe Darby, vice president of the state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said he received the one-page letter - which had a Columbia postmark with no return address - at his Charleston home.
He said it was an attempt to frighten minorities from voting Tuesday because the letter-writer assumes black people are in trouble with the law.
``This is old South Carolina politics,'' said Darby. ``I don't think anybody will fall for this.''
. . .The letter also says voters must have a credit check, provide two forms of photo identification, a Social Security card, a voter registration card and a handwriting sample.
``None of that is true,'' said Miller. ``I certainly hope no voter would be taken in by this.''
The overwhelming majority of African-Americans in South Carolina traditionally vote for Democratic candidates. Republicans would benefit from suppressing their votes.
The Daily Kos says incidents of voter suppression can be traced to the GOP.
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