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North Carolina’s nakedly racist voter suppression program reminds a judge of 1901.

North Carolina’s process for challenging voters’ registration seems to harken to a bygone era when fewer safeguards were in place, a federal judge said Wednesday as she presided over a lawsuit that alleges voters are being purged unfairly.

Lawyers for North Carolina countered that state data shows only a sliver of names have been removed from county rolls in the past two years – fewer than 7,000 statewide out of 6.8 million registered voters.

The comments came during an emergency hearing over NAACP allegations that at least three counties purged voter rolls through a process disproportionately targeting blacks.

Early voting is already underway in the critical swing state that the NAACP has previously sued over other voter access issues. So far, North Carolina’s black voter turnout has lagged the 2012 presidential election.

The NAACP says counties are violating federal law by removing voters less than 90 days before the election. However, state officials say the process complements federal law and preserves due-process rights.

U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs said multiple times the challenge process sounds “insane.”

“This sounds like something that was put together in 1901,” she told lawyers for the state.

Yeah, might be 1901. Although the way things are going, North Carolina in 1898 might soon be a scary but apt comparison:

A politically motivated attack by whites against the city’s leading African American citizens, the Wilmington Race Riot of 1898 documents the lengths to which Southern White Democrats went to regain political domination of the South after Reconstruction. The violence began on Thursday, November 10th in the predominantly African American city of Wilmington, North Carolina, at that time the state’s largest metropolis. Statewide election returns had recently signaled a shift in power with Democrats taking over the North Carolina State Legislature. The city of Wilmington, however, remained in Republican hands primarily because of its solid base of African American voters. On November 10th, Alfred Moore Waddell, a former Confederate officer and a white supremacist, led a group of townsmen to force the ouster of Wilmington’s city officials.

Waddell relied on an editorial printed in the African American-owned Wilmington Daily Record as the catalyst for the riot. Alex Manly, the editor of the Daily Record, had published an editorial in early November arguing that “poor white men are careless in the matter of protecting their women.” Paraphrasing articles by Ida B. Wells on the subject of lynching, Manly opined that “our experiences among poor white people in the country teaches us that women of that race are not any more particular in the matter of clandestine meetings with colored men than the white men with the colored women.” Manly’s public discussion of the taboo subject of interracial sex exposed the reality of sexual exploitation of black women by white men and challenged the myth of pure-white womanhood.

Forty-eight hours after Manly’s editorial ran Waddell led 500 white men to the headquarters of the Daily Record on 7th Street. The mob broke out windows and set the building on fire. Manly and other high profile African Americans fled the city; however, at least 14 African Americans were slain that day. An eyewitness later wrote that African Americans fled to the swamps, or hid in the African American cemetery at the edge of town. When their criminal behavior resulted in neither Federal sanctions nor condemnation from the state, Waddell and his men formalized their control of Wilmington. The posse forced the Republican members of the city council and the mayor to resign and Waddell assumed the mayoral seat. Over the next two years North Carolina passed the “grandfather clause,” as one in a series of laws designed to limit the voting rights of African Americans.

Who can’t see Pat McCrory getting behind this?

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  • SoRefined

    “Under state law, any voter can challenge another county resident’s registration, resulting in a hearing where the challenger presents evidence, according to a state legal filing. If local officials find probable cause, the challenged voter is given notice of a subsequent hearing. A voter who doesn’t rebut the evidence can be removed.”

    So maybe just in general one individual shouldn’t be able to disenfranchise another individual, that’s just not going to work out.

    eta the pertinent part of the NC law.

    • ThrottleJockey

      These local jurisdictions are a cluster fuck all over the country they’ve been ignoring these a Federal injunctions.

      I tell you what, I agree with Trump: The polls are rigged. In his favor.

      • DAS

        When Trump started talking about the election being rigged, my first thought is that someone told him the GOP was rigging the election, and he misunderstood and thought they were warning him that the Dems were rigging it.

        • BiloSagdiyev

          Eh, he just stuffed it in his Project-o-Meter and cranked the handle once and started firing.

        • econoclast

          Republican projection is so routine that it has to be a deliberate media strategy. Once they pre-emptively accuse the other side of what they’re going to do, they can hope that Both Sides Do It will take over.

        • los

          GOP was rigging the election, and he misunderstood and thought they were warning him that the Dems were rigging it.
          But America will win because 5 out of 4 Real American voters will vote[1] for Trump[2] – 7 out of 3 voters in the Real Patriotic American CSA!

          _________
          1. on November 28
          2. offer void in Utah

  • ThrottleJockey

    Yeah I saw that. It’s scary. As fuck. I more than halfway think Obama needs to call out the National Guard because I expect trouble. So much so I’ve volunteered to work the polls as part of the GOTV. Half way thinking about packing that day. For real.

    God help us.

    • Alfred Waddell

      Trolley Mctroll!

      • The Dark God of Time

        I like buttermilk pancakes. You?

        • doormaker

          I’ve always been a fan of waffles. The hotel I stayed at in Laredo today had waffle irons shaped like the state of Texas – even for someone who’s lived 20 years in the state, that’s a bit much. Still tasted good, though.

      • vic rattlehead

        Another sick, sad little pea brain.

      • rea

        гражданин доброго утра напевает

  • Denverite

    Meanwhile, here in Colorado, I got my ballot a couple of weeks ago. I could have mailed it in, but I wanted to drop it off in person. I could go to the police station a couple of blocks down the street, or the park rec center a half mile away, or stop at the library on my way to work. So many easy options. But I’m going to be in Wyoming on election day, so I need to remember to drop it off tomorrow or Saturday.

    • SoRefined

      I too live in Colorado, and I’m dropping mine off tomorrow. I usually go to the drop box at the county fairgrounds, but I really want that I Voted sticker so I am opting for the county clerk’s office instead.

      My ballot was three huge pages long so I am really glad NOT to be filling that mofo out in a booth.

    • Michael Cain

      Got my Colorado ballot early last week, filled it out and dropped it off at the city hall drop box a couple days later. Checked online, the county clerk’s office gives me the date is was processed.

      Per the latest at the Denver Post, comparing to two years ago, total ballots returned to this point are +35%. By voter affiliation, Dems +51%, unaffiliated +47%, Republicans +14%. Unless unaffiliated voters are breaking entirely for the Republican candidates, it’s looking like a Democratic wave.

      • ThrottleJockey

        Hey guys how does Colorado ensure the integrity of the vote without disenfranchising voters? Lots of poor people move frequently, but if they move how do they get a ballot if one was sent to their previous address? And if it’s sent to their previous address how do you know they filled it out and not the person who moved in afterward.

        • SoRefined

          You can update your registration online (or in person at voter service centers) if you move. I believe this can be done through Election Day. If you do not receive your ballot because you didn’t update your info ahead of time, you can request a replacement ballot at a voter service center.. (You can also request a replacement ballot in person if your ballot gets messed up or you make a mistake filling it out.)

          You are required to sign the outside of the envelope you return the ballot in, whether you mail it in or drop it off, and then your signature is checked against your signature on file before your ballot is counted. There is a whole detailed procedure for that you can look up fairly easily, but anecdotally I’m just going to throw out there that both my husband and I have had our legit ballots held for additional signature verification (via affidavit) so I gather they are pretty thorough.

          In my county (Boulder County) you can sign up for text alerts telling you when your ballot has been printed/sent to the post office/mailed to you/received by the county/accepted.

          • ThrottleJockey

            Thanks. Pretty cool . Didn’t realize it was that technologically sophisticated. I’m seeing posts on my FB feed of black people who’ve heard so many stories about tampered with machines flipping votes to Trump that they want paper ballots.

            • SoRefined

              I just wanted to add that you put your actual ballot in a security sleeve and then put the whole shebang into the envelope, presumably so that the person opening the envelopes does not directly see your ballot.

              I looked at the actual regulations and it seems like they go to a lot of trouble to be sure the secrecy of the ballot is preserved while still having a way to find a ballot if there is a discrepancy later.

              • Denverite

                Just filled out my ballot. My biggest qualm is the signature line on the envelope is too short. The date ran on to the witness line for those who can’t sign and have to make a mark. My wife joked that my signature is so indecipherable that she should sign the witness blank.

                • efgoldman

                  my signature is so indecipherable that she should sign the witness blank.

                  Mine was scribbly to start with. Since my strike it’s just squiggles. But since we have neither early nor mail in voting in RI, it really doesn’t cause any hassle.

                • SoRefined

                  I think it’s a comparison thing, so as long as it’s *consistently* indecipherable, it should work out.

                • Denverite

                  Dropped mine off at the police station this morning. Voting literally took me five minutes including filling out a long ballot.

    • DrDick

      Mailed mine in over a week ago.

  • BiloSagdiyev

    The white militia even rolled around town with a machine gun on a wagon.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1895_Colt%E2%80%93Browning_machine_gun

    That was some cutting-edge shitte in those days. While I don’t think that the Ted Nugent Brigade nowadays is secretly hiding a 20mm Vulcan gatling gun, just the sheer number of AR’s and AK’s out there anymore…

    I have been slowly picking through a book about the Wilmington coup for two years now (it’s… both depressing and academically dry) and also, too:

    Not only was there no sanction, there was applause from certain parties across the Southeast, as the example had been set and they were eager to fix the “problem” of uppity negroes and poor whites voting in ways that hindered RealMurkinFreedom.

    Also, I hope you’re sitting down for this, but working class whites were given hints of promises that once this whole uppity negro skilled labor situation was taken care of, why they’d get those good jobs back (they took ur jerbs!) and pay raises, too! Yet, after the whole thing was over… why, you’ll never guess…

    Another tragic consequence of this coup is that some people had to flee and live in … Philadelphia.

    • BiloSagdiyev
    • While I don’t think that the Ted Nugent Brigade nowadays is secretly hiding a 20mm Vulcan gatling gun, just the sheer number of AR’s and AK’s out there anymore…

      The good news is that they’re not very organized. The Bundy Ranch yahoos by all accounts turned on each other *fast*, and the militia types all want to play commander, not soldier.

      The bad news is that you’re right, there are a lot of military grade weapons out there. I’ll be surprised if that asshole who killed those cops in Iowa is the last we see, pre or post election. He’s the usual type: domestic violence charges, fucked up his life over and over again, feels victimized and cheated. It’s a potent mix, and in a country where Trump’s going to get sixty million votes and still lose…man, I really hope he concedes without implying he was robbed.

      • los

        Bannon probably wants Trump to incite “something”. But a Beckian rally in DC might be good enough.
        Stone seems more like a mean prankster, rather than a nihilist.

        The others prefer that their careers continue. (Corey got a yuge promotion)

        Surrogates such as Batboy and Lewt similarly want to delay their disappearance from foxnews “analyst” status.

    • witlesschum

      It’s a very useful object lesson in regards to right to bear arms nonsense.

      I’m sure Republicans in Wilmington of both races had guns, too, but the point of them turning out to fight losing shootouts with better-organized paramilitaries backed by the state government would have been what? Some places tried armed resistance during Reconstruction, of course, but they lost, too, and were murdered in great numbers.

      Widespread gun ownership has never been a check on the local power structure, just the opposite.

      • BiloSagdiyev

        And yes, specifically in Wilmington, a few fought back, but they just didn’t have the numbers/firepower to stop it.

        “Me have rifle! And me friends, too!” caveman type thinking only works if you’re a majority. Of course, right wing authoritarians in this country think they are, for they are RealMurkins, and everybody else is invisible. Why, everyobdy they know would never vote for a Democrap!

        • so-in-so

          They MAY have a majority of the guns, however. Also, if the police and maybe the military take their side…

          • BiloSagdiyev

            Oh yes. It is a concern. But their prescription of “a rifle in every hand” does not really make for Freedom like they claim. All depends on what group you’re in.

  • Hercules Mulligan

    1898? Please. This is 1850s (precise year determined by your level of optimism).

    • Alfred Waddell

      Trolley Mctroll!

      • Hercules Mulligan

        I sympathize, but calling this 1876 presumes that we’ve already won the war…

      • efgoldman

        CLEANUP ON AISLE RACIST TROLL (also in the next thread)

        • Hercules Mulligan

          Hah, didn’t even notice. Just saw the year and thought they were a standard (if uninteresting) LGM commenter…fascinating. I like to think our trolls are much more amusing than most.

  • BGinCHI

    Taught Charles Chesnutt’s The Marrow of Tradition earlier this semester, which is a terrific novel of the Wilmington massacre.

    Highly recommended.

    • BiloSagdiyev

      I’ve also heard of this historical novel, Cape Fear Rising.

      https://www.amazon.com/Cape-Fear-Rising-Philip-Gerard/dp/0895871653/

      I think coverage of that book coming out on Democracy Now (aka Amy Goodman’s Cold Oatmeal Hut) that was the first I had ever heard of this one.

      • BGinCHI

        That looks a bit like hack work.

        The Chesnutt is great stuff by a black writer who was fair-skinned enough to often pass. Lots of excellent dissections of racism, class-conflict, and of course the Wilmington pogrom.

  • Alfred Waddell

    Trolley Mctroll!

    • Gareth

      Only a few days until the GOP becomes the white man’s party and we get a real white man’s government

      You’re half right.

      • DrDick

        For rhw record, it is already a white man’s party, having alienate most minorities and women.

      • DrDick

        For the record, it is already a white man’s party, having alienate most minorities and women. A sure track to electoral victory, with less than a third of the electorate.

      • los

        real white man’s
        “real white man” presumably refers to the ranting rambling egotististical GOP’s 2016 Presidential candidate with the thin skin, glass jaw, and small hands.

  • Bruce Vail

    One of my wife’s ancestors was a Confederate officer assigned to the defense of Wilmington. After the fall of Fort Fisher, he was engaged in some minor battles with the Yankees till the big fight at Bentonville, where he was wounded and captured.

    There were some very active Confederate veterans group in the Wilmington area, and some of the vets played a role in the 1898 riot. My researches haven’t turned up any connection between my wife’s extended family and the riot, though I won’t be too surprised if something like that turns up as I continue my research.

  • NonyNony

    Allright – who left the door open and let the white supremacist in?

    ETA: Can we get a troll cleanup please – that response to TJ was disgusting. (Make sure you don’t feed the trolls, people – it makes it easier to nuke them from orbit).

    • Alfred Waddell

      Trolley Mctroll!

      • jim, some guy in iowa

        distinction without a difference

        • Alfred Waddell

          Trolley Mctroll!

        • NonyNony

          Please don’t feed the troll jim – it makes it harder to clean up after the troll and if you feed trolls they will stick around hoping to get another treat.

          • Alfred Waddell

            Trolley Mctroll!

    • bender

      I was tempted on the previous entry, but refrained for the reason you give.

      • ThrottleJockey

        Yeah never feed the trolls. Their time is free, ours isn’t. If it’s either post here or fap I’d rather they fap off. Beats them breeding.

        • rea

          Their time is free

          On the contrary, he’s working long shifts for little pay in St. Petersburg

          • NonyNony

            Naw – this blog is too low population to garner paid trolls. We get the ones working for their own amusement – the paid ones hang out at major newspaper and magazine comment threads. That’s why the ones we get here are so lame and obvious.

            • Origami Isopod

              I’d hate to think that anyone was paying Jenbob or Dagchester. Or Rick V. Enema. I mean, I’m happy when wingnut herders flush their money down the toilet, but it’s still kind of cringy to think about.

            • los

              there are some “infowars” trolls on facebook, twitter…

  • Alfred Waddell

    Trolley Mctroll!

  • Bruce B.

    The original Alfred Waddell, for those curious.

    • He’s actually mentioned in the original post, in one of the block quotes. This Nazi isn’t very creative.

  • Bruce Vail

    Off topic – I voted today.

    I voted for Hillary, but nobody tell Scott, because I want to yank his chain on Jill Stein one more time.

  • DrDick

    I think 1921 may soon make a return visit to Oklahoma.

  • burnspbesq

    No way McCrory would have the stomach for direct action.

    Art Pope, on the other hand …

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