Black Voters Hit Hardest By South Carolina New Voter ID Law; But Don’t Tell Herman Cain

After seeing Herman Cain ripped to shreds by his opponents in the last Republican debate. I couldn’t help but to think that he’d be going down like a crack whore in a parked car. But lo and behold, according to polls, he has surged more than ever. Even more surprising to me was the fact that Herman Cain leads  in South Carolina, of all places; but then again, it’s not that surprising; after all, this is South Carolina. Yep, South Carolina isn’t quite the progressive state.

If you remember South Carolina is the state that brought us Rep. Joe Wilson and his infamous rebel yell, “You lie!” And who could forget the antebellum-era, “slavery was the shit,” Republican shindig last year. Maybe the best thing to happen in South Carolina was the emergence of surprise Democratic mid-term election candidate, Alvin Greene. But he didn’t win, so go figure. South Carolina also happens to be, well, pretty racist; and, it was the first state to secede from the union. Having said that, it really should be no surprise that South Carolina is bent on disenfranchising black voters:

COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s new voter photo identification law appears to be hitting black precincts in the state the hardest, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.

For instance, nearly half the voters who cast ballots at a historically black college in Columbia lack state-issued photo identification and could face problems voting in next year’s presidential election, according to the analysis of precinct-level data provided by the state Election Commission.[…]

[A]mong the state’s 2,134 precincts, there are 10 where nearly all of the law’s affect falls on nonwhite voters who don’t have a state- issued driver’s license or ID card, a total of 1,977 voters.

The same holds true for white voters in a number of precincts, but the overall effect is much more spread out and involves fewer total voters: There are 44 precincts where only white voters are affected, or 1,831 people in all.

The precinct that votes at Benedict College’s campus center has 2,790 voters, including nine white voters. In that precinct, 1,343 of the precinct’s nonwhite voters lack state identification, but only five white voters do. The former group accounts for 48 percent of the precinct’s voters.[…]

A precinct at South Carolina State University has 2,305 active voters, including 33 white voters. There, 800 nonwhite voters and 17 white voters there lack state IDs. More than a third of the voters in the precinct lack state photo identification. (source)

Pardon my sardonic wit, but with South Carolina being South Carolina, and the Republican party being champions of many causes — most importantly civil rights — does it surprise you that this is what’s happening? Is it any surprise that Herman Cain — the HNIC of the Republican party — will actually win the South Carolina primary? President Barack Obama won big in South Carolina in 2008 Democratic primary. Having said that, I don’t see Gov. Nikki Haley making time to give black voters rides to the DMV (like she said she would) to get those newly required identification for the purpose of voting. But I could be wrong; heck, Nikki Haley being a Native American, makes her  a minority, no? Surely like every Republican politician, Gov. Haley understands the just how much of a step back this must be for black folks in South Carolina. But then again, maybe they’re still pissed at Abraham Lincoln for freeing the slaves. If he didn’t, there’d be no Herman Cain; imagine that.