How Can African Americans Escape the ‘Plantation’ If We Can’t Vote? – Rolling Stone

Republicans are fond of recalling a past when the party didn’t so boldly embrace racism, often noting that the GOP began as an anti-slavery party in the 1850s. They regularly claim to be modern-day abolitionists as well, seeking to free black voters from the Democratic “plantation.” If you accept that condescending and ahistorical framing, you might think that Republicans would be working to increase ballot access for people of color. After all, how can black folks escape this supposed political bondage if we cannot vote?

Georgia’s Randolph County is the latest example of this contradiction. The area is rural, very poor and very black. More than 60 percent of the 7,000 people spread across its nearly 430 square miles are African American. In November, they’ll help choose the…

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