Who Purged Elderly Black Voters in 2020?
During the November 3, 2020 election Dallas County Elections reported thousands of purged voters from the Dallas "Southern Sector", home to a large number of Black citizens.
Ninety two percent of purged voters were older than 65.
Click the ZIP CODES to find your purged Southern Sector friends and neighbors:
IN-PERSON PURGED VOTERS
Three questions must be answered:
1. Who purged these voters and why?
But first a little history.
For a hundred years Texas was a one-party state that suppressed Black voters.
There were several low points during the period:
1. Governor Jim Hogg urged passage of "Jim Crow Laws".
In addition for nearly 50 years the City of Dallas was controlled by the Ku Klux Klan. The National Grand Wizard, Hiram Wesley Evans of Dallas, boasted that Klan Chapter 66 was the largest in the nation and strove to make it a national political power.
The 1924 Presidential Convention in Madison Garden featured so many white-robed delegates that the New York Daily News referred to the event as the "KlanBake".
The eventual nominee John W. Davis of West Virginia went on to be crushed by Calvin Coolidge. Evans' national ambitions were over but there was still plenty of work to do in Dallas. The final peak of Dallas influence was the election of local Klan leader Robert L. Thornton as mayor in 1953.
The US Supreme Court overturned the "White Primary" law in 1944, but Dallas would have the poll tax for another 13 years. The City honored R. L Thornton with a freeway.
During that period Dallas Blacks were disenfranchised by the thousands. These were the people who ran things in 1953.
Seventy years later Dallas Blacks are once again being disenfranchised by the thousands. These are the people who run things now.
Famous WHO philosopher Peter Townshend opined on how little things change in "Won't get fooled again".
Meet the new boss,
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