Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Rosanell Eaton, 92, Fights NC Voter Suppression

The Supreme Court's gutting of the Voting Rights Act has predictably resulted in moves by Republican-ruled Southern states to suppress the vote. Among these states is North Carolina, where Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill that requires a voter ID, among other measures to deny voting rights to minorities, the young and the poor. The North Carolina NAACP has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Rosanell Eaton, a 92-year-old black woman who had to pass racist "literacy tests" to vote under the Jim Crow laws of the past. After voting for 70 years, Eaton could be disenfranchised since the name on her birth certificate doesn't match the one on her driver’s license or voter registration card. During one of the "Moral Mondays" protests against Republican rule in North Carolina, Eaton gave a passionate speech. Watch:

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