Lucy Parsons, an American labor organizer, once said, “Never be deceived that the rich will permit you to vote away their wealth.” I used to think this could never possibly happen in America, and there would never even be a need for it. After all, the majority are not “pure socialists” or as radical as Lucy was: we are not going to come one day and take away all their money and land.
But the news that Georgia has passed SB 202, totally overhauling voting laws, sends an even scarier message: they know what’s coming, and they’re refusing to even pay their fair share.
The visual of a Black woman lawmaker outside of Governor Kemp’s door, being arrested, while a group of rich white men inside celebrate the signing of SB 202, is not one that will soon be forgotten. It is so disheartening. Just when President Biden is making historical changes largely benefiting minorities, the poor and the working middle class, now we have to fight to even vote.
But the words of Rosa Parks should give us all strength and hope: “The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.” The GQP loves attacking the disadvantaged, poor, elderly and disabled, because they think they can’t fight back. Let’s show them different.