Republican attempts to stop American citizens of color from voting or to prevent their votes from being counted are hardly new. They date back at least to the time of President Richard Nixon's infamous white supremacist 'Southern Strategy" beginning in the 1970's, which older readers should not have any problem remembering.

But after the 2020 election, Republican efforts to prevent black and brown Americans from voting have reached frantic proportions, with Republican legislators in 43 states introducing bills that would make it much harder, if not impossible for nonwhite US citizens to vote. Shamefully, these attempts have now received the blessing of the Supreme Court's highly politicized right wing Republican majority in a voting rights case originating in Arizona.

Hillary Clinton, who, let us all remember, defeated Trump by 3 million votes in the popular vote in 2016, and would have become president if America were a true democracy instead of a quasi-oligarchy, has accurately condemned the GOP voter suppression as a:

"clear attempt to move away from a pluralistic, multi-racial democracy and toward white supremacist authoritarianism."

Why are the Republican attacks on minority voting rights now going into high gear? A recent report by America's Voice suggests that this is because the election strategy based on racist anti-immigrant attacks which elected Donald Trump in 2016 failed in 2020, as a majority of American voters are becoming more immigrant-friendly. See:

GOP AD WARS IN 2020: Divisive, Anti-Immigrant, and Racist

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The America's Voice report states:

"Trump's relentless strategy of cruelty and chaos toward immigrants the past four years turned historic numbers of voters away from him and contributed to his rejection from office by over 80 million voters who denied him a second term. However, it wasn't just Trump. As this report will show, the highest reaches of the GOP firmly and aggressively embraced Trump's racist tropes.

By Roger Algase
Attorney at Law
Harvard College A.B.
Harvard Law School LL.B.