Linda Fuller: Discrimination never works

October 10, 2013 

Never discrimination

Regarding your Oct. 1 news article “Praise, trepidation greet voter ID lawsuit”: Thankfully, the U.S. Department of Justice is suing the state over key provisions in its new voter ID law.

Discriminatory in intent from the get-go, its impact is designed to serve racial bias and suppression of human rights. Gov. Pat McCrory’s description of the federal suit as “overreach and without merit” is self-descriptive. No one can control what an elected official thinks, but in piloting such restrictive lawmaking he is at fault, and his service to the people rendered disingenuous. Blessedly, he and the advocates for these extreme and polarizing measures camouflaged as a voter ID law will be taken to task. These days, they just can’t get away with it anymore.

I support U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s position on this matter, though I hardly regard the suit as one waged “in sorrow.” Anyone who pretends that discriminatory actions are benign “commonsense measures” needs to be straightened out. North Carolina is facing a sustained teaching moment. Let the entertainment begin.

Linda Fuller, Raleigh

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