My latest for NBC Latino…

NBC Latino

Is forty-eight years long enough to erase centuries of systemic disenfranchisement of voters who belong to minority ethnic or racial groups?

If you are an eighteen-year-old African-American from the South, you need only ask your grandfather what it was like to be educated in a segregated school. And if you are a Latino from Arizona, you should ask your abuelos if they recall the term “Operation Eagle Eye,” a voter intimidation scheme designed by Republicans in the 1960s to suppress the vote of minorities.

I find it hard to believe that conservatives who revel in tradition and our connection to history have somehow managed to be convinced that those centuries-old traditions of suppressing minority rights have magically dissipated from society so easily.

These are the same conservatives who use scriptures written thousands of years ago to justify sustaining archaic myths about marriage as central to the foundation of civilization. It…

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