I don’t think there is objective evidence that we’re precluding African-Americans from voting any longer.
– Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), 8/14/2013
In an article in The Atlantic, Andrew Cohen gives Rand Paul some pointers on where to find the “objective evidence” that he says doesn’t exist. He then offers Rand Paul a choice: Either get behind this myth and keep doubling-down on a losing hand (like the birthers did); or debunk it, and stand on the right side of history.
By the way, if you’re going to check out this article, there’s one other that you should read: This article in The Economist provides a bit of an overview of the recent history of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). If you’re like most Americans, you don’t know anything about ALEC — which is why you should read the article. It turns out that ALEC is behind a huge spate of conservative social issues legislation at the state level, including so-called Stand Your Ground laws and other gun rights activism, and (relevant here) voter suppression laws across the United States. They all came from one place, which used to operate almost unseen. ALEC is pulling the strings of state legislatures across the nation. Wherever you stand on these issues is beside the point; we should all know about ALEC and their role in these issues over the last decade or so.