NAACP Cites Clemmons’ Response to Racist Email in Opposing Voter ID Law

Myrtle Beach Online, August 30, 2012

Black leaders in South Carolina said Thursday that the response by the author of the state’s voter ID law to a racist email should help persuade a panel of federal judges to rule against it.

But the state lawmaker who received the emailed attack on the law and responded “Amen”—Rep. Alan Clemmons, R-Myrtle Beach—said he erred in his response. He said it would be unfair for the court to base its decision on the offensive and ignorant attitudes of one constituent.

South Carolina sued the U.S. Department of Justice in February, arguing that it was wrong to block a law requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification at the polls. A three-judge federal panel began hearing the case Monday in Washington.

On Thursday, a separate three-judge panel in the same federal courthouse ruled against a Texas voter ID law.

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The email read: “I don’t buy that garbage that if a poor black person or an elderly one, that these people won’t be able to get one. … They make it sound like these people are too stupid to get one.”

If the Legislature offered a hundred-dollar bill for getting a voter ID card, it continued, “you would see how fast they got voter ID cards with their picture. It would be like a swarm of bees going after a watermelon.”

Clemmons acknowledged in testimony that he responded “Amen” to the email sent to him during a 2009 legislative fight on his bill, and thanked the writer for supporting it. That proposal failed. A similar one passed last year.

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Clemmons said he regrets giving the hasty and inconsiderate response to a constituent he doesn’t know. He said the email reflects only the sender’s mindset, not his.

“What I thought at the time was, ‘This is someone I don’t want to engage in discussion. I’m going to move on.’ I wish I’d used a different word,” he said Thursday.

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The Justice Department decided last December that the law violates Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which aims to protect minority voters. South Carolina’s voter photo ID law was subject to approval from the Justice Department because of its past history of racial discrimination.

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Randolph said the email confirms the state is still stuck in the past.

“It’s part of a confirmation process,” he said. “People are in denial in this state when it comes to how good people are and how much progress we’ve made. There has been progress, but it’s minuscule.”

He noted that Tuesday marked the 55th anniversary of the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, then a South Carolina Democrat, launching his record-holding, 24-hour filibuster of the Civil Rights Act of 1957.

“That’s what this bill is about,” Randolph said. “We haven’t changed a whole lot.”

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Two Democrats who oppose the state’s voter ID law said racism is not in Clemmons’ nature.

Rep. Boyd Brown, D-Winnsboro, no stranger to a floor fight with Clemmons, called the email unfortunate but said Clemmons is “a genuinely nice guy.”

State Sen. Robert Ford, D-Charleston, a veteran of the Civil Rights movement who worked under Martin Luther King Jr., said Clemmons has aided his efforts to appoint African-American judges and isn’t a bigot.

“Clemmons is not that type of person. He is a good guy,” Ford said.

He said he’s offended by the Justice Department’s argument that South Carolina remains racist and can’t be trusted with the voter ID law.

“We have moved so far in South Carolina over the past decades. South Carolina used to be a bad place in terms of racism. We are not in that place today,” he said, while acknowledging the email shows racist attitudes still exist.

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  • People too stupid or lazy to get an easily obtainable voter i.d. should not be voting.  These people really drag down the United States.

  • Church_of_Jed

    Racist attitudes still exist in South Carolina because White privilege still exists.

    Look for both to be “disappeared” by the Diversity Nazis filling the ranks of Obama’s civilian army.

  • So, agreeing that people who are poor or black are perfectly capable of getting IDs means you are prejudiced against the poor and blacks?

    Whereas thinking that the poor and blacks are too stupid to be able to get IDs makes you a tolerant liberal?

    I’m wondering who the real bigots are here.

    • bluffcreek1967

      That’s a very good point, but in the liberal multi-cultural world everything is turned upside down! These people simply refuse to think straight and logical. Liberalism is pure insanity!

  • GB101

    “I don’t buy that garbage that if a poor black person or an elderly one, that these people won’t be able to get one. … They make it sound like these people are too stupid to get one.”
    Sounds to me like the email writer is saying he believes that blacks and the elderly are indeed smart enough to get picture IDs.  That’s racist?

    And the part deemed to be offensive:  If the Legislature offered a hundred-dollar bill for getting a voter ID card, it continued, “you would see how fast they got voter ID cards with their picture. It would be like a swarm of bees going after a watermelon.”

    Again, he is saying that they are smart enough to do so, but that the mere right to vote is not motive enough for them to do so.  Which is exactly what ID law opponents obviously believe.  Where is the racism?

  • I guess it’s “racist” to worry about whether dead registered voters will actually cast a ballot.

    A group in Charlotte claims to have found 30,000 DEAD registered voters!

    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/09/02/3497857/group-says-it-found-30000-dead.html

    • Church_of_Jed

      Obama in 2012: Criminalizing Ballot Integrity and White Privilege

      Amerika in 2013: The Auschwitz of White Humanity

      Earth in 2014: Very Bad, but predicted

  • Hirschibold

    I agree that requiring ID to vote is racist. And just yesterday I went to buy a pack of cigarettes and the cashier asked to see my driver’s license. I plant to contact Eric Holder to inform him of this ruthless act of tobacco suppression. 

  • ” ……It would be like a swarm of bees going after a watermelon.”

    Watermelon. LMAO. 
    Open mouth (or probably Outlook). Insert foot.

  • Enar_Larsson

    —“What I thought at the time was, ‘This is someone I don’t want to engage
    in discussion. I’m going to move on.’ I wish I’d used a different
    word,” he said Thursday.—

    So the Republican author of a voter ID law thinks that someone who believes blacks and the elderly are motivated by money but not by voting rights is unworthy of being engaged in discussion? Really? I thought it was disturbing when Pat Buchanan’s latest book was deemed unfit for public discussion but it is much worse when a politician who needs votes despises his supporters for being “racist”, according to some phantom definition of the weapon-word.

  • TheCogitator

    Let’s see, you need a photo ID to get on a plane, you need an ID to get into the Democratic National Convention, and that is all okay, but it is racist to expect a photo ID to vote.

    The inmates must be running the asylum. The insane people are in control.

  • Eagle_Eyed

    *The email read: “I don’t buy that garbage that if a poor black person or
    an elderly one, that these people won’t be able to get one. … They make
    it sound like these people are too stupid to get one.”*

    This is the exact logic that needs to be used when arguing with someone who is against Voter Identification.  Because the law is applied equally (i.e. everyone has to show voter ID), for someone to accuse the law of alleged discrimination that person is implicitly arguing that a certain demographic is too stupid or lazy to get a $5 ID card.  Either way, the opponent of ID laws is on the defensive, himself now having to defend against your charge of racism.

    • The__Bobster

      http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/08/15/1120524/-Unlikely-and-Unregistered-Voters-Strongly-Favor-President-Obama

      A Suffolk University and USA Today Poll reports that unlikely and unregistered votes favor President Obama by sizable margins, but don’t plan to vote because they are too busy, or figure it doesn’t matter because he will win anyway….

      according to a survey released Wednesday by Suffolk University and USA Today.

      Unregistered voters favored Obama over Romney by 43 percent to 14 percent, with 23 percent saying they would prefer a third-party candidate. Among unlikely voters, Obama led Romney by 43 percent to 20 percent, with 18 percent preferring a third-party candidate.

      While most polls try to screen out Americans who aren’t likely to cast a ballot, the Suffolk poll asked them why they weren’t planning to, finding that most felt they were too busy or that their votes didn’t matter.

  •  
    “Clemmons said he regrets giving the hasty and inconsiderate response to a constituent he doesn’t know. He said the email reflects only the sender’s mindset, not his.”
     
    While people shouldn’t be crucified for their opinions, I wish people in public officer were more aware that people are watching them like hawks and will attack for the slightest of reasons.
     
    A more thoughtful response should have been, “Thank you for your support”. 
     
     

  • Natassia

    What a pussy.

  • Variant_530035

    How do these poor people collect their food stamps and welfare without an ID? Are they simply sent out to anyone that provides an address? 

    • The__Bobster

      How do they buy booze and cigarettes without an ID?

  • CoweringCoward

    The DEAD overwhelmingly vote DemonicRat, enough said.

  • The__Bobster

    http://www.vdare.com/posts/obama-coronation-dodging-rain-or-too-many-blacks

    Obama Coronation Dodging Rain – Or Too Many Blacks?
    By Patrick Cleburne on September 5, 2012 at 12:14am

    https://www.vdare.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/fullsize/images/Patrick_Cleburne/W_Post_Blacks_1.jpg
    Accurate- but not quite the desired image!

    While some of problems stemming from Obamacrat hubris in choosing a fairly small Southern city for their convention are just coming to light, one has been widely discussed for some time – the difficulty in adequately filling the 74,000 seat Bank of America Stadium for Obama’s coronation.

  • The__Bobster

    http://hotair.com/archives/2008/07/15/university-apologizes-to-student-after-accusing-him-of-openly-reading-a-book/

    Behold the ne plus ultra of campus tolerance, in which the act of reading scholarly material now constitutes an actionable offense. Our culprit? A student-janitor named Keith Sampson. His weapon? “Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan.” The charge? Racial harassment, for thoughtlessly brandishing this anti-Klan book with an image of Klansmen on the cover where others might see it. The AP story describes what happens next, but to get the full Orwellian flavor you need to read Dorothy Rabinowitz’s op-ed. Quote:
    Mr. Sampson stood accused of “openly reading the book related to a historically and racially abhorrent subject in the presence of your Black co-workers.” The statement, signed by chief affirmative action officer Lillian Charleston, asserted that her office had completed its investigation of the charges brought by Ms. Nakea William, his co-worker – that Mr. Sampson had continued, despite complaints, to read a book on this “inflammatory topic.”…Ludicrous harassment cases are not rare at our institutions of higher learning. But there was undeniably something special – something pure, and glorious – in the clarity of this picture. A university had brought a case against a student on grounds of a book he had been reading.
    The charge of, ahem, “openly reading” was dropped after FIRE made a stink — but the accusation of “conduct” amounting to racial harassment wasn’t.

  • KD_Did

    I agree they are protecting voter fraud. What else makes sense to not require an ID to vote?  Many BMV offices here in Ohio now have police and holding rooms on location for people with warrants or other misdeads trying to renew or get an ID. And YES, they know many will be detained when trying to get ID. Now if they would do the same at the SS or Welfare offices….

  • Church_of_Jed

    “Diversity it a toxic biohazard targeted against White Humanity’s privilege of freedom and liberty.”

    -Rev. Jed DeValleysim, “How it ends for us,” 2009