Justice Department Expert Witness: Blacks ‘Less Sophisticated Voters’

J. Christian Adams, Breitbart, October 20, 2014

An expert witness paid with tax dollars by the United States Department of Justice testified that North Carolina election laws impact black voters disproportionately and that blacks are less sophisticated.

Charles Stewart, a political scientist was retained by the Justice Department to testify against voter identification laws and other election integrity measures. His testimony argued that ending same day voter registration and requiring voters to vote in the precinct where they live constitutes racial discrimination.

When asked if terminating the ability to register to vote on the day that someone casts a ballot impacts blacks disproportionately, Stewart testified in court that it did. Stewart:

It’s also the case that–well, yes, so it would, empirically more likely affect African Americans. Also, understanding within political science, that people who register to vote the closer and closer one gets to Election Day tend to be less sophisticated voters, tend to be less educated voters, tend to be voters who are less attuned to public affairs. That also tells me from the literature of political science that there are likely to be people who will end up not registering and not voting. People who correspond to those factors tend to be African Americans, and, therefore, that’s another vehicle through which African Americans would be disproportionately affected by this law.

Blacks tend to be less sophisticated, less educated, and lower information voters, according to a taxpayer-funded Justice Department expert. {snip}


Stewart was also asked, “and you are saying that unsophisticated voters have more trouble figuring out what the rules and regulations are for voting. Is that your testimony?

Stewart: People who have lower education and who have less–that pay less attention to public affairs will have greater problems figuring out how to vote, yes.

Q. Okay. So your testimony is that African Americans are less sophisticated than white voters; is that right?

Stewart: My understanding is that African Americans have lower levels of education in North Carolina, and I know from the public opinion work that African Americans report that they paid less attention to public affairs on average than white voters do probably because of the differences the education.

Q. Do you think they are less able to figure out what the rules are for when you have to register to vote and when you have to go vote?

Stewart: The ability to figure these things out is related to one’s education. As I said, that ability–those average abilities are due to differences in things like education.

Q. Okay. So then you are saying that African American voters have less ability to figure out what the rules are for voting?

Stewart: I said African Americans have less education, which leads to an ability to navigate the rules of the game.


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  • MekongDelta69

    Only the gov’t. needs an ‘expert witness’ to state the obvious

    • Alexandra1973

      Worse yet they get paid to do it.

      Your tax dollars going to Captain Obvious.

  • Giving stupid, uneducated, unmotivated low information black slugs the franchise.

    Yay democracy!

    On the other hand, at least we have proof that our enemies know the time of day about racial differences.

  • dd121

    Blacks less sophisticated? You don’t say.

    • me

      Less sophisticated is the new stupid.

      • Jesse_from_Sweden

        Welcome to Newspeak, courtesy of Orson Welles and implemented by the left.
        “same stuff, different names”, but at least it sounds better.
        And it’s also better for fooling the “less sophisticated”….

        • George Orwell, not Orson Welles. Orwell wrote 1984, in which he coined the term Newspeak. Orson Welles directed and starred in the landmark film Citizen Kane, among others. Both great men but for different reasons.

          • “Love is hate, peace is war, we are the class of ’84.”

          • Jesse_from_Sweden

            My apologies.
            Mixed them up apparently.

    • HE2

      Shocked me too, dd. :]

    • Usually Much Calmer

      It is not what he said, but where and how he said it that makes this story news.

      And it is news. It is very good news.

  • WR_the_realist

    The same blacks who are supposedly too unsophisticated to get a state ID and vote in their own district are somehow able to negotiate the bureaucratic maze and get food stamps, WIC payments, Medicaid, and housing subsidies.

    • HE2

      WR, messcans can jump the border knowing not one word of English, illiterate in their own language, and navigate the system to its highest level of sophistication.
      Their first, and for some, only English words are, “I know my rights.”

    • They also have an army of social workers to help them with that. Your tax dollars at work.

    • R L Buds

      Years ago I tried to get some help, you’re right it’s a maze for whites who aren’t completely worthless. But the young PR guy (same as black IMO) who had just “graduated” HS was being shown everything he “qualified” for and how to get it; they pretty much held his hand though the whole proccess. They grudgingly gave me $86 a month in foodstamps for three months, I found out later that I did qualify for more and that the white who “helped” me was really just lying to me and making sure the undertow got theirs (or is that ours?).

  • Oil Can Harry

    “Yo dawg, whatchoo mean my peoples be less sophisti-muh-cated? Dass rayciss, nome sane?”

    • Jesse_from_Sweden

      “Naw, brah, dis be good for da bruthas so dis ain’t rayciss yo, dis is justice for da black man”.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    America should just go ahead and change the national motto of “e pluribus unum” to “we cater to the lowest common denominator”.

    • Sick of it

      “And if it isn’t bad enough locally, we’ll import worse…”

    • Nancy

      Sure, why not? It’s already the de facto motto of the public school system.

  • phorning

    You need a certain level of education to read a postcard in the mail that says, “vote at this location on this day?” Their arguments have become insulting to any reasonable person.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      Remember, a significant proportion of blacks are functionally illiterate. You’d be surprised how many of them can’t read something like that.

      (Not that I’m saying we should change the system. I’m just pointing out that a lot of blacks really can’t do something that seems trivially easy to almost all whites.)

  • ncpride

    Blacks tend to be less sophisticated, less educated, and lower information voters, according to a taxpayer-funded Justice Department expert. {snip}

    Uh-oh. Eric ‘my people’ Holder will now order them to shut up. How dare they criticize the sacred Negro.

  • On the other hand, I am a very sophisticated voter. Four years ago, the city of Colorado Springs was going to replace some bridges and build more sidewalks in my area. It still hasn’t been done, but now they claim to need more money to do the same damned thing, four years later. I voted via mail and said “no” on that one. I want to know where the money we voted for that actually went. It probably got a Senior Diversity Coordinator of Diverse Diversity Diversitards a better office.

    “Gibs us some mo’ money ’cause we gots ta be haben dat, gnome sayin.”


    • Alexandra1973

      Good point. “We voted for the levy, where’s the goods? Well, what DID you spend it on?”

      Need to have a good long-term memory here.

  • Luca

    Blacks are less sophisticated, have less education, are less attuned to public affairs, they may not register to vote, may not vote, and expecting blacks to vote in the precincts where they live is really racial discrimination.

    Lets dispense with the big words, shall we? Translation: Blacks are lazy, ignorant, oblivious, irresponsible people and expecting them to act like responsible adults is simply a fantasy. So let’s make special excuses and allowances for them, blame it on White peoples’ discrimination and just make it easier for them to vote for Democrats.

  • libertarian1234

    The vast majority of blacks will never be informed, intelligent voters.

    Besides having great difficulty in understanding abstract concepts and being able to reason and logic on a level higher than the 7th grade, blacks don’t really care about what happens to this country as a whole. They’re concerned only with issues that impact blacks and all things black to the exclusion of everything else. Such a lack of mental abilities and such deplorable attitudes make them great candidates for having their votes rendered null and void in every election throughout the country.

    But of course that will never happen.

    The only way we’ll ever get our own sovereign nation back is to create a new one via secession.

    Or via civil war.

    • Nonhumans

      Most likely the latter in pursuit of the former.

  • TL2014

    Love that verbal dance/duel.

    Give it a couple years and sanity will come back to this country.

    • Nonhumans

      Don’t hold your breath. The libtards are hell-bent on destroying this country through adamant denial of any degrees of blunt reality. In the midst of an actual race-war, they would still believe that “Race is only a Social-Construct”.
      Maybe their stubborn stoopidity will one day thin the hell out of their numbers.

    • WR_the_realist

      Not a chance. The Bell Curve was published two decades ago. What sanity did it bring about? None at the political or university level.

  • superlloyd

    Disparate impact for blacks is due to inferior cognition and greater propensities to violence and indolence; It is not due to racial discrimination.

    This is an obvious truth that cannot be gainsaid by leftist contortions and misuse of language. However, in today’s insane cultural marxist zeitgeist the truth is subversive and the first casualty of the war on civilisation.

  • RacialRay

    “Dain Bramage? Ah don’ know what dat sh!t is, but dey say all da bruthas GOTS it, yo.”

    – Moe Gibbs

  • Adolf Verloc

    Even way back in the Sixties, as a pro-civil-rights liberal sprout, I couldn’t see what the problem was with a literacy test for voters as long as it was fairly applied. If your knowledge of national and world affairs is limited to what you see on “Survivor,” you shouldn’t be voting no matter what your race is.

    • Kenner

      A logic test would eliminate the entire female bloc of the Democratic Party.

  • Brakedust

    Hey…why make ’em show up at all? Just assume the obvious: all their votes are Democrat so let the computers match the names from EBT, SS, Disability, prisons with Democrat candidates and judges and propositions. That takes care of it. Their right to vote won’t be suppressed any longer.

    • Kenner

      Don’t forget APBs.

  • LHathaway

    Hmm. . blacks lack impulse control, foresight, and are crime prone?

    Let’s see. . Blacks are not civilly minded and won’t even vote. . .

    What are we Really trying to do here, increase the white vote? We could sure use it.

  • Pathfinder75

    Can anyone here name one benefit of allowing blacks the right to vote? I personally can’t think of any.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      That was a provocative question.

      Setting aside a democratic ideal of expansive sufferage in general and thinking only of the functional influence, I have to say no, not one. I’m kind of amazed.

      Democracy is a western concept and society is a racial construct, I don’t know why I am surprised, but yes, their participation is at the very best irrelevant. Wow. The record of evidence implies their own interests are better served by their electoral disenfranchisement.

  • archer

    Registering the same day to me is an indication of fraud, you should have to register months in advance with a legal address and an ID that states that address. No ticky no shirty.

  • baldridge999

    This rotten gov’t relies on the dumbass vote to maintain control. They NEED to facilitate and maximize the votes from morons, illiterates and fools.

  • Alexandra1973

    The number of blacks I know who are aware, I can count on one hand and have fingers left over. One fellow has anti-NWO writings on Scribd. Another one I know of, she and her husband (also black) adopted a black baby girl and are homeschooling and teaching her to read out of the Bible. I used to get newsletters from her, as her husband has a home-based church, last I knew.

    Now the other 99.99999%….

  • Earl Turner

    Less sophisticated? Less sophisticated?

    How about less evolved? A different species, unsuited to the higher demands and responsibilities of Western Civilization.

  • next will be a government funded study to confirm that the sky is really blue.

  • Rusty Shackelford

    Less sophisticated is a kind and generous term. It’s like when fat women are referred to as “plus size”.

  • Usually Much Calmer

    This guy says, in a public role, that different outcomes are due to different capabilities.

    You guys have become way too cynical to piss and moan about how trivial this is. I’ve been reading Lawrence Auster lately and the first thing I thought was how gratifying this would have been for him to read.

    ‘Different outcomes stem from different capabilities.’ ‘Blacks do not care about public affairs.’ ‘They are not sophisticated.’ Many of you don’t have the courage to say these to your knitting circle. This guy said it to the government and came out smiling.

    See the forest as well as the trees.