As Democrats continue to push back against GOP efforts to require identification for voters, claiming such a standard is “racist,” on-the-street reporting from 2016 by Ami Horowitz has again become relevant.
Horowitz took to the streets of Berkeley, California, to ask white liberals about their views on voter ID, and, to no surprise, they all said the requirement was racist. Some of the reasons they gave as to why included black Americans’ apparent lack of access to the Internet, lack of access to the DMV, and a general lack of knowledge about how to access identification.
“These type of people don’t live in areas with easy access to DMVs and other places where they can get identification,” one man argued.
A female said, “For most of the communities, they don’t really know what is out there, just because they’re not aware, or they’re not informed.”
Another woman said it was racist that convicted felons are not allowed to vote, suggesting most convicted felons are black. “If when we look at a swing state like Florida, that’s a huge population of the African-Americans,” she said.