Thursday, September 30, 2004

African-Americans "afraid to vote

An African-American civil rights spokeswoman said on Wednesday that the new computerized voting machines "terrify" her, and that blacks are "afraid of machines like that."

Joanne Bland, the director and co-founder of the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute in Selma, Ala., told on Wednesday that the new computerized voting machines are going to intimidate black voters in Florida and elsewhere and surpress their vote in the November presidential election because many blacks are not "technologically savvy."

Tell me something please, why isn' the African-American community up in arms over a statement like this? Bland basically said the blacks are too stupid to learn how to use a machine.
"The computers really terrify me. The electronic voting -- the new machines -- I think it will turn off a segment in my community, particularly the elderly. We are not as technically savvy, and we are afraid of machines like that, and they (African-Americans) probably won't go [to the polls] and they probably won't ask for assistance, said Bland, who spent the last week in Florida.

"It is going to turn them off totally and I want that to stop," said Bland, who also serves as a spokeswoman for the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Public Accuracy, which predicts that "several million voters" may be "deprived of voting rights again" in 2004.
Ahhh, it starts already. Charges of disenfranchisement. Most communities using these new computer voting systems are having clinics for their community to learn how to use the machines. There are also poll workers who are more than willing to help ANY voter with the machines. Now tell me, how is it anyones but the person who decides not to vote faul,t that they don't vote?

Voting is a duty of every American so get off of your lazy ass and do it. Stop making excuses of why you can't. If YOU decide not to vote because a machine scares you, good, you're an idiot and don't deserve to vote and have no say so in American politics.

I am utterly tired of listening to people bitch about the state of this country when they won't take the time to be a part of the system to change it. If you stay at home on November 2, shut up, I don't want to listen to you. YOU decided it wasn't worth it, YOU decided a machine was too "scary", YOU decided it was easier to whine than to make a change. SHUT UP.