Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch has suggested that voter ID laws are part of a racist plot to roll back what Martin Luther King Jr. fought for but empirical evidence shows that voter ID doesn’t reduce minority turnout.
“Fifty years since the civil rights struggle we stand at a time when we see people trying to take back what Martin Luther King Jr. fought for,” Lynch said to an audience in Long Beach, NY. “People try and take over the State House and reverse the gains made in voting in this country.”
Lynch applauded the Justice Department for bringing suit against her home state of North Carolina for installing voter ID laws.
In fact, there isn’t a clear relationship between voter ID and depressing black vote. According to Atlanta Journal Constitution minority turn out actually increased in Georgia after voter ID laws were put into place.
Lynch also suggested that school discipline policies were racist.
“The dream is still continuing not only in the courts but in our schools,” Lynch told a largely black audience. “And we all know, education is the key. And we understand that discipline is important. We understand that rules are important but we also know that when we sit and look at schools that have the zero tolerance programs, they are often used, and they take our babies, minority children, black children, Hispanic children, and they put them out of school before they have a chance to learn.
“And so the Department of Justice, this past year, has gone into the South, although we’re looking further, and brought the first prison, school-to-prison pipeline cases against school districts in Alabama.”