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Russia Is Trying To Help The Republicans By Suppressing African-American Voting Rights

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In many ways, the United States has long been the most progressive nation on the planet. However, at the moment, it seems as though we are undoing all the steps forward we have taken in recent decades and centuries thanks to the fact that the current President of the United States and leader of the free world is a racist and a totalitarian. Perhaps the most concerning aspect of the presidency of Donald J. Trump so far (and there is, of course, a huge amount of competition in that) is his relationship with the government of Russia.

Going by what we know already, it is highly likely that Russian election interference is what installed him in the Oval Office in the first place. But recent reports have revealed that it does not stop there. Russia is still getting involved in American politics in extremely troubling ways, and this latest revelation might just be the most appalling yet. It seems that the Kremlin is now specifically targeting African-Americans, in order to try to suppress the Democratic vote as much as possible:

Adding its voice to a crescendo of complaints about Russian interference in both the 2016 presidential and the 2018 midterm elections, one of the nation’s most prominent civil rights and urban advocacy organizations decried efforts by foreign agents to use social media outlets to suppress voting turnout among black Americans. In its State of Black America 2019 report, released Monday morning at a news conference in Washington, D.C., the National Urban League (NUL) said that state-sponsored Russian activists fed into the nation’s simmering racial antagonism in an effort to tamp down black voters’ confidence and dissuade voting participation.

“A Russian-linked social media campaign called “Blacktivisty” used Facebook and Twitter in an apparent attempt to amplify racial tensions during the U.S. presidential election,” National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial said in a statement released to coincide with the public dissemination of the report. “It used the integrity of the Black Lives Matter hashtag (#BlackLivesMatter) to carry out an insidious campaign of voter suppression. Efforts to suppress the Black vote have coincided with a rapid diversification of the voting public,” Morial said. “The projected 2020 electorate is 66.7 percent white, down from 76.4 percent in 2000. The sad fact is, as the Black vote becomes more critical, efforts to suppress it grow stronger.”

It is shocking that this is the current state of our liberal democracy. We need to get back on track, and fast.


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