Thursday, March 09, 2006

 

Jackson- N.O. White Conspiracy


He also believes there is a "conspiracy" to keep black voters away from the polls.

Mayoral candidate Peggy Wilson dismissed any concerns about the suppression of African American votes. "That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard of ..."

By Marc Morano
CNSNews
Senior Staff Writer
(excerpt)

Jesse Jackson, founder and president of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, claims the evacuated black residents are about to see their voting rights denied. "Katrina's survivors are about to be brutalized once more," Jackson wrote in a Chicago Sun Times column that was published Tuesday.

The Louisiana state government has made provisions for the state's evacuees to have an early and extended voting period at selected locations throughout the state to cast their ballots for state and local offices. The secretary of state's office is also planning to mail an estimated 700,000 voter information packets to registered voters currently living outside of Louisiana, including many of those who fled New Orleans as a result of Hurricane Katrina in late August.

But Jackson is not satisfied with the steps taken thus far, ahead of the April 22 mayoral election in New Orleans. "New Orleans has gone from two-thirds African American to majority white," Jackson wrote in the Sun Times column.

"Now their rights are about to be trampled once more in an injustice that may finally do more to destroy New Orleans than the storm did, by forcibly disenfranchising the city's black majority," Jackson wrote.

Mayoral candidate Peggy Wilson dismissed any concerns about the suppression of African American votes. "That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard of -- absolutely has no basis in fact," Wilson told Cybercast News Service. Wilson has received the Republican Party's endorsement.

"Everybody has known for a long time that we have an election coming up. We have an election for mayor every four years and for the city council. It's not a secret and it's very easy for anyone who wants to vote to have access to a ballot or to come back into town," Wilson said.

They are planning to hold an election with a secret voting roll in New Orleans," Jackson wrote.

He also believes there is a "conspiracy" to keep black voters away from the polls.

"Louisiana, by refusing to release the voting rolls of the dispersed citizens of New Orleans, and by conspiring with the Bush administration to deny dispersed registered residents ready access to polling booths and absentee ballots, is once more acting with blatant discriminatory effect," Jackson stated.

"We will not allow voting rights to be trampled by those happy to build a New Orleans stripped of its racial majority," he added.

The racial make-up of New Orleans has been the subject of controversy since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005. Nagin in January called for the rebuilding of a "chocolate New Orleans."

"You can't have New Orleans no other way," Nagin said. He later apologized for those comments.


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