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PEW: HISPANIC VOTERS WILL TURN SOUTH PURPLE

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From the Miami Herald:



Huge surges among Hispanic populations in the Deep South could mean a political sea change over the next two decades, as immigrants become naturalized and they and their American-born children register to vote, political and demographics experts say.


The states with some of the largest percentages in Hispanic population growth make up a large swath of the Southeast: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, according to an analysis of the most recent census figures by the Pew Hispanic Center.


In all those Republican-dominated states, the percentage of Hispanics nearly doubled.



Given the changes that are coming, it might explain why some are pushing to repeal birthright citizenship, a right guaranteed under the Constitution. The voices calling most loudly for such changes are coming from the states with the fastest changing demographics.


This is not new in America. After the Civil War, freed slaves were starting to have an immediate impact on electoral politics in the South and succeeded in electing African Americans to local and statewide office in the South. That success lasted until the 1880s when vigilante groups like the Ku Klux Klan used violence to prevent voting. Eventually, state legislatures imposed their own barriers such as literacy tests and poll taxes to largely end black suffrage for nearly 100 years. It took Supreme Court cases, the 25th Amendment to the Constitution (barring poll taxes) and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to finally guarantee the right to vote for African Americans.


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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    In the death penalty cases, the prosecutor generally says that the reason for demanding death is that the murderer showed no remorse. The white southerners have shown no remorse for slavery, Jim Crowe, etc. In fact, 46% of the MS GOP not only opposes intermarriage, but want it banned...no remorse, no apologies...death penalty warranted...sooner the whites become minorities the better and it would be a lot sooner if the African American women stop complaining about black men and go for mail order husbands in Africa or the Caribbean!
  2. Another Voice's Avatar
    We shall see I think the way the President has acted on Immigration the Hispanic vote may stay home.....but maybe they will give him another chance. What do they have to lose? Things have gone from bad to worst under his watch.
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