The Brad Blog reports on a speech by John Tanner, the Chief of the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice. The videotape was rolling when Chief Tanner cut loose with views on how new laws requiring voters to show a photo ID will impact elders.
He allows that its “a shame” that older voters may be disenfranchised by new Photo ID restrictions at the polls because many don’t have driver’s licenses, however, minorities don’t have to worry quite as much.
Because “minorities don’t become elderly the way white people do. They die first.”
In Chief Tanner’s world, old brown people don’t even exist so I guess they can hardly be expected to vote.
Nice. Real nice.
In case you were wondering about John Tanner here is a quick sketch…
As a teenager growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, in the 1960s, John Tanner found himself in the middle of the battleground over civil rights in America. “That was what was happening in Birmingham, it was sort of the center of the world,” said Tanner, who is now chief of the Voting Rights Section of the United States Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, in a Nov. 9 speech in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom, sponsored by the American Constitution Society. “Civil rights in Birmingham, Alabama in the 1960s was everything. That’s what everyone talked about all the time. You were pretty much on one side or the other. And I was on the other.”
The full text of the Tanner profile quoted above can be found here.