North Carolina's Lt. Governor spoke to the Senate Judiciary Committee this week during a hearing on "Jim Crow 2021: The Latest Assault on the Right to Vote," and in so doing destroyed the progressive narrative about voter suppression and election integrity.
The hearing was held to discuss the voting rights laws that have been passed in Georgia, and other states, which Democrats, in an effort to hold power indefinitely, claim are racist, while Republicans say they are needed to ensure the integrity of American elections. The Georgia law expands early voting and asks voters to get a free ID.
Mark Robinson, who is the first black lieutenant governor for the state of North Carolina, told the Senate about his background, saying that he grew up in Greensboro, "home of the Woolworth sit-ins and an epicenter of the Civil Rights movement. He said he grew up in a family of 10 children, in which alcoholism had taken its toll, which was sustained by his mother, who had lived through the "terribleness of Jim Crow."
"I'm here to talk about voter discrimination and election integrity," Robinson said. "The subject of this hearing is the evolving landscape of voter discrimination, and it certainly has throughout our nation's history. Let me say that I am very proud of the history in this nation, of my people.
"My people were put in the belly of ships, bound in chains, and endured the Middle Passage. My people were whipped, beaten, and sold as property. During slavery, throughout Reconstruction and Jim Crow, my people were intimidated, harassed, and even killed to keep them from having a voice in government.
"Symbols like chains, nooses, and burnt crosses are not just symbols of death, they are symbols of forced and coerced silence. The sacrifices of our ancestors, so that I could have the opportunity to become the first black lieutenant governor of my state, see a black man sit in the White House for two terms, and to be leaders in business, athletics, government and culture, add up to an incredible story of victory.
"Today, we hear Georgia law being compared to Jim Crow, that black voices are being silenced, and that black voices are being kept back. How? By bullets? By bombs? By nooses? No, by requiring a free ID to secure the vote. Let me say that again: By requiring a free ID to secure the vote.
"How absolutely preposterous," he said. "Am I to believe that black Americans who have overcome the atrocities of slavery, who were victorious in the Civil Rights movement, and who now sit in the highest levels of this government cannot figure out how to get a free ID to secure their votes?"
Robinson spoke against those politicians who would declare black people incapable of doing this. "Do they need to be coddled by politicians because they don't think we can figure out how to make our voices heard? Are you kidding me?
"The notion that black people need to be protected from a free ID to secure their votes is not just insane, it is insulting."
"This doesn't have anything to do with justice, it has to do with power," Robinson said. The Democrats, Robinson said, are entirely obsessed with keeping their hold on power, and they will do so by tightening their grip on everyone's rights through a "partisan wish list."
Robinson compared the need for a voter ID to the need to present an ID in order to obtain a firearm, saying that the ID is the "first line of defense in maintaining the integrity" of both the 2nd amendment and the right to vote.
"This should be about integrity, not power," Robinson said.