During the days of American slavery, Black slaves and indentured servants were robbed of their precious identities. They were told their identity didn't matter.
Today, when you say to me as a citizen of the United States of America, "You don't need to have an ID to vote," you are saying to me, "Your identity does not matter. You don't need to know who you are, just show up, vote my agenda, and I will stir your emotions, your fear, keep you in the dark, and continue to suppress your civil rights. I will call the privilege of your having ID and knowing who you are voter suppression."
Some say requiring an ID to vote is racist because apparently Black citizens do not know how to get an ID. But, if an ID requirement truly were racist, then why isn’t anyone protesting having to show ID when they want to get a driver’s license; or fly on an airplane?
Also, where is the justice to combat racial discrimination in moving an athletic event from a city with over 50% minority population to a city with less than a 10% Black population?
Instead, those touting "Jim Crow 101" play the race card and convince the Black population to succumb to victimhood while staying on the Democrat plantation, so to speak. Your individualism doesn't matter to the left, what matters is that you think and vote as they do.
In this regard, they commit racial discrimination by taking away personal identities in a minority population.
But beyond the ballot box, we have a deeper question regarding our identity. I often wonder, when will we know as the one blood, one race, one human race, who we are in Christ Jesus? My uncle Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr once said. “We must learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or we will perish together as fools.”
Today, I as an American citizen, I believe that we can live together as brothers and sisters. That way we will not perish together as fools.
But, to accomplish that, we must see ourselves as the one blood and one race - the human race. More to the point, we must view each other as individuals.
I do not want my identity suppressed. I know who I am in Christ Jesus. Recognize my identity. Give me my ID.
As a Black American woman of a certain age and living in America in the 21st century, I am praying that we will truly wake up and regard each other as individuals, as members of the human race.
Most importantly, in the ballot box, whether with and ID or without, I pray that we vote for LIFE. Let us value our God given identities from the womb to the tomb. God bless you!
Dr. Alveda C. King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She is director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Her family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed, as was her father's church office in Louisville, Ky. Alveda herself was jailed during the open housing movement. Read Dr. Alveda C. King's Reports — More Here.
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