S.B. 202 is Revealing the Hard Bigotry of Low Expectations from the Real Racists
One of the saddest and most poignant moments in a person’s life comes when he realizes others expect more out of him than he does. Any person worth his salt feels shame when he realizes his standards are lower for himself than what others have for him. When you apply this rationale to an entire subset of people and think them inherently capable of less, you start wading into the waters of what is called, “the soft bigotry of low expectations.”
When George W. Bush coined the phrase in his speech to the NAACP in 2000, he was talking about education. His point was you do not improve by lowering the standards, you improve by rising to the standards. What we are seeing right now with the opposition to Georgia’s S.B. 202 bill is a country and culture that says, “if something is hard, lower the standards.”
If there is a problem in America, the answer from those on the left is always, “change the standards.” Not, change your habits to try another path to success, but change the standards and change the definition of success. This is the racism you see when it comes to S.B. 202. It is not obscure racism or even soft bigotry, but hard bigotry.
When you realize how many on the left routinely lower the standards for black and brown people, what you are encountering is the hard bigotry of low expectations; racism disguised as caring. The type of caring you see from adults at daycares. The kind of sentiment that implies, “We must help and protect this group because they do not know better and are incapable of doing it themselves.”
The Hard Bigotry of Low Expectations in Opposing S.B. 202
Claims of voter suppression in Georgia are simply racist declarations of, “I don’t believe this person can do this thing for himself.” It is one thing to say, “I want to make voting easier,” and it is an entirely different thing to say, “I don’t believe this person can do it, so I’m here to be their savior.” The people currently claiming S.B. 202 is legalized voter suppression are the real racists. These are the people who think others are too stupid, ignorant, or unwilling to read the actual law and obtain an ID.
Take this hypothetical: if you asked somebody who is of voting age to go out and buy a pack of cigarettes, how hard do you think that would be for them? Do you think this person could accomplish the mission? What does it require? No more than what is currently required to submit an absentee ballot in Georgia after the passing of S.B. 202.
The Hard Bigotry of Low Expectations Thinking Requiring an ID is Too Difficult for Minority Voters
And yet, this is deemed a racist request when it comes to voting, the most sacred act an American can engage in. An ID card is not racist when buying smokes, but it is racist when trying to vote. Got it? This is the hard bigotry of low expectations when it comes to minority voting. The only way somebody can possibly claim submitting an ID to vote is racist is if they think the presumed voter does not have the capabilities to produce an ID. That is racist.
How little must you think of somebody to assume he can’t do that, especially on an absentee ballot?!?! To claim a minority person cannot produce an ID while in their own abode is implicitly racist. Think about how ludicrous it is to claim a law requiring an ID–while at home–is racist; if he or she cannot produce an ID to vote, how did they legally open a bank account to rent the apartment? Or buy the home? Or apply for a mortgage for the home?
While it is apparently racist to need an ID for voting, it is not racist to need an ID in the United States to apply for Medicaid, social security, welfare, and food stamps. It is also not racist to require an ID to drive a car, fly, pick up a prescription, get a gun, get married, rent a hotel room, go to a casino, or even to get Sudafed. But requiring an ID to vote? Racist.
What Does S.B. 202 Actually Say and Do?
But do not take my word for it, read the law. See what is in S.B. 202 for yourself. People are claiming the new law will primarily disenfranchise minority voters… by requiring them to show an ID card for an absentee ballot. Somehow it is also apparently racist that Georgia is going from having “…More than 100 counties (having) never offered voting on Sunday and many counties (offering) only a single day of weekend voting… (to) Requiring two Saturday voting days and two optional Sunday voting days.”
Does offering more ways to vote–including on church Sundays–seem like voter suppression or an improvement? Georgia is also enshrining the use of drop-boxes, whose legality ended after the pandemic-inspired regulations expired. So offering more ways to submit your vote? Racist voter suppression.
Reducing the number of duplicate ballots? Also racist. Voting in your own precinct? Racist. Codifying voting funds to be distributed evenly? Even that is racist. Defining “superintendent” or who judges the legality of a ballot? Super racist. Creating a hotline overseen by the Attorney General that allows for anonymous tips about voter intimidation and election fraud? You guessed it, racist!
Everything is racist if you believe it to be so. That is the lesson America teaches today. Heaven forbid you take personal responsibility and accountability. If something goes wrong, you are the victim! And if you are a person of color, you are a victim of racism! Even if there is not a shred of racism in the issue, it is still racist! This is how the emphasis on victimhood mentality bleeds over into real life with the hard bigotry of low expectations.
The Extremely Low Hurdles for Voting and How to Make Voting Easier
Look, voting is not hard, so saying voting is too hard for minorities is racist. “Use an ID or get one if you don’t have one so you can vote” is not a difficult proposition. Insinuating somebody cannot do this and implying he or she is incapable of the task? How racist is that? How low must your opinion be of the hypothetical minority voter if you think that?
But this is all just a sham. If this law is racist then voting in California is racist. If this law is racist then voting in Colorado is racist. Obviously, the laws are not racist. Thinking minorities cannot clear the supremely low hurdles involved with voting? That is racist. Voting should be easier, but it should be easier for everybody by making it a national holiday like they do in Israel (where they have had too many of those holidays recently).
However, if you are trying to figure out the racist party, which one do you think it is? Do you think it is the group that says, “minority voters are capable of voting without our help” or “minority voters need our help because they are otherwise incapable of voting?” That is the hard bigotry of low expectations; thinking so little of a group you inherently believe them incapable of more. The racists in America are not the people saying, “I think you are capable of more, that you are capable of better,” the racists in America are the people saying, “I don’t believe you can do this without my help.” So you might think S.B. 202 is racist, but if you do, you are probably the racist.