Racist rancher Cliven Bundy has a valid point in his rant regarding whether “the Negroes are still slaves when … their sons are in the prisons.” Prejudicial drug laws and fishing expeditions in poor neighborhoods to arrest and incarcerate people of color for minor offenses are just a continuation of the racial bias that defined slavery.
Top that with onerous sanctions upon release from prison, and the lifelong punishment and discrimination continue. Thankfully, President Obama has begun to address this inequity on the federal level. It’s time for the state of Florida to do the same to rectify past injustices, remove the current Jim Crow laws and sanctions that encourage recidivism and give people a chance to pull themselves up by their bootstraps without someone’s figurative boot on their neck preventing their full reintegration — including the right to vote.
Arlene Adams Easley,