by: Roger Hedgecock & the Common Constutionalist
Do you recall, a few months ago, when attendees to a Obama event had to show a photo I.D. to get in to the arena?
Well the hypocrisy hits just keep on coming and this one’s worse. These people literally have no shame. How could these events keep going unreported? Silly me, it’s the mainstream media. That’s how.
Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the NAACP Nation Convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. What did media need in order to attend? That’s right, government issued photo identification (and a second form of identification too!), something both Holder and the NAACP stand firmly against when it comes to voting. Holder’s DOJ is currently suing Texas for “discriminatory” voter ID laws.
From the press release:
All media must present government-issued photo I.D. (such as a driver’s license) as well as valid media credentials. Members of the media must RSVP to receive press credentials at http://action.naacp.org/page/s/registration. For security purposes, media check-in and equipment set up must be completed by 7:45 a.m. CDT for an 8:00 a.m. CDT security sweep. Once the security sweep is completed, additional media equipment will NOT be permitted to enter and swept equipment will NOT be permitted to exit.
Ironically, NAACP President Ben Jealous railed against voter ID just before Holder took the stage.
Benjamin Todd Jealous, the CEO and president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said these are “Selma and Montgomery times,” referring to historic Alabama civil rights confrontations. He challenged those attending the NAACP’s annual convention to redouble their efforts to get out the vote in November.
“We must overwhelm the rising tide of voting suppression with the high tide of registration and mobilization and motivation and protection,” he said.
“Simply put, the NAACP will never stand by as any state tries to encode discrimination into law,” Jealous said.
If it weren’t so serious, the absurdity would be funny. It’s like some weird Saturday Night Live skit. The fact that Jealous and especially Holder, can stand before an audience of black people and claim that asking for a photo I.D. to vote is racist yet require not one, but two forms of I.D. to attend this event is just plain arrogant. I guess I should expect no less from the,”Do as I say, not as I do” party. Who did they employ to check the I.D.’s? Maybe the New Black Panthers.
And I’m sure the press dutifully forked over the required “Papers” without even a thought of the irony. But hey, what’s more important, upholding the legal right to vote or attending an NAALCP convention?