ICYMI: Letter to the Editor: Appeal to ugly, divisive politics
This letter to the editor of the Tampa Bay Times was originally published on Tuesday, June 12: here.
In this offensive editorial, the Tampa Bay Times turned its opinion pages into a tool of ugly, divisive politics by comparing Florida Gov. Rick Scott to notorious segregationist George Wallace.
Scott’s offense? An insistence that we prevent non-U.S. citizens from voting in our nation’s elections.
For weeks, opponents of Scott have questioned whether noncitizens are on our voter rolls. Scott’s efforts proved they are. Then opponents questioned whether any had ever actually voted in elections. Even the Times has reported that this too is an irrefutable fact. So only one question really remains: What number of illegal voters, and illegally cast votes, will these opponents abide?
Further, we should all be asking the Tampa Bay Times to explain how there are parallels between a reasonable effort to end noncitizen voting and segregationists who put race before the law. The answer, I find, is that the Tampa Bay Times would rather incite fear among minority communities than inform all Floridians about the real problem that is posed when we surrender the integrity of our vote. This proves you to be an organization willing to put politics ahead of truth. It’s shameful.
Chairman, Florida Assembly of Black Republicans