A recent letter issued by the Tennessee Democratic Party in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis calls for “abolishing all voter ID laws.”
The letter was posted on the website of the Tennessee Democratic Party on Friday.
“We must gain understanding of systemic racism and the power structures that exist in this country – the same systemic racism and power structures that continue to destroy and take the lives of unarmed innocent Black people. By learning more, we gain the understanding necessary to fight these injustices,” the letter begins.
It then urges Tennesseans to protect the “fundamental rights” of citizens, which can be accomplished by “abolishing all voter ID laws.”
“We must make sure that their vote is protected and that they are protected when they vote with access to absentee voting, abolishing all Voter ID laws, identifying and ending modern day voter suppression, and ensuring all Tennesseans have access to their polling locations during early [voting] and on Election Day, despite job schedules,” says the letter.
As The Tennessee Star reported, a judge ruled last week that the state must give all registered voters the opportunity to vote by mail during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Democratic Party’s letter also takes issue with the phrase “all lives matter,” saying it is “impossible for all lives to matter until Black Lives Matter.”
“These are the lives that are lost daily in a manner no others are. This is the moment we are facing. We must confront this truth if we are ever to save those Black lives,” it continues.
The letter concludes by declaring that the Tennessee Democratic Party “stands with all organizations and people who seek to dismantle the racist systems that destroy too many lives.”
Seven staff members of the party signed their names to the letter, including Chairwoman Mary Mancini, who recently called President Donald Trump “a dictator” for his handling of protesters outside the White House.
This is what dictators do.
The President just deployed police and military police forces against peaceful protesters to clear out an area because he wanted to take a photo op at a church.
— Mary Mancini (@marymancini) June 1, 2020
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