Don't Let the Illegals Vote!.pdf

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Mr. Lauria has since run for local office, and is still active in politics. Mr. Lauria’s framing supports the illegal La- tino voter threat narrative. Because DOJ sued to protect the rights of U.S. citizen Latino vot- ers to elect candidates of their choice, why even discuss “illegals”? They fit only if you believe that “illegals” are impersonating voters to vote, an unsupported belief in Port Chester, as na- tionally (Minnite 2010). Naturalized citizens vote, which could threaten the dominant group position of old-timer Port Chester residents. But a common belief in and fear of “illegal” Latino voting sets up the poll workers’ ques- tion: How do we know if a Hispanic is a U.S. citizen voting legally or an “illegal” immigrant voting illegally? Such doubts show the perni- 16. Psychologists analyze how specific emotions, such as disgust or fear, are used to legitimize bias against outgroups, especially in situations that include no immediate threat (Hodson et al. 2014; Kteily et al. 2015). This content downloaded from on Mon, 04 Feb 2019 03:03:13 UTC All use subject to
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r s f : t h e ru s s e l l s ag e f ou n d at io n jou r n a l of t h e s o c i a l s c i e n c e s “d on ’ t l e t t h e i l l e g a l s vo t e !” 161 cious, divisive impact of voter ID laws and rhet- oric. These positions contain various theories of how race works in public life. The self- check by white Port Chester residents—I am not a rac- ist—dictates Port Chester’s policy response— thus we must fight DOJ’s offensive lawsuit. This position views racism as the agglomeration of individual racist acts or beliefs, and not inher- ent in larger structures or practices. In con- trast, DOJ’s allegations, and Judge Robertson’s ruling, accommodate individual and systemic theories of racial dynamics. While a person can be racist, systems can discriminate by blocking minorities’ chances to elect candidates without overt racism (Bonilla-Silva 2006). Systemic dis- crimination can occur by what people or pro- cedures do—such as not recognizing Latino voters as registered or inciting white fears to win elections—and by what they do not do— such as not providing enough poll workers or Spanish-language translators or not training poll workers to see and prevent bias. BARRY DEUTCHE’S ANONYMOUS, RACIALLY DIVISIVE CAMPAIGN FLYER “Bianca say’s [ sic ] jump, fetch, beg or bark and Pino does it. The Hispanics are running the show already.” —Anonymous campaign flyer, later ac- knowledged by Barry Deutche, Republican trustee candidate, early March 2007, just before Judge Robertson stopped the March 2007 election. In the preliminary injunction hearing in Feb- ruary 2007, the Department of Justice won on all allegations except racial appeals in voting.
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