Calling to reflect on the failures of the electoral system in american, that would be “structurally racist(s)”, the star of basketball, LeBron James has launched in the fight to mobilize black voters with, in order, the presidential election in November.
“This is the time for us to change things”: the announcement of LeBron James to the New York Times fell by a full movement of anger history in the United States against police violence and racism, caused by the death of George Floyd.
But also the day after an election day marked by long queues in Georgia, a Southern State in the past segregationist.
“All the talk is about “how we’ll fix it”. They say “go vote?” And if you wondered if the way we vote is also structurally racist”, had launched the star NBA Los Angeles Lakers, Tuesday on Twitter.
He was commenting on an article quoting the founder of the organization “Black Voters Matter (“black voters are”), LaTosha Brown, who claimed to have waited three hours to vote in Georgia while in a neighborhood more upscale voters “white rentr(I)ent quietly” in the polls.
“You cannot vote”
With the association “More Than a Vote,” that it will finance, LeBron James hope, along with other athletes, to push voters african-americans to go massively to the polls on 3 November, when Donald Trump will play a second term against democrat Joe Biden.
But also to combat anything that might hinder their access to the polls.
“We’re going to explain to you how to vote and we pointerons what they are doing, on the other side, to prevent you from voting,” said the NBA legend, who has more than 136 million subscribers on the social networks.
Already known for his political commitment, “King James”, who had supported Hillary Clinton in 2016, makes his first foray as frank behind-the-scenes election.
Through his foundation, LeBron James Family, the basketball player was funding already in the academic studies of high school students from disadvantaged neighbourhoods, of which he is himself a native, and had put in place an academic support program.
“I hope that one day, people will regard not only to the way in which I considered basketball, but also the conception that I had of life as a man of afro-american”, he confided to the New York Times.
“Steal” the election
In November, Americans will elect not only their president but also the members of the House of representatives, a third of the Senate, a dozen governors and thousands of local elected officials. Of what, potentially, change the balance of power in the country.
And the mobilization of black voters, who had been plunged in 2016, will be key.
Several progressive organizations have denounced for years the “barriers” that hinder their participation in some States, such as the type of paper required, the difficulties to vote by mail, or simply to register on the electoral lists, in addition to long hours of waiting in some areas.
These barriers are particularly devastating to minorities, who vote often democrats, say they. And the wait is now compounded by the precautionary measures imposed in full pandemic of sars coronavirus.
One of these organizations, Fair Fight, so he told to have look forward to working with LeBron James to “protect the voting rights of black voters”.
In Georgia, the republicans in power have rejected these accusations and affirmed that the responsibility for the situation “unacceptable” in certain districts on Tuesday landed on the local organizers, so sometimes democrats.
Joe Biden was given this week that his “biggest concern” was to see the restrictions multiply to curb the participation, in particular because of the declarations of its rival Donald Trump sowing doubt on the validity of the bulletins sent by mail, the use of which is expected to increase due to the pandemic.
“The president is going to try to steal this election,” has bluntly said the former american vice-president on Wednesday. Charges “ridiculous,” retorted the White House.
“The period leading up to the November election going to be marked by upheaval and extreme hardship,” wrote recently Myrna Pérez, of the research center Brennan Center for Justice.
And warn: “If the risk of the Covid-19 will grow, no doubt more voters to send their ballots by mail, certain groups, more typically people of color, rely on the offices to vote.”