The problem with this "cutting through the b.s" it assumes that voter suppression for racist purposes and voter suppression for partisan purposes are an either/or proposition. But even the original Jim Crow voting laws were motivated by both race and partisanship..
The driving force behind the voting restrictions is the general sense that rural conservative voters are real Americans and urban voters aren't. That sense is not ONLY about race, but it is inseparable from race.
Or, to put it otherwise: no doubt that if Dixiecrats in 1950 were told Black people would vote for Democrats, they would still do anything to stop them from voting while if you told Republicans Black voters are voting for them, they would gladly accept their votes.
But we don't live in a hypothetical universe, but on Earth 1.0 where the GOP is the party of white voters fearing dispossesion by a coalition of interlopers.

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The problem with pieces like this is that they assume that both sides have a point. But in fact.. the progressive case that the political system is biased about them is air tight, while the Republican case culture is biased against them is.. questionable. 1/?
Like sure, high culture and academia are weighted towards culturally liberal stances. But, not only that ignores crucial social institutions (police, churches, small business)...
Even in the realm of media, not only that there is a powerful conservative media empire, network TV is chock full with military/police themed shows!
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One of the most amazing things about the anti-woke warriors is that they insist that point scoring essays about one's internet enemies are works of unsurpassed genius.
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