The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore laid into the state of Alabama's legislators for celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act by making it harder for black people to vote in their state.
As we've already discussed here, Alabama has decided to close 31 of its DMV offices which are primarily located in black and minority communities right after passing an unnecessary voter ID law to stop their nonexistent voter fraud, which earned them a spot back on Wilmore's list of states that are just flat out crazy, or "cray" as he puts it.
After explaining the impact of the new law, Wilmore let them have it for the timing as well.
WILMORE: Seriously Alabama? Look, I know I shouldn't expect much from a state whose flag is the Bars and Stars, but I hoped it was just the stars that were racist. Maybe the bars really did believe in states' rights.
But fortunately Rep. Terri Sewell has asked for a full investigation by the DOJ, which I'm sure will happen, at least until President Trump swears in.
Fun fact though. Selma, Alabama is in Rep. Sewell's district. That's right. Selma, as in the Oprah Winfrey vehicle and to a lesser extent, that march that led to the Voting Rights Act, and now Alabama is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act by making it harder for black people to vote.
Okay, that is not cray, that is the crème de la cray.
Here's more from that from AL.com’s John Archibald: Alabama sends message: We are too broke to care about right and wrong:
Alabama might as well just send an invitation to the Justice Department. Come on in guys. Come on down.
No need to reply with an RSVP. Because we know you'll be here. How could you resist?
Because Alabama just took a giant step backward.
Take a look at the 10 Alabama counties with the highest percentage of non-white registered voters. That's Macon, Greene, Sumter, Lowndes, Bullock, Perry, Wilcox, Dallas, Hale, and Montgomery, according to the Alabama Secretary of State's office. Alabama, thanks to its budgetary insanity and inanity, just opted to close driver license bureaus in eight of them. All but Dallas and Montgomery will be closed.↓ Story continues below ↓
Closed. In a state in which driver licenses or special photo IDs are a requirement for voting.
It's not just a civil rights violation. It is not just a public relations nightmare. It is not just an invitation for worldwide scorn and an alarm bell to the Justice Department. It is an affront to the very notion of justice in a nation where one man one vote is as precious as oxygen. It is a slap in the face to all who believe the stuff we teach the kids about how all are created equal.
Every single county in which blacks make up more than 75 percent of registered voters will see their driver license office closed. Every one.
But maybe it's not racial at all, right? Maybe it's just political. And let's face it, it may not be either.
But no matter the intent, the consequence is the same. [...]
So Alabama closes 31 driver license offices. And while the cuts come across Alabama, they are deepest in the Black Belt. The harm is inflicted disproportionately on voters who happen to be black, and poor, in sparsely populated areas.
So roll out the welcome wagon to the Justice Department, and tell the world what it already so desperately wants to hear.
That Alabama is exactly what they always thought she was.
That Alabama refuses to pay for its own government, and used it as an excuse to keep black people from the polls. That Alabama hasn't changed a bit.
I'd say they have us all wrong. I'd love to say they have us all wrong.
But the numbers say they don't.