Question of the week: “Do you think the voter suppression billboards will impact the ‘Black vote?’ Why or why not?”
Photos and question by Yvonne Kemp
Jill Gilmer: “My hope is that these negative billboards will actually increase the black vote by stirring up resentments and reminding the community that even in 2012, the racist tactics that kept us from the polls in the 1940s and ‘50s still exist today.”
Kristen Harris: “I do not think the billboards will impact the black vote. I believe people of all races are paying close attention to this election and are making sure they are informed and have the information they need in order to make an informed decision.”
Ashanti Hamilton: “I am confident, from my conversations with many people, that those voter suppression billboards have only fired up more people about participating in the process. Hopefully the GOP will realize that voter suppressions is not only wrong, but a losing strategy.”
James E. Causey: Columnist Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “I don’t think it will impact the Black vote because we are stronger than any message a billboard can convey. The tactic itself does send a message that they are worried about a unified Black voice.”
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