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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Nonfiction quotes and review: ONE PERSON, NO VOTE: How Not All Voters Are Treated Equally

Title: ONE PERSON, NO VOTE: How Not All Voters Are Treated Equally by Carol Anderson with Tonya Bolden

Book Beginnings quote: (Prologue)
Hmm...It was a mystery worthy of master crime writer Raymond Chandler. And the mystery was this: On November 8, 2016, black Americans did not show up at the polls. It was like a day of absence.
Friday56 quote:
This was not the first time that the Supreme Court had dealt with the redrawing of a city's boundaries designed to dilute the voting strength of a town's black population.
In One Person, No Vote, Anderson chronicles the rollbacks to African American participation in the vote since the 2013 Supreme Court decision that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Known as the Shelby ruling, this decision effectively allowed districts with a demonstrated history of racial discrimination to change voting requirements without approval from the Department of Justice. Focusing on the aftermath of Shelby, Anderson follows the astonishing story of government-dictated racial discrimination unfolding before our very eyes as more and more states adopt voter suppression laws. In gripping, enlightening detail she explains how voter suppression works, from photo ID requirements to gerrymandering to poll closures. And with vivid characters, she explores the resistance: the organizing, activism, and court battles to restore the basic right to vote to all Americans as the nation gears up for the 2020 presidential election season ( from the publisher).
Review: I have never in my whole life wanted to fling a book away from me because it made me so angry as when I read this book. Hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of people were not able to vote in 2016 because of the efforts of their legislatures to disenfranchise them. Some were removed from the polls because they hadn't voted for a few years. Others couldn't vote because they didn't have the "right" ID. Some couldn't get to the polling station because their usual spot was closed and the new location wasn't on a bus route. Many were not informed of the changes until after they showed up to vote and stood in line for hours. I simmered and stewed as I read each chapter. How could this happen in America where we are supposed to prize democracy? Gr.r.r.r

Needless to say I had a hard time finishing the book since I would snap it shut about every other page just to try and get my blood pressure to go back down. Nevertheless, I want to encourage everyone who cares at all about fairness and equal right to read this book and then to act to make sure voting rights are fair in your corner of the country.

What I liked about the book:
  • It opened my eyes to the efforts made by mostly Republican legislatures to ensure that people of color not be allowed to vote or vote as easily as everyone else. I'm a pretty "woke" person about these issues but I still learned a lot.
  • The book includes a discussion guide and a "how to get involved in your community" page to encourage activism on voting rights. It also has good chapter notes, a bibliography and an index---all helpful tools to those who want to do more research on their own.
  • EVERY library needs to stock several copies of this book.
What I didn't like about this book:
  • I don't like it that this problem exists at all. But as distressing as it is, at least there is a book to wake up the masses, in hopes that changes can be made.
 "We know that if given the opportunity to vote, voters vote." -Scott Ross, One Wisconsin Now
Help make sure that everyone in your state can vote. Everyone. Even those you disagree with.

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  1. I live in a country where voting is compulsory, That such behaviour happens in a country that considers itself the democratic ideal is astonishing. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I don't think my b/p could handle it! I'm already struggling with frustration and depression.

  3. I would be flinging that book across the room, too. Not because I would be angry at the book, which has alerted us to a situation, but because of that situation. We live in corrupt times!

    Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “DEAD TO HER”

    1. I wasn't angry at the book. I was infuriated at the situation. Unless we vote out the people who push for such things, nothing will change.

  4. Just reading your review has my blood boiling. I knew about some of it, but not to this degree. This is totally unacceptable. I will definitely be reading this book.

    I hope you have a great weekend, Anne.

    1. I hope you do find and read this book, and then spread the word to everyone so it gets good distribution. Unless we vote out the scums, nothing will change.

  5. I agree with you, Anne, and believe this book would make me angry too. There are so many things going on right now that I can't abide and there seems to be no end in sight. It is a difficult time for fairness and honesty.

  6. If it made you angry, I know I don't want to read it. There's a good chance I would throw the book and end up breaking something. Everything about that election made me and continues to make me angry. Check out my featured book at https://lisaksbookthoughts.blogspot.com/2020/02/its-cozy-food-friday-that-means-its_21.html

  7. I don't know if I could read that one either... Politics is just one of those frustrating things. Happy weekend!

  8. I could definitely see why this book would be frustrating. I would be angry reading this one.

  9. I don't know if I'd be able to read this one. Political books make my anxiety go through the roof.

  10. This sounds like a fascinating read. Thanks for sharing.

    Lauren @ Always Me

  11. This topic just makes me so angry and frustrated. How can a political party or politicians sleep at night after disenfranchising so many people. Ultimate greed.

  12. Oooh, I really like that opening and the way the author framed the occurrence! This sounds like a super important read, and I'm glad you chose to highlight it! Sometimes, getting mad or frustrated while reading something is a good sign, for sure. ;)

  13. The situation is appalling and I would have been tempted to fling the book too.


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