Recently, a Mississippi Appeals Court purposefully decided to keep a racist, Jim Crow-era voting restriction in the state’s constitution. The restriction keeps people that are convicted of felonies from being allowed to exercise their right to vote along with the rest of the state.

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This law has racist and white supremacist origins. The law was first introduced in 1890 and was placed to make sure that Black people in the South did not get all of the gains of the Civil War and Reconstruction. The ruling explicitly noted that they created the restriction to punish those who were convicted of “black crimes” while white criminals were allowed to keep their voting power.

Research has proven over decades that people of color, especially Black people, are incarcerated at higher rates because of racist policing and criminalization of Blackness. This voting restriction disproportionately affects Black people, and there is no reason that this should be a law. Mississippi is one of the only three remaining states that have a lifelong ban on voting for people convicted of certain felonies.

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