Kevin Fobbs
Is Ohio depriving Black Voters civil rights by using Jim Crow tactics
By Kevin Fobbs
July 17, 2012

Some Democrat leaders in Ohio are alarmed by the recent decision by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to deep-six extended hours and weekend early voting for the period leading to the November general election. The liberal alarmists' volume has been turned up by recently primary deposed Cleveland-based congressman Dennis Kucinich. He insists that the secretary of state must reverse his decision in order to insure that urban voters have a chance to vote. Kucinich believes that this would be a show of good faith and a "vote for democracy."

Yet, it seems that the soon to be former congressman and his even more alarmist fellow north eastern democrat leaders are counting votes that are simply not reflected in recent voting patterns. In large Ohio counties like Cuyahoga, which is home to Cleveland, the last general election only garnered 1,400 early voters. In fact, according to the election board's records a mere few thousand voters availed themselves of the voting "civil right" in other primaries.

So the true move to eliminate this underutilized voting benefit seems to be more about how to best stretch cash strapped budgets than it is about depriving black and minority voters of their right to vote.

Yet, in what appears to be more about election year race bating than it does about guaranteeing African American voter rights, Warrensville Heights congresswoman U.S. Rep. Marcia L. Fudge decided to ratchet up the non-existent issue by claiming this action taken was a deliberate move to "shave points" in the battle ground state's anticipated close presidential election.

Well here's a novel thought, why don't Ohio democrat leaders get their voter donation collection jars together and offer to pay the costs for keeping all of the state's county election offices open. They claim there is a highly principled and moralistic need to insure voting rights are preserved. Any takers willing to pay...probably not.

Instead it is easier to lodge verbal grenades at Ohio public officials who are making an honest attempt to live within their constitutional mandated budgets and insure that all voters are being served. This is in stark contrast to Cleveland, State Sen. Nina Turner who charged that Husted's action were woefully similar to those dark days of the early to mid 20th century civil rights era when discriminatory Jim Crow voting tactics were used against black voters.

Senator Turner claims that Ohio has become the welcome receptacle of this onerous practice, and publically stated in a published report that, "Jim Crow has packed his bags and is moving north."

There is a serious problem with that ill-conceived scripted analogy. During those highly traumatic days, when Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others marched and fought against voter discriminatory Jim Crow practices, they were marching against congressional, state and local democrat officials who defended those practices and policies. So Senator Turner, before you pull the grenade pin next time, it would be a good idea to speak to some of your more studied democrat colleagues, and allow them to bring you up to speed on some historical facts.

What Ohio is left with is a mid-summer attempt to fire up the democrat and minority voter base in north eastern Ohio urban voter rich strongholds by tossing the race-marker on the election table. For the record, look for more of these thinly disguised attempts to play race politics in other battleground states s well. It's part of the nature of liberal democrats to play divisive politics, defend the divisiveness and then play poor victim to those who repudiate the alarmist practice.

Ohioans are smarter than to let this race-bating practice gain any political legs. Here's a Hope and Change note for democrat leaders, Go forward with a real plan that brings real jobs and cuts real taxes for real Ohio families and jettison this juvenile electioneering. These tiresome efforts only demonstrate Ohio liberal leaders' desperation, not their commitment.

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Kevin Fobbs Media Bio: 05-21-2021

About Kevin Fobbs: Kevin Fobbs, a native Detroiter, is Chairman of the American Christian Civil Rights Movement (ACCRM), President of NAACP2021: National Association for the Advancement of Canceled People, Managing Partner of Ascension Entertainment Productions, and director of RTL Productions. He is a producer of the Holocaust-themed movie drama "Never Again," collaborator on the 2018 police documentary "Bleeding Blue" and producer/director of post-Civil War - World War II historical Christian southern civil rights drama "Johnathan - Living on the Edge of History," and Exec/Director-Producer of the film version of his soon to be released book a modern Christian fairy tale "Bernadine and Winston the Crooked Worm's Four Seasons of Life."

In the 1970's Kevin became a professional journalist and attended Wayne State University Law School. His written work has appeared in the New York Times and he has written for The Detroit News, The Michigan Chronicle, Clash Daily, Renew America, Communities Digital News (CDN) among others.

Kevin is co-writer of "Sandy Hook Massacre: When Seconds Count - Police Are Minutes Away In 2014 Kevin, together with his grandson, co-authored the Christian children's book "Is There a Lion in My Kitchen? " He is co-author of "Shut Yo' Mouth! How the Left Plays the Race Card to Silence Conservatives and How to Stop It.

He is co-host of New Right Network's "American Exceptionalism" and upcoming "American Correct" podcast shows.


For nearly 40 years, Kevin's personal devotion to Christian conservative values and principles has guided his public service in both state and national government, as well as private sector and media leadership roles, including elected and appointed positions. The primary Biblical verse that guides Kevin is: Isaiah 6:8 (NIV) 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"


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