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Do the Jim Crow Laws have an impact today?  Why or why not?    

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Regrettably, the Jim Crow Laws do still have an impact today. Although the substantive laws themselves have long since been repealed, their animating spirit still plays a depressingly prominent part in America political life.

Take the example of voter suppression. Across the United States, a number of Republican state legislatures have attempted to make it harder for African Americans to vote under the guise of combating voter fraud. Actual instances of voter fraud are incredibly rare and yet Republican politicians still insist that it's a real problem. To this end, laws have been passed in a number of states requiring voters to present certain forms of ID at polling places. In many cases, African American citizens are unable to provide such forms of ID, thus making it impossible for them to vote.

Such rampant disenfranchisement calls to mind the dark days of Jim Crow, when African Americans were told when they turned up at polling places that they could only vote if they met patently...

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