The state of Georgia is quickly becoming a scapegoat for people who have fallen for the “disenfranchisement” argument regarding voter identification laws. The stance claims that there are classes and groups of citizens who do not have the resources to obtain a state-issued photo ID.
Anyone who has done everything from purchased cigarettes to getting welfare and social security benefits know that the group assumed to be in question when it comes to this argument, knows darn well and good how to get an ID, and that they do so on a regular basis. Many conservatives from this racial group have said as much. Even Democrats laugh at the notion.
That is not changing the stories emerging that companies will limit business with the state of Georgia due to their insistence on voters presenting a photo ID when arriving at the polls. Any number of companies have taken the plunge, and now a popular entertainer is pulling the production of his movie in development from the state.
Actor Will Smith and director Antoine Fuqua plan to move the production of their upcoming film about slavery out of Georgia to protest the state’s new voter law.
The film — a thriller about a runaway slave that’s titled “Emancipation” — is the first big-budget movie project to pull out of the state on the basis of the new law, Variety reported.
“At this moment in time, the Nation is coming to terms with its history and is attempting to eliminate vestiges of institutional racism to achieve true racial justice,” Fuqua and Smith said in a joint statement.
“We cannot in good conscience provide economic support to a government that enacts regressive voting laws that are designed to restrict voter access,” the statement added.
“The new Georgia voting laws are reminiscent of voting impediments that were passed at the end of Reconstruction to prevent many Americans from voting. Regrettably, we feel compelled to move our film production work from Georgia to another state,” it continued.
Despite there being no proof of institutional racism existing to the extent that the pathologies of any one group of people aren’t self-inflicted, business decisions are being made around the concept.
One truly has to wonder why.
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