Texas: laboratory of undemocratic ideas

Texas' new abortion law along with laws concerning public education and proposed legislation restricting voting access are part of a slew of measures that will greatly impact the lives of people of color. Civil rights advocates and some lawmakers say people of color are powering the population growth in the state and the measures enacted by Republican lawmakers will have dire consequences.

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  1. It seems to me that this is overwrought, and in some respects, not accurate. Yes, Texas has (at this moment) severely restricted abortion, but in a state whose voters are distinctively conservative, such a restriction is not “undemocratic”. If anything, it’s “tyranny of the majority”, which is the best-known problem with democracy. Also, casting it as a racial issue seems a misdirection; in a state where whites are a minority, by default one would expect that a majority of abortions would be for non-whites. But it seems to me that the problem is severely income- or class-based, since if one has adequate money, it’s an inconvenience.

    The obsession with voting restrictions seems more complicated. Given that whites are a minority, it seems likely that a lot of non-whites support them in some way, or they wouldn’t have been passed. Once exception would be if a large chunk of the non-whites are non-citizens (who can’t vote) or recent citizens (who vote less frequently) — in that case, “democracy” becomes complicated, because the voters would differ significantly from the population. Perhaps gerrymandering is involved, but it’s hard to move the needle by more than about 5% from what I’ve seen. But again, a lot of these restrictions seem to burden people based more on their income than their ethnicity, and it wouldn’t be surprising if members of ethnic groups vote more based on their income/class than their ethnicity.

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