WATCH: This Video Breaks Down the Link Between Voter ID Laws and Structural Racism

By Kenrya Rankin Oct 06, 2016

In the run up to the general election, courts have fielded several challenges to state voter identification laws, including the policy enacted by North Carolina’s Republican leadership that, as a federal appeals court ruled, suppressed the votes of “African Americans with almost surgical precision.”

A new video from Franchesca Ramsey’s “Decoded” makes plain how voter identification laws—which proponent claim are meant to prevent voter fraud—are both a symptom and a product of structural racism. “Requiring voters to have ID seems like a harmless precaution, until you realize that the majority of people lacking idea are either elderly, poor and aren’t White. And frequently, they’re all three,” Ramsey explains.

Watch the video above.