Hearne Fine Art, in a message to voters today encouraging them to vote, paired this bronze by Ed Dwight, “Hands that Picked Cotton,” with a reminder that there are still groups trying to suppress the vote. Like the secretary of state, despite the Arkansas Supreme Court’s unanimous striking down of the Republican legislature’s voter I.D. law.
The Hearnes’ message:
Plots to suppress the African American vote date back to the Reconstruction Era.
Prior to the Voter Rights Act of 1965, violence, literacy tests, poll taxes, ridiculous registration practices, voter ID stipulations, and redistricting were some of the more commonly used tactics by conservatives who wanted to keep blacks from voting.
The game is the same, but the tactics have changed.