Emory professor Carol Anderson in a New York Times opinion piece Sunday exposed point by point Georgia Secretary of State and GOP gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp's campaign to suppress minority voting.
The alarming article likely won't ever appear in Anderson's hometown paper, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, fearful of upsetting conservative readers. Instead, the AJC runs bland boilerplate pieces on its denuded Sunday editorial page.
Anderson's article hints at Russian involvement in hacking Georgia voting machines in the recent presidential election, and a special congressional election. Kemp ignored warnings of hacking, Anderson indicates.
She also brings up the destruction of state voting data by Kennesaw State University's elections center, subcontracted by Kemp to run state elections.
Unmentioned is that former GOP Attorney General Sam Olens served as Kennesaw State's president until ousted over a controversy involving protests by KSU cheerleaders. Former State Rep. and vocal Republican agitator Earl Earhart pressured Olens to curtail the cheerleaders' protest. What influence did Olens and Earhart have over the elections center?
While pointing to Kemp's suits against organizations that signed up 200,000 new African-American and Asian-American voters, whom Kemp kept off the voting registration list, Anderson doesn't mention that Democratic governor's candidate Stacey Abrams was the subject of one of the suits. As State House Minority Leader, Abrams led an effort to register African-American and Latino Voters.
For its part, the AJC ran a slanted front-page article about fund-raising in the governor's race. The first part of the article repeats previously reported information that financier George Soros donated to the Georgia Democratic Party and Abrams. Information about Kemp's fund raising is not given until down in the article, when it "jumps" to another page. Readers often don't keep going that far.
The article also states that Abrams' donations came from "the left coast," a slanted term that should have no place in a news story.
Anderson makes a convincing case that "voter suppression keeps Georgia a red state."