Georgia Republicans' law to suppress minority voting comes as high-tech companies increase their presence in Atlanta, attracted by black STEM workers.
Those black professionals sought by Microsoft, Google, Apple, and other companies will be hampered from voting because of the petulant GOP Legislature's law imposing state control over local election boards and limiting absentee ballots.
The legislation even makes it a crime to give food and water to voters waiting in line. Those good Christian legislators must have forgotten the Bible story about Jesus asking the Samaritan woman at the well for a sip of water. She would have gone to jail if Jesus had been voting in Georgia.
Republicans' oft repeated pro-business mantra doesn't extend to high-tech companies' desire to recruit black workers.
While high-tech corporations cite the presence of grads from Morehouse, Spelman, Morris Brown and Clark Atlanta, they also want to attract workers from other cities, adding to the demographic changes that led to Joe Biden winning Georgia's presidential election and Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock capturing Senate seats.
The voting law will discourage young black professionals from moving here from other cities.
Black corporate executives from around the country are urging prominent Atlanta companies like Delta and Coca-Cola to speak out against the law, which they weakly opposed before the legislation's passage.
The law is not as oppressive as earlier proposals, but is still damaging, especially in ending the secretary of state's election authority and allowing the Legislature to remove local elections officials if it doesn't like the results.
An effort to persuade Major League Baseball to move the All-Star game from Atlanta is also gaining force.
The game will honor the late Henry Aaron, known for his quiet civil rights activism and heroism in breaking Babe Ruth's career home run record while receiving volumes of hate mail from white fans.
Enhancing the remembrance of Aaron's legacy, and that of Rep. John Lewis, would send a strong message and not punish Atlanta fans for the actions of an aggrieved political coterie.
Taking more than symbolic action, the NAACP and other voting rights groups have filed federal lawsuits against the legislation.
But the suits' chances are uncertain following the high number of conservative judges taking office during the Trump administration.
Republicans in passing the law show that they're not so pro-business after all. They'd rather suppress black voting power.