In a delicious irony, media expecting to see Attorney General Eric Holder's speech before the NAACP in Houston, Texas, today attacking voter ID laws were obliged to show proper credentials to get in the room. That included, yes, government-issued photo identification.
Here was the alert sent to reporters, prior to Holder's appearance:
All media must present government-issued photo I.D. (such as a driver's license) as well as valid media credentials. Members of the media must RSVP to receive press credentials at http://action.naacp.org/pages/s/registration. For security purposes, media check-in and equipment set up must be completed by 9:45 a.m. CDT for a 10:00 a.m. CDT security sweep.
This is an outrage!! What about those poor journalists that only have their credentials with them but no government issued I.D. card (such as a driver's license)? How are they going to get in to see the Attorney General? This action is dis-enfranchsing an entire group of poor journalists who can't afford to purchase a government-issued photo I.D. or were not able to provide proof of who they were when they tried to get a government-issued photo I.D.
This is not fair. Why it's almost like a post-slavery poll tax. This is racism, pure and simple.
I think we need to get the DOJ involved in this to prevent the DOJ from requiring government-issued I.D. (such as a driver's license) in order to get in to the DOJ press conference addressing voter I.D. requirements.
Wait... did I just say that?