How we define ourselves and others is complex because we hold multiple identities simultaneously. Social contexts and the resulting power relations (racism, sexism, classism, etc.) “are intertwined and mutually constructing.” This book portrays intersectionality as not only an analytic tool used by scholars but also a performative concept—it accomplishes as well as describes.
The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University stated earlier this month that “14 states will have new voting restrictions in place for the first time in a presidential election.” Enacted by Republican legislatures, “the new laws range from strict photo ID requirements to early voting cutbacks to registration restrictions.” (The states are Alabama, Arizona, Indians, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.) As for what the Brennan Center calls the “myth of voter fraud,” their ongoing examination found that such fraud is “very rare.”
One of the central stories in the presidency of Ulysses S. Grant involved his fight against voter suppression.