Georgia’s governor signed ‘Jim Crow’ voting bill under painting of a slave plantation | Georgia

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When a photo of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp circulated on the internet showing the politician signing the Comprehensive Voting Restrictions Act while surrounded by other white male politicians, some Twitter users searched for a previously undiscovered detail .

Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Will Bunch created a Twitter thread about a painting of a Georgia plantation that hangs behind Kemp in the photo. Bunch wrote the history of the Callaway Plantation in Wilkes County, Georgia.

The columnist, who later published a comment on the discovery, said the symbolism of Kemp’s signing of a bill calling Joe Biden “Jim Crow in the 21st Century” was no coincidence.

The 98-page Electoral Integrity Act of 2021 has sparked criticism of the additional ID requirements for postal voting, making it a crime for many volunteers to distribute water or food within 150 feet of polling stations.

The practice of handing out food and water has become popular to keep exhausted voters in line in areas where waiting times can be hours. The law also places dropboxes on voting pages. These dropboxes, which have been around since last year, are only accessible during the early voting hours and not around the clock.

1. You’ve probably seen this picture of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and his group of white men who signed the state electoral repression bill – the new, new Jim Crow. But there’s a shocking angle to this story that you haven’t heard. Sit down for this one … pic.twitter.com/edHPmyeoiu

– Will Bunch sign up for my newsletter (@Will_Bunch) March 26, 2021

“Brian Kemp and his white henchmen have painted a picture of our time by working to carry on a tradition of inhumanity and white supremacy that now spans centuries, from the human bondage that lies behind the serene countryside of Brickhouse Road in Wilkes County’s oppression is now hidden behind a false facade of “voter integrity”. That legacy is a crime against humanity and cannot stand it, ”tweeted Bunch.

The images were also outraged by other people on Twitter.

The Georgia Voter Suppression Act was signed yesterday against the backdrop of the Callaway Plantation in Georgia. When a bunch of white men under a plantation signs a massive bill to suppress voters, everyone knows exactly what to do. https://t.co/QeXMoPqXQj

– ProfB (@AntheaButler), March 26, 2021

Behind the descendants of the white slaveholders who sign a law making it harder for blacks to vote is Callaway Plantation, a concentration camp where Callaways forced 319 black Georgians to work freely and build southern wealth that gave these men power they are trying to maintain. pic.twitter.com/kSvFmOF1gM

– Uju Anya (@UjuAnya) March 26, 2021

Thursday’s signing of the bill was also criticized after a Democratic representative, Park Cannon, was arrested for knocking on the office door when Kemp signed the bill in a closed ceremony.

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