Ironically, various civil rights groups across Georgia that supported Joe Biden’s presidential bid in 2020 now find themselves poised and eager to boycott the president. These groups, who intend to protest outside of Biden’s Tuesday speech in Atlanta, are apparently angered that the president has made little headway in terms of strengthening voting rights.
Both President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will be speaking in Atlanta about the importance of securing voting right across the United States, which may include changing the filibuster rules in the Senate due to Republican-supported laws that Democrats claim will contribute to the suppression of minority votes.
“It is very disappointing the we use our voice and our vote [in order to] elect the Democrats to handle this issue [when] it just hasn’t been given the priority it should,” April England Albright, who serves as the legal director for Black Votes Matter, sniffed in a recent interview.
Last summer, Black Votes Matter organized a large bus tour through southern states in order to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the “Freedom Riders” campaign, a hallmark of the Civil Rights movement.
Black Votes Matter, along with several others, intends to protest the Biden administration on Tuesday. The other participants include the GALEO Impact Action Fund, which represents Latinos; the Asian American Advocacy Fund, which represents Asians; and the New Georgia Project Action Fund, which represents other minority interests.
Nevertheless, NAACP President Derrick Johnson, along with other civil rights groups, will apparently join Biden in Atlanta.
However, the minority groups opposing Biden have proclaimed that Biden’s speech is “unacceptable,” or merely an empty gesture, rather than action. The groups have indicated that they will only be satisfied if the filibuster is eliminated and the voting rights plan successfully passes both chambers in order to be signed into law.
Last year, Democrats in the Senate attempted to bring the voting rights legislation to a floor vote on four separate occasions. However, they were repeatedly blocked by Republicans in the Senate, who used the filibuster rules to block the Democrats’ efforts to rewrite the rules of elections. The filibuster also requires for 60 of 100 Senators to reach a consensus in order to advance the most significant bills.