Anna Hirsch is disturbed by the fact that felons are not allowed to vote in many states. The reason she objects to this ban is that she considers the racial disparity in felony convictions to be the result of white racism. Apparently, she is oblivious to the facts on the ground: that blacks and Hispanics really do commit more crime than whites and North Asians.
On a certain level, I also disapprove of felony voting bans. There are far too many laws in America and it is far too easy to become a “felon”. If the powers that be do not like you, one goon tells another, “find something to charge him with”. As long as you’re breathing, they will find something. But this injustice does not matter to those on the left; it only matters if the victims are “people of color”.
Should anybody be voting? There is a strong case to be made that most acts of voting constitute aggression. This happens to be my opinion as well. Nobody has the right to appoint another person to rule over me or to use violence against me. It does not matter what race, gender or age the voter is. He still has no such rights. Therefore I see no reason to protest a law that prevents certain people from voting if nobody should be voting. I would make the same case against woman suffrage.
What Hirsch is in fact saying, though not in all cases, is that non-whites who have committed crimes against other people should be allowed to commit yet more crimes against more people. Leftists, like Hirsch, have a tendency to promote policies that encourage violence.
During the reign of President Bush, many leftists protested against his wars. I wonder if Hirsch was among them. Many have asked why those protesters are staying home now that Obama is waging the same wars and committing the same abuses. The answer, of course, is that the Left does not oppose violence. It only opposes violence that it does not approve of. Obama is a “person of color”. Therefore, they approve of his violence – at least enough to refrain from massive protesting. They approve of the violence committed by black/Hispanic felons – at least enough to encourage those same felons to rule over us via their votes and to excuse their crimes (insofar as real crimes were committed) as artifacts of white racism.