Open Letter to the Hip-Hop Community: What do you think of the #NewRules to Voting Rights?

President Obama: “I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision today” and that the gutting of the Voting Rights Act “upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent.”

Marvin BingThe Voting Rights Act, first signed into law in 1965, was a keystone victory of the civil rights movement. African-American citizens withstood beatings, fire hoses and dogs to see the law passed. Some even gave their lives.

And for decades since, the law has protected the right to vote for millions of America’s citizens — regardless of faith, color or creed.

Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court strikes down the power to enforce this important law. This is more than a disappointment—it’s an injustice.

The Hip-Hop community has an obligation to respond to this. Hip-hop was born out of the struggle against inequality, poverty, violence and discrimination. It is a genre that reflects those inequalities in order to overcome them and change them.

Millions of young people listen and act based off what artists, DJs, bloggers and On-Air personalities say. You have the power to help them retain their rights to vote and to fight for the millions of people who will lose the right to vote.

Last year, right-wing law-makers made a dramatic effort to limit voting access. They tried passing restrictive voter ID laws, cutting back early-voting hours, and eliminating same-day voter registration. Citizens with every right to vote were turned away from the polls after waiting hours in line to vote.

The Voting Rights Act was invoked to stop these attacks on the right of the people to vote in 2012. Without it, everything would be different today.

Our nation should be expanding voting access, not restricting it. The decision handed down by the Supreme Court today means that it is now up to us, the people, the hip-hop community, to protect our right to vote.

Tell your audience you’re pissed off about this decision. Talk about how important voting is and how the threat of voter discrimination is very real. Send email blasts, make a PSA, light up social media, and make on-air announcements.

You can start by getting people to Washington, DC for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. In 1965, Dr. King and civil rights leaders led 300,000 to March on Washington, and this historic event is part of the reason the Voting Rights Acts passed 50 years ago. On Saturday, August 24, 2013, the NAACP and other civil rights groups can recreate the momentum with your help.

And we need more than marches. We need to be in our communities educating, registering, engaging, and building our people up with the tools and knowledge they need.

Where’s your hustle, are you up for the challenge? The time is always right to do what’s right. Our young people look to you for leadership beyond lyrics.

Marvin Bing is the Northeast Regional Director of the National NAACP. You can follow him on twitter and Instagram @MarvinBing

44 Responses to “Open Letter to the Hip-Hop Community: What do you think of the #NewRules to Voting Rights?”

  1. dexter

    but we got a black prez tho… I say that 2say. It goes to show its gonna go the way they want it to go anyways… they being the government & all accompanying powers seen & unseen that conspire diligently against the poor on the reg…”they all politicians”

      • dexter

        im pretty sure he put one of dem in the surpeme court & the question is… does he want to?

      • Two_guns_Billy

        I doubt it and isn’t it a black man on the supreme court?

      • dexter

        & now it all this political mumboojooboo talk I cnt make heads r tails from it. smh. Inoe we have an insightful blogger on here some wherez…

      • dexter

        basically its gonna be a bitch to vote in the south…

      • kita

        The only thing the democrats have been pushing for is same sex marriage, Nothing else got accomplished. Lets see how many jobs and affordable housing programs the gay agenda gives out to the mostly unemployed/underemployed democrats. We have failed ourselves and our children with this foolishness. Now what?

      • dexter

        but! we got a black prez yo! thats all that matters… smh. & I agree with u mami…

      • need2morehands2give4thumbsdown

        he aint black he’s clarence thomas lol

      • EDOGZ818

        No, he’s (an) African American. His mother is American, his father is Kenyan, and a British subject.

        Let that marinate for a second & assume he was born in Harlem, on 125th, at the Apollo, during a live “Showtime at The Apollo”, etc. …

        Does that make his father any less Kenyan / African?

        Does that make his father any less of a British subject / citizen? ( or even Kenyan )

        So in theory, the Kenyan government, could grab up his popz on whatever charge, & be like “Yo! We got Pop Dukez!”

        ( >> Hears Pop Dukes screaming in the back ground as government goons give his finger the “Man Of Fire” lighter treatment, Ninjaz put Popz on the phone, as he begs his son to send rice or military intervention, etc….The point is, another country has jurisdiction over him, etc.)

        The distinction is, that he may be a “Citizen At Birth”, due to being born on live TV, at the Apollo in Harlem, on 125th, etc…he is not “Natural Born”, in the sense that his parents were both U.S. citizens, and he was born on U.S. soil, as opposed to having a split loyalty to the US and IE:

        His Birth place if Kenya

        His parent’s Birth place in Kenya.

        Since we can assume that every law maker / participant in the electoral check & balance system / congress :

        ( >>EDOGZ818 SIDE NOTE:

        If Pro is the opposite of Con, what is the opposite of Progress?)

        How was he even allowed to run, let alone serve.

        Section 1 of Article Two of the United States Constitution sets forth the eligibility requirements for serving as president of the United States:“No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.”

        The Twelfth Amendment states, “No person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.”

        The 2011, United States Federal law (8 U.S.C. § 1401) *Commercial Code / Law / chattel Slaves? ) changed the requirements for citizenship, which was the whole purpose of this charade. Who has historically been targeted by “Citizenship” laws?

        Black people

        What happened to them then & what is happening to them now, right along with White Americans & everyone else?

        Before the 14th amendment, only Black people needed permission to travel ( passport ) ride a horse like D’jango ( driver’s license ), Love ( Marriage License ) , Protect themselves ( Carry Permit ) , Work ( Worker’s permit / tax / Business licence ), Build shelter (Building permit) etc.

        After the 14th amendment, who doesn’t need permission for all of that & more?

        The Native Americans on a reservation? Who else?

      • dexter

        thats ok tho on a deeper level. all are not met 2. sad as it is. many will parish for lack of knowledge of self…& some MUST die in order for the rest of us to live…now I noe we both would like all to live…but thats not reality son…

      • dexter

        & u did a great reporting the factz… impressive tbh! I read all of it…:) it gets a lil complex but I get the jist of it. Bottom LIne who “THEY” want in office is there. Period.

      • dexter

        & seriously thanks I will stay registered to impact the numbers for those that do… i got chu my nig:)

      • Jizzah!

        Good Chet You Just Posted. AHH rumors section is getting played out now. But You and a afew others convo on Real Issues Keep chet Live & On Point.

        Much Respect!!!

      • EDOGZ818

        Google “$chool ‘Em $aturday$” on AHH, iLLseed be doing his part on the low. Folks sleep, but he also brought out Truth Minista Paul Scott and many, many other people.

        It’s up to us to send him the good material, it’s his job to put it out there.

        You know the drill “If you see something say something @

      • DJ7

        Knew this was coming….should of beat you to it b.u.t. good drop all the same

      • EDOGZ818

        Hahaha, I was surprised that you didn’t jump on it like a hobo on a hot dog!

        Either-way, one of us will $chool ’em!

      • ZUBU

        Not much Obama can do. We got three levels of govt:Executive, Judicial and Legislative. The supreme court judges are in essence more powerful than the president. They are appointed for life, their views last for decades. I had a prof. in college a few years ago warn about this possibly happening. Stripping us of all the political gains we made during the 50’s and 60’s.

      • dexter

        there we have it. thanks bro:) they dont give a fuc* about us(in my MJ voice)

      • EDOGZ818

        Yet Bish, etc., can do whatever he wants, O too, by Executive Order, etc. when it comes to stripping freedoms.

        O is like the manager of Burger King, not the franchise owner, so don’t think the policies are going to change just because they “SELECTED” a manager that looks like you.

        They still gonna flame broil the Whopper, or not, despite your protest.

        So it’s a game, like 3 card Monte’, for slavery, and knowing that it’s rigged, you either play it or try and walk away, the thing about this jack move ( *The System ) is that the perpetrators are ready to take it there, physically, if the scam doesn’t work.

        dexter(certified hater)



      • dexter

        well put son! tbh I dont vote. voting 2me is like giving n2 the fear. & yes I can say shit… they killing my check every 2weeks takn like dam near half under the black prez nonetheless under him & his big spending have increased my taxes nonetheless…foh to *the system*… again well put son!

      • dexter

        naw a nigga registered tho… & u rite cuz I needed that 2get my passport! point takn:) & thanks

  2. KC The American Pimp

    vote is a joke. that chet only works if the person your backing is running. Has the “hip hop” community ever had anyone to vote for, I think not (could be wrong). This should be the last thing we’re worried about. the Obama administration is spying hacking our computers, TV’s, phones house. No funds for education, sports, music class. Yeah we as a community need to wake up but voting for some scumbag politician won’t ever help out the black community, we’re out numbered in those offices.


    If you aren’t telling these black, latin, and native american people the kingdom is at hand, then your life is a waste….

  4. Abrasive Angel

    I knew the payback was coming in the next election and this has solidified it. Expect “minorities” to really get treated bad during and after the next election.

    • kita

      What did you expect. Most people in this country are worried about same sex marriage while unemployment and homelessness is at an all time high.

  5. Dead wrong

    I think the power is in the hands of the people that count the votes. You’ll know the people are gaining their power back when people start dropping like flies. You’ll know when a leader is legitimately for the people when he gets the Malcolm X/ML King/ JFK treatment.

  6. Incredible2012

    Well, Mr. Bing before you wrote your article did you think about changing the name NAACP? I mean if that hasn’t changed in how many years what makes you think that Black people have really advanced any? Take a look at Black People on the eve of the civil war and look today, and look at all the social markers (Prison, Employment, etc..) and you will really see what’s going on.

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