Was listening to Sirius Left the other evening, and they were discussing Photo ID Check Laws for Elections.
as you'd expect, they were 100% against it, and claimed the only reason such a law would be passed was a conscious effort to descriminate and violate the civil rights of Blanks and Hispanics.
Pretty standard professional-liberal view on the issue.
What got my attention was this: The guest claimed that in many jurisdictions (she was specificly discussing Detriot if I recall), 78% of black men aged 18-24 did not have any form of State Issued Photo ID.
She went on to list off many more stats on lack of Photo ID amongst black and hispanics, but basicly (boiled down) was claiming ~50% of all minorities do not have a valid State Issued Photo ID.
My question is this.....why?
The way I was raised, a Photo ID (ID, Permit or Driver's Licence) was a basic part of the transitition from child to adulthood. It was never considered optional, the cost (generally ranging from free to $5.00) was never considered a burden, and the idea of simply not getting an ID never crossed my, my fellow students, or anyone I knew's mind.
Why is it, what are the factors, that leads to 50-80% of minorities simply ignoring the entire photo ID concept? Given the many things you use your ID for, from simply beer buying, to a host of other things (incld. Employment), what would elad people to skip getting one?
I'm genuinely interested here, cause the stat of 78% blew my mind.