Rep. Burgess Owens, Who Grew Up Under Jim Crow, Says Comparisons to Georgia Voting Laws Are ‘Disgusting’

Rep. Burgess Owens, Who Grew Up Under Jim Crow, Says Comparisons to Georgia Voting Laws Are ‘Disgusting’

Rep. Burgess Owens told Senate Democrats Tuesday that the comparisons of Georgia’s new voting laws to the racist policies of the Jim Crow era are “disgusting and offensive.”

Mr. Owens, a Black freshman Republican from Utah, said the comparison, repeated by President Biden, is “absolutely outrageous” during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee called, “Jim Crow 2021: The Latest Assault on the Right to Vote.”

“As someone who has actually experienced Jim Crow laws, I’d like to set the record straight on the myths regarding the recently passed Georgia state law, and why any comparison between this law and Jim Crow is absolutely outrageous,” Mr. Owens said.

Mr. Owens, 69, said he “actually experienced Jim Crow laws” when he was a young child in Florida, recalling White-only restrooms, inadequate school funding, and election laws like a poll tax and literacy test that “made it nearly impossible for Black Americans to vote.”

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Source: Washington Times

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