The May 10 news article “Phrase stripped from Texas voting bill could be linked to Jim Crow laws” quoted a scholar saying “writing legislative language that seems to be race-blind but has decided racial impacts is an art form in Southern politics.”

In 1981, GOP strategist Lee Atwater bragged about “how to be a racist without sounding like one.” The Southern Strategy was so successful in attracting disgruntled white supremacists that although Ronald Reagan had to dog-whistle his appeal to racists, candidate Donald Trump could openly run on white grievance to win the presidency. 

Legitimizing racism against Black people was never just a Southern thing. It is in the Constitution. And under the guise of original intent, it is being perpetuated by Republican appointees to the Supreme Court, among others.

Annlinn KrugerBar Harbor, Maine