“권력은 요구 없이는 아무것도 양보하지 않는다,” 홀더는 목요일 밤 MSNBC의 Rachel Maddow에게 말했습니다.. “우리는 행진함으로써 일반 미국 시민으로서 갖는 힘을 너무 자주 과소평가합니다., 항의함으로써, by raising our voices. If we make our voices known, if we demand the kind of change, the fair change that we’re seeking, I think it will help in the process.”
“It’s not going to probably move Republicans,” Holder continued. “반면에, Democrats are going to have to think to themselves, ‘do I want to be seen as the person who James Eastland…those people before, who stood against the passage of [그만큼] Civil Rights bill–do I want to have that as my legacy?’ In raising the consciousness of people, by demonstrating, by getting arrested, by doing the things that ended segregation.”
The former attorney general compared the current Democratic push to fight laws aimed at strengthening election integrity to the fight against “American apartheid” in the 1950s.
“If you asked people in the 1950s, ‘do you think marching, demonstrating is going to bring down a system of American apartheid?’ You probably would have said, ‘that’s just not gonna happen.’ And we should not lose faith right now. Citizens can make a change. Citizens need to be in the streets. Citizens need to be demonstrating, citizens need to be calling representatives to demand the time of change that will make this country more representative, make our democracy more fair.”
Democrats across the country have been pushing back against Republican efforts to strengthen election laws, most notably in Texas and Georgia. Republicans say this effort aims to combat voter fraud.
지난 달, a group of Democratic Texas lawmakers fled the state capital and flew to Washington, D.C., in order to block the legislature from voting on a bill that would have dialed back certain voting methods implemented during the coronavirus pandemic, including drive-thru voting and overnight voting.
In Georgia earlier this year, 조 바이든 대통령 가입 other prominent Democrats in calling for Major League Baseball to move its All-Star game out of the state to protest an election integrity law passed by Republicans. The league ultimately heeded the advice and moved the game to Denver, 콜로라도.