A group called Black Voters Matter appears to be using race-baiting techniques to motivate voters who support gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum and other black candidates.
Race-baiting is defined as the unfair use of statements about race to try to influence the actions or attitudes of a particular group of people.
TR has recovered a text message sent to a potential Florida voter from a Black Voter Matters volunteer which refers to voting for Andrew Gillum as a way to end “Jim Crow FL!”
See image of text message below.
Jim Crow laws—enforced in the south until 1965 —mandated the segregation of public schools, public places, and public transportation, and the segregation of restrooms, restaurants, and drinking fountains for whites and blacks.
The message begins with, “I’m Laurie P. a volunteer w/ Black Voters Matter.” After receiving permission to send more information about the election, the message states:
This is the most important election in the history of Black communities in FL. We could elect Andrew Gillum for governor, Sean Shaw for Attorney General, and vote yes on 4 to restore the voting rights of millions. We could end Jim Crow FL!
Black Voters Matter, like the Collective PAC, is a group focused on supporting black candidates. The group is registered as a non-profit with the IRS.
While the mission of the group deals with the non-controversial issue of increasing voter engagement, the focus of the group is clearly aimed at motivating black voters in support of black candidates.