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“Representative Walker is a smart man.  In fact, just this morning I was telling a friend how intelligent Mr. Walker is, and how he should not be underestimated.

“With that said, his speech today was not his finest hour.  Voter ID applies to everyone equally regardless of color or creed.  Thanks to its passage, every person of every color and creed can be more confident in our election process.

“It truly saddens me that Rep. Walker sees so many issues through the lens of race in a country that has now, as he acknowledged, twice elected a black president.

“I respect Mr. Walker’s convictions, but I think it is appropriate to remind him of the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.:

” ‘I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.’

“Isn’t it time we live up to that charge?  Isn’t it time that we stop looking for a racist behind every rock and judge people based on their character?

“If Rep. Walker wants to oppose voter ID and his heart tells him he should, then he should do it.  But his accusations of racism are not based on logic, fact, or reason.

“In fact, many would argue that such accusations are in themselves racist because they single out whites and ascribe unflattering motives to them.

“I’d say it’s time we move past this type of divisive demagoguery.  The people of Arkansas deserve better.”

— h/t Nic Horton, March 13