North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory yesterday signed the state’s new voter ID law,  requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls. The Southern Coalition for Social Justice was among groups immediately filing suit, with lawyer Allison Riggs calling the law “a naked attempt to predetermine election outcomes by making it harder for certain people to vote: poor people, people of color, elderly people and young people.”

Singer John Legend tonight went a step further, calling the voter ID law “the new Jim Crow.”

Not quite.

Actually, voter ID is the new new Jim Crow; Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons has already claimed that title for the nation’s drug sentencing laws.

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Legend, 34, wasn’t around for the old Jim Crow, but Rep. John Lewis was. So, shut up.


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