Black Leaders To SC Gov: You're A Minority, Too

Published January 22, 2012 3:36PM (EST)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Civil rights leaders bothered by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's stance on issues like requiring voters to show their IDs at the polls are reminding the governor that she is a minority, too.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson said at several stops around the state that Nikki Haley wouldn't have been able to vote before 1965, just as he couldn't vote.

Both Haley's parents were born in India, and they came to South Carolina before she was born in 1972.

Haley dismisses the criticism from civil rights leaders, saying they see race in every issue. She says her support of voter ID laws is just a commonsense measure to protect the voting process.

By Salon Staff

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