Suppressing Black votes was certainly a central part of Jim Crow. But comparisons with the new voting law minimize the moral horror of Jim Crow — and the progress we’ve made since. Under Jim Crow, Black people were denied far more meaningful civil rights than voting, starting with the right to life. They were often treated as a lower caste akin to medieval serfs. They couldn’t travel freely. Indeed, a major driver of many Jim Crow laws was the desire to keep Black people’ wages low by preventing them from being able to find work elsewhere. Worse, they could be lynched, beaten, robbed or raped without meaningful recourse in the courts or sufficient protection from the law. Yes, denying voting rights was part of the evil of Jim Crow, but that was a means to an end: the perpetuation of a morally repugnant system of apartheid.