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Posted: Jun 27 2012, 10:31 AM
Member No.: 455
Joined: 8-November 04
the following was all on Kos, the only edit was making the cure word at very end less of a curse-but the entire article/opinion is from kos
More Than A Dog Whistle: Texas GOP Calls For Repeal of 1965 Voting Rights Act
The Republicans might as well wear their white robes and funny hats in the daylight down in Texas.
The Republican Party of Texas released its platform this month, calling on Congress to repeal the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965. We urge that the Voter [sic] Rights Act of 1965 codified and updated in 1973 be repealed and not reauthorized, the platform reads.
So what is this Voting Rights Act?
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. §§ 19731973aa-6) is a landmark piece of national legislation in the United States that outlawed discriminatory voting practices that had been responsible for the widespread disenfranchisement of African Americans in the U.S.
Echoing the language of the 15th Amendment, the Act prohibits states from imposing any "voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure ... to deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color." Specifically, Congress intended the Act to outlaw the practice of requiring otherwise qualified voters to pass literacy tests in order to register to vote, a principal means by which Southern states had prevented African-Americans from exercising the franchise. The Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat, who had earlier signed the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law
Why did we need such an act? Because African Americans were systematically excluded from voting for almost 80 years in the South.
The 15th Amendment, ratified on February 3, 1870, provided that, "The right of U.S. citizens to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.". Additionally under the Amendment, the Congress was given the authority to enforce those rights and regulate the voting process.
Soon after the end of Reconstruction, starting in the 1870s, Southern Democratic legislators found other means to deny the vote to blacks, through violence, intimidation, and Jim Crow laws.
From 1890 to 1908, 10 Southern states wrote new constitutions with provisions that included literacy tests, poll taxes, and grandfather clauses that permitted otherwise disqualified voters whose grandfathers voted (thus allowing some white illiterates to vote), some with the aim and effect of re-imposing racially motivated restrictions on the voting process that disfranchised blacks.
State provisions applied to all voters and were upheld by the Supreme Court in early litigation, from 1875 (United States v. Cruikshank) through 1904. During the early 20th century, the Supreme Court began to find such provisions unconstitutional in litigation of cases brought by African Americans and poor whites. States reacted rapidly in devising new legislation to continue disfranchisement of most blacks and many poor whites. Although there were numerous court cases brought to the Supreme Court, through the 1960s, Southern states effectively disfranchised most blacks.
In 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was created with the mission to promote blacks' civil rights, including to "secure for them impartial suffrage." The NAACP's success was limited: although they did achieve important judicial rulings by the Supreme Court and some legislative successes, Southern legislators quickly devised alternate ways to keep many southern blacks disfranchised through the early 1960s.
Following the 1964 election, a variety of civil rights organizations banded together to push for the passage of legislation that would ensure black voting rights once and for all. The campaign to bring about federal intervention to prevent discrimination in voting culminated in the voting rights protests in Selma, Alabama, and the famous Selma to Montgomery marches. Demonstrations also brought out white violence, and Jimmie Lee Jackson, James Reeb, and Viola Liuzzo were murdered. President Lyndon B. Johnson, in a dramatic joint-session address, called upon Congress to enact a strong voting rights bill. Johnson's administration drafted a bill intended to enforce the 14th and 15th Amendments, aiming to eliminate various previously legal strategies to prevent blacks and other minorities from voting.
The Republican Party runs the State of Texas and now they want to disenfranchise non-whites again.
Bunch of fooking redneck racists.
|Texan for Gore||
Posted: Jun 27 2012, 01:50 PM
Member No.: 2253
Joined: 20-March 07
I don't know why I should even be shocked. I guess because you would think in this day and age, we should be past this kind of bigotry and racism. Yeah, I know, that is naive on my part, but the fact that the republican party is suggesting such a thing is despicable and shameless. This is what I mean by any one group having too much power, and standing up and speaking out against wrong. The Congress can vote and even authorize things, but it doesn't mean they are always right. Let's hope they have the good sense and decency to ignore the calls from the Texas GOP.