Thursday, July 25, 2013

Justice Department makes first move after Voting Rights changes

CBS News reports--"Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that Justice Department is asking a court to put Texas under the same sort of oversight it faced before the Supreme Court earlier this year weakened the Voting Rights Act -- the first move the department has made since the court ruling.

If the federal court in San Antonio grants the Justice Department's request, Texas would have to obtain approval in advance before putting future voting changes in place. This requirement to obtain "pre-approval" from either the Justice Department or a federal court before making changes to voting laws is available when intentional voting discrimination is found"....

Last month The Current published the article "WHY TEXAS STILL NEEDS THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT".  The article stated “Texas has a shameful history of suppressing the vote of minorities and the poor through the use of poll taxes, literacy tests, Ku Klux Klan intimidation and the 1905 adoption of party primaries that were closed to all non-whites. It would not be until 1944 that the Supreme Court ruled Texas’ racist primary restrictions unconstitutional and another 21 years would pass before the VRA actually challenged Texas’ policy of white supremacy at the ballot box.

But the extension of political rights to black and Latino voters was immediately challenged in the post-VRA period as Texas, along with the rest of the South, became a focal point of the Republican Party’s new “Southern Strategy.” Tired of playing second fiddle, Republicans sought to win Southern white voters—disaffected by the gains of the Civil Rights Movement—away from the Democratic Party to which they had belonged since the Civil War.”

Food for thought:  There are many American’s who may righteously say America has come a long way, in the wake of the election of our country’s first African-American President. Or some may even argue, “President Obama was elected far before his time”.  Needless to say, the old South continues to be a reflection of years past, as it appears to be stuck in a time warp of racist politics, insistent bigotry and a stalemate of its abundant minority communities.

Growing up in a small predominantly black community in the Deep South, during the post-Civil Rights Movement, prejudice and racism did not disguise itself.  Fortunately the elders in my community knew how to protect their descendants from racial brutality by simply not talking about it and the predominant mixed race residents were forced to live in segregated communities.  Yet today, Southern Confederate racism continues to be a malignant epidemic, passed down from generation to generation.

Leaving home over 20 years ago to join the military, I vowed that I would never return to the Deep South.  In early 2010, after my mom took ill, I returned to my Southern roots. Since my return, I've sadly witnessed not only a strategic shift to disenfranchise the average working class black community; throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area, I've also witnessed  a flagrant attack against Atlanta’s minority based school system. 

Unfortunately there are not enough powerful black community leaders like the late Dr. King who will unselfishly challenge the Republican party’s effort to keep Georgia a Red State.

Like religion, I don’t like to debate politics but I do value the education and future of ALL our children, no matter the race, gender or sexual orientation.

American taxpayers should hold our elected officials accountable and push for equality and fair justice of all American citizens.  The days of bigotry and racism should be a thing of the past.  America should be a country UNITED, not DIVIDED! 

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