Thursday, April 14, 2005

Give Me Your Tired, Your Weak, Your Hanging Chads

Hard to believe but there are a lot of people out there that believe the Civil Rights movement only got them a lease. I happen to work with one of them -- really nice guy. Sadly, someone has put it into the heads of many African American men and women that there is a deadline coming and that "white America" will decide to not let them keep their voting rights in 2007. My big problem with that is: Wouldn't that upset the 42 black members of the House Of Representatives and 1 black member of the Senate? Wouldn't you hear more outcry from them or the NAACP? Do you think that they would be effective members of Congress if they weren't able to share equal rights with their peers as well as constituents? But, I do think there are a lot of people out there that would like to tell black voters that one party is trying to remove their voice from the public forum. But, I think Chicken Little screaming, "The sky is falling," is more believable. Why? Because, I know a lot of Caucasians that would be right there kicking in doors if civil rights were cast aside. I'd be one of them.

BTW: The NAACP and the U.S. Department of Justice both addressed the issue in 1998 and both stated that the 15th amendment prohibits discrimination in voting. It is a basic right, regardless of race, and is guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.

4 comments:

Jenn said...

Wow, I don't ever really get into politics because they DRIVE ME CRAZY! But, this particular post was intriguing. "I know a lot of Caucasians that would be right there kicking in doors if civil rights were cast aside. I'd be one of them." I admire that...alot. I'd be right there next to you.

Vavoom said...

Vavoom would be right there with you guys. (I love refering to myself in third person!) Indeed, it is unfortunate racially motivated mistrust is so pandemic in our society.

Teri said...

What is next, ending women's suffrage?

An80sNut said...

1) Thanks, Jenn. I'm just happy to stimulate your mind some. hahaha

2) I think we are getting better with racial tolerance, Vavoom. I just get crazed by the people that try to stir the smoldering coals out there. Let's hope for continued understanding.

3) Their suffering has yet begu... oh, you meant... ahhh. Well, if I was trying to get a better turn out of voters against an opposing party, I think creating a buzz about taking away women's suffrage would be a logical scare tactic. Party politics has become more about one party hindering the progress of the other party. Wouldn't want someone else to look good, right?