Speak Out: The past and the present
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Aug 07, 2013 | 1866 views |  0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of overturning preclearance of the Voting Rights Law by 5 to 4 vote, civil rights activists say the past will not be repeated because they aren’t going back; too much has been accomplished by VRA, and countermeasures are afoot. The old controversies of voting and discrimination have been aroused to a new life of photo IDs and voter suppression.

The past had its Govs. Lester Maddus, Strom Thurmond, George Wallace, Ross Barnett and Oval Faubus, and the Democratic legislatures on racial segregation. The present has its Govs. Pat McCrory, Rick Scott, Scott Walker, John Kasich and Tom Corbett and the Republican legislatures on voter suppression.

The interesting points about these personalities are the narrow-mindedness, the critical and sharp views of states’ rights, and the tenacious conceptions of what they seek in erecting barriers and in enforcing rigorous laws on their constituents.

The past and present reveal faulty and disagreeable actions where we can learn from them, and to be wise enough not to elect officeholders with same positions. Yesterday is beyond our control; today is what we promote for our posterity.

Isaiah J. Ashe
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