“When it comes to voting rights, North Carolina the new Selma”

David Goodman oped in the News and Observer:

In the summer of 1964, the Ku Klux Klan murdered my brother, Andrew Goodman, along with fellow civil rights advocates James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, for having the temerity to try to register black voters in Mississippi. One year later, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act to protect voting rights, once and for all. Case closed. Right?

Unfortunately, the case is not closed….

Unbeknownst to many Americans, John Roberts has campaigned against the Voting Rights Act for years. I challenge his assertion that the forces that led to the murder of my brother and others are no longer a threat. Racial hatred and prejudice continue to linger in our society. Case in point: the mass killings in South Carolina last year. Another case in point: the continued glorification of the confederacy and the values that it promoted.

The forces that once worked to suppress the rights of African-Americans are still alive and well. Political marginalization continues today. There is, however, a big difference between 1964 and 2016. Today, the marginalized citizens are not only include African-Americans, but also the poor, the young, the elderly and the formerly incarcerated.


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