jueves, julio 13, 2006

Black Vote in Peril in Home of the Free

Yesterday I saw Glenn Beck acting like a real ass towards the author of a book titled "Forty Million Dollar Slaves" by the name of William Rhoden. Glenn Beck went to the extreme of misquoting Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. during his arrogant trashing of his guest. Minutes before, he had launched an attack against the "La Raza Council" calling it racist because "La Raza" translates into "The Race", not knowing that the concept of La Raza does not refer to a superior race, but to a new race of humans formed by the mixing of all those who came to America and the indigenous peoples.

Anyway, all these seemingly random thoughts have a reason, here you have the note:

House rejects changes to Voting Rights Act

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press Writer

25 minutes ago

The House voted Thursday to renew the 1965 Voting Rights Act, rejecting efforts by Southern conservatives to relax federal oversight of their states in a debate haunted by the ghosts of the civil rights movement.

The 390-33 vote sent to the Senate a bill that represented a Republican appeal to minority voters who doubt the GOP's "big-tent" image. Southern conservatives had complained that the act punishes their states for racist voting histories they say they've overcome.

"By passing this rewrite of the Voting Rights Act, Congress is declaring from on high that states with voting problems 40 years ago can simply never be forgiven," said Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga., one of several lawmakers pressing for changes to the law to ease its requirements on Southern states.

The House overwhelmingly rejected amendments that would have shortened the renewal from 25 years to a decade and would have struck its requirement that ballots in some states be printed in several languages.

Supporters of the law as written called the amendments "poison pills" designed to kill the renewal because if any were adopted by the full House, the underlying renewal might have failed.

Supporters used stark images and emotional language to make clear that the pain of racial struggle — and racist voting practices — still stings.

Continues...

Yes, what you just read is for real, the right to vote by the Black population of the United States of America (...the land of the free and the home of the brave...) depends on an Act, not a Law, that needs to be renewed every so often.

There you have it, a country that claims to be the most perfect democracy in the world, so perfect that they even export it via intelligent bombs, in reality keeps little over 10% of its population on a separate class when it comes to the right of all citizens to vote and be voted.

The note seems to present the Southern politicians as the villains in this movie, but the truth is, the entire US political landscape in guilty of racism by perpetuating a practice that can only be compared to the apartheid regime in South Africa.

The only way this blatant display of bigotry can be fixed is by making this Act evolve into a Law, so the Black population do not depend on a renewal to retain their right to vote.

Until then, the USA will not fully overcome its centuries of disregard for the human rights and civil liberties of its Black population, first victims of slavery, then victims of open racism, today victims of low key discrimination.

Not so low key at times, isn't it Mr. Beck?

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