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ELECTIONS: We still need Voting Rights Act

Letter by Laura H. Lewis, Puyallup on Feb. 28, 2013 at 11:36 am with No Comments »
February 28, 2013 1:23 pm

The Supreme Court is reconsidering the Voting Rights Act (thenewstribune.com, 2-27).

I grew up in the deep South, in Georgia – the only state then where the voting age was 18. My senior year in high school, our civics teacher took all of the 18-year-olds to the courthouse to register to vote.

The room we were in had a fence down the middle, and blacks entered by another door and tried to register on the other side of the fence. I filled out a form and was registered. I watched as blacks were asked to read and explain parts of the Constitution. They were then told that they had not passed the test and could not register.

I felt ashamed of my government that day.

I was appalled and saddened by this display of discrimination and knew it was not right. Though the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965, and things improved, there is still inequality in the United States.

I am constantly surprised as people today do not stand up for civil rights. I would challenge everyone to speak up for people of color. Yes, even today, people are denied the right to vote in this country. We should let our members of Congress know that we care about this.

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