"Congress determined that the existing federal anti-discrimination laws were not sufficient to overcome the resistance by state officials to enforcement of the 15th Amendment. The legislative hearings showed that the Department of Justice's efforts to eliminate discriminatory election practices by litigation on a case-by-case basis had been unsuccessful in opening up the registration process; as soon as one discriminatory practice or procedure was proven to be unconstitutional and enjoined, a new one would be substituted in its place and litigation would have to commence anew."
It is important that we never forget all of the people who were involved in the civil rights movement; they are my heroes. These are the people who put their lives on the line for freedom and equality. These are the folks who participated in the freedom rides, the people who were involved in the unprovoked attack on March 7, 1965, by state troopers while they were crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, en route to the state capitol in Montgomery. They are the true vanguard that paid the price for us to enjoy the liberties that we enjoy (and sometimes take for granted) today.
In 2012, forty-seven years later, we're facing the same challenge. My friends, voter suppression is real and it's in effect. It's the same game with a different face. Are we up for it? Are we prepared to follow in the footsteps of those before us and do what we can to ensure that we exercise our right to vote? I believe that we're on the right track. I believe that we have learned from the past. I believe that we will get this done.
The two things that have my attention these days are voter suppression and “Stand Your Ground” laws. It just so happens that ALEC is heavily involved in both of them. Now I know that I post a lot about ALEC, almost to a point of obsession. I actually wrote in a blog about becoming obsessed with ALEC. There is a good reason for this. We need to be aware of how serious and far reaching ALEC is and can be.
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 "The Constitution: Amendments 11-27". The National Archives.
 The United States Dept. of Justice - http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/vot/intro/intro_b.php
Ernest R. Heyward is the Founder and President of the Marketplace for Social Awareness and Social Responsibility Inc.