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Attorney Joe C. Hopkins is the publisher and editor of the Pasadena Journal and author of "I will Not Apologize."  For several years now, residents of the community have benefited from his insights about the dress and behavior of Black youth, the negative images of Black youth, the negative images of Blacks portrayed in the media, and how best to secure economic empowerment for the future of Black youth.

Preserving the Right to Vote

"In Georgia, over forty thousand registered voter registration forms have come up missing ... There are coordinated efforts to prevent Blacks from voting. They are using schemes like protecting the public from voter fraud and keeping those who should be allowed to vote from voting."


African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - civil rights and votingMuch of the struggle of the civil rights movement, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was about gaining rights denied to Black Americans, including the right to vote. With the right to vote comes the right to choose who your leaders are and what rights you have to education and economic welfare. It was understood that in the pre-civil rights struggle period your rights were defined for you by those who had the right to vote. This meant, primarily, White people.

The world watched as facts about Ferguson, Missouri came out that Blacks represented almost 70 percent of the population of Ferguson. And though they were the majority of the population, they held only one elected position on the City Council and three Black police officer positions, out of over fifty.

Now we see that in a few states, the Republican public officials are trying to get back to the past. In Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio, Colorado, Nevada, Texas and Georgia, there are coordinated efforts to prevent Blacks from voting. They are using schemes like protecting the public from voter fraud and keeping those who should be allowed to vote from voting.

In fact, these Republicans are working to solve a problem that doesn't exist. The problem they are really working on is denying the voting rights for the majority. Black and Brown Americans will soon be the majority in this country, and it looks like they are leaning toward voting Democratic. The Republicans apparently don't want that. The problem is that they will have to share the power of the greatest country in the world.

Amazingly, in Georgia, over forty thousand registered voter registration forms have come up missing. In another state some people who had voted absentee will not have their votes counted. The culprit in most of these schemes are the states elected Secretary of State, like Kansas' Kris W. Kobach.

Kobach seems to lie about what he is doing and its purpose. I guess he thinks that the Black, Brown and Democratic White population has no rights he has to respect. What he has done has been called a modern day poll tax, and should be a national disgrace.

In one race this year, Kobach tried to keep a democratic candidate in a political race, after the candidate said he wanted off the ballot. After being forced to go to court, the candidate was able to have his name removed from the ballot.

With people like Kobach, and the large number of states roaming the land trying to take us back to the racist past, we are reminded that there is still much work to be done. People like Georgia congressman John Lewis and United States Attorney General Eric Holder seem to be on the job and reminds us that we need to be ever vigilant and utilize the rights that have been fought, died for and earned by a past generation who gave blood, sweat and tears in return for our right to vote.

At a time when we see Black and White working together in all phases of life, white supremacists need to get with it and realize that Barack Obama was right when he said that there is no White America, there is no Black or Red America, there is just America.

Those who would return us to the past should remember that is the past.  Like the Klan who wore masks were once called the KKK, they are now our ISIS.

 

 

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