When the Voting Rights Bill of 1965 was signed by President Lyndon Johnson, most of us in the black community considered that fight won. It had been a long, hard fight and we were glad to see the end.
Unfortunately, as soon as time had passed and the government closed its doors, the Southern states returned to their fighting stance. While most populations are pleased to have citizens turn out to the polls, the legislatures of many Southern states have a problem with African-Americans showing up at the polls.
Actually, since there is very little evidence of any kind of voter fraud going on anywhere, these zealots are conspiring to fight an enemy that doesn’t exist. They go on endlessly making laws for voter IDs for people to have on hand when they show up to vote. They debate on whether there needs to be photographs on IDs or not. They argue over what days or weekends should be closed prior to election days.
Apparently, the citizens are not voting the way the legislatures want them to. That is too bad. These politicians will ultimately find out that Americans will go along with a lot of things for a long time, until they decide to do the right thing. Then they will no longer tolerate the foolishness. In the end, it will be easier to just do the right thing and allow people to have their right to vote without all the foolishness.
I can remember when the two parties worked hard on their elections and when one party was successful, the other party put up their boxing gloves and settled down until the next fight. And let’s not forget the two parties often worked together to get important bills passed. I would hope that spirit hasn’t died. We are truly in need of a complete Congress working together to deal with the issues we have facing us today.
The legislatures in the Southern states are just going to have to realize that African-Americans are determined to have their voting rights and they are not prepared to have them taken from them. It would be wasteful to have to fight for that issue again.
We won that fight in 1965. Remember?