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The short answer for why African Americans must vote, is that America is a Nation of Laws. Those laws affect your education, housing, jobs, and decisions affecting Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. The laws in place duiring colonial times were voted on by White Males. It was white males who voted to seize Native Lands and Legalize Slavery. Voting has always been contentious in this Land of Liberty.
The 1965 Civil Rights Act revisited the Voting Rights Act, one that was already on the books. In 1868, the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States granted citizenship and equal civil and legal rights to African Americans and slaves who had been emancipated after the American Civil War, including them under the umbrella phrase “all persons born or naturalized in the United States.” However Free Blacks had been granted the right to vote in several Northern States.
These days it is the Republicans attempting to restrict Voters Rights, but back then it was the Dixiecrats (Democrats). The goal was to prevent the empowerment of the blacks who in some cases outnumbered whites. In the 1856 Dred Scott decision, a statement was made that blacks “Had no rights which a white man was bound to respect; and that the Negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for his benefit (his meaning for the White man).
We continue to fight for rights other Americans, (including immigrants), take for granted. There is a concerted effort to block our votes, because they are valuable. We are the most Powerful Voting block in America.
Tune in tonight as host Anita Wills Shares why We MUST Vote!!
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