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Submitted by Guestmom (not verified) on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 10:01am.
Mama, I agree with you, but, your comment: "Blacks have voted for forty some presidents..." Didn't sound right to me, so I did a little research. In 1870 the 15th Amendment was ratified, which provided specifically that the "right to vote shall not be denied or abridged on the basis of race, color or previous condition of servitude." But, in actuality it didn't work. States (especially southern states) made it very difficult for blacks to vote. They were threatended and laws were passed that made it very difficult for them to vote. The "Voting Rights Act of 1965" limited the power of states to change their voting laws to restrict who could vote. 1965. That's only 43 years ago. There have been 7 presidents elected since then. Amazing to me. I think we all take so much for granted now, and don't bother to look back and see what our ancestors had to go through to get us where we are today. Here's a little history lesson for all of us:
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