The Voting Rights Act of 1965 The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was created to prevent discrimination towards a citizen’s right to vote. Initially it was set for 5 years and still to this day is active in our laws. Which then brings the question, is it still necessary to have this act in our current society? Yes, the U.S. still needs this act, without it we would have opportunity for discrimination towards economic class, intellectual ability and race. Each of these types of discrimination is all oddly connected. The act not only prevents discrimination but it also gives minority voters, specifically African Americans, the political power that for years they were rejected. Barrack Obama being elected president is one of best example of this. Removing this act would only risk discrimination to voters. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was created to prevent “voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure ... to deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color.” (OurDoc.gov) The unprovoked attack on March 7, 1965, by state troopers on peaceful marchers heading to the state capitol in Montgomery, provoked the President and Congress to take action. President Johnson issued a call for a strong voting rights law, which soon became the Voting Rights Act. Now with this understand of how the Voting Rights Act came to be you can begin to understand the ideas behind it. Towards voting rights, I believe discrimination can come in three forms, Class, Intelligence and race, and each are connected. I originally thought, how could someone be discriminated in voting because of there economic class? Well its simpler then I imagined. Poll taxes were created in certain states during the Jim Crow law era. After the ability to vote was granted to all races by the Fifteenth Amendment, many Southern states enacted poll tax laws as a means of restricting voters. Such laws often included the grandfather clause that allowed any adult male whose father or grandfather had voted in a specific year prior to the abolition of slavery to vote without paying the tax. (CRMVET) The way they created these poll taxes made an unequal right to vote for African Americans. The Voting Rights Act protected African Americans right to vote by making these tax polls unconstitutional, thus illuminating this form of discrimination. This being my first argument of why we very much still need The Voting Rights Act of 1965. Another way states were able to discriminate was against the intellectual abilities of the voters. The states created literacy tests, the tests were usually given by white local officials, who had complete discretion over who passed and who failed. Examples of questions asked of Blacks in Alabama included: “naming all sixty-seven county judges in the state, naming the date on which Oklahoma was admitted to the Union, and declaring how many bubbles are in a bar of soap.” (CRMVET) These ridiculous tests were given verbally and it was completely up to the official who could give bias questions to African Americans. This gave the officials a lot of power on deciding who would vote and wouldn’t. The literacy tests are just another example of how states can sway votes and cause an unequal right to vote. The tests are unconstitutional under the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Once again I see no reason why we should reject the act today and create opportunity for chances similar to these to occur. The most important form of voter discrimination that the act prevents is discrimination in the form of race. With all of these arguments many may say we have come far from how things used to be based on race. But we cannot deny the fact that we are still far from a completely racially equal society. There is still racism thriving in communities, there is still signs of lesser opportunities for minorities, and there is absolutely still much we can do to bridge the gap towards equality.…
Winslow 1st hour
October 31, 2012
Chinese Exclusion Act
The Chinese Exclusion Act was put into place in 1882 to prohibit Chinese immigration to the United States. This act simply states that no more Chinese immigrants are allowed to come to the US. My self and many others believe that factors contributing to this cause include the vast amounts of Chinese immigrants in the United States, the amount of unemployment in US citizens, and overall racism.
During the opening to the west…
Terms: Poll Tax, Dixicats, Brown v Board of Education, Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, To Secure These Rights, Braceros, Termination Policy.
The Impact Of
Congress passed servicemens readjustment act in 1944
Encouraging veterans to get an education and paying their tuition
After World War II the United States converted from a wartime to a peacetime economy
The Fair Deal Economic Program
An extension of Roosevelts New…
press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
* Freedom of Religion
* Freedom of Speech
* Freedom of Press
* Right to peaceable assemble
* Right to petition the government for redress of grievances
* Amendment 2 - A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed..
* We have the right to form…
Dr.King is an really important people for the American history and he changed United states. He is well-liked by the colored races and he made necessary contributions to colored races. Dr.King's speech " I have a dream", this speech is the most meaningful speech for colored races and United Sates.
United States is a country of many races and there are many colored people. In that time, the discrimination is really serious and the black people are discriminated. People would get the unfair or different…
Why Voting Is Important
LBJ said, "I know that advancing this legislation, voting rights and civil rights, is going to lose my party the South for two decades." And he turned out to be right, but it was the right thing to do at that time. Without the push of Dr. Martin Luther King, President LBJ wouldn’t have had the courage or the indictment to change the course of history. We now have the right to vote. There has always been something bitter sweet about the life of the African American.
SELMA SPURS JOHNSON TO CALL FOR VOTING RIGHTS ACT
Lyndon Johnson assumed the presidency in November 1963 upon the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In the presidential race of 1964, Johnson was officially elected in a landslide victory and used this mandate to push for legislation he believed would improve the American way of life, such as stronger voting-rights laws.
In the wake of the brutal incident, Johnson called for comprehensive voting rights legislation. In a speech to a joint…
The Voting Rights Act
On 6 August 1965, the Voting Rights Act ended all the discriminatory literacy tests for voting. It also poll taxes as a way of assessing whether anyone was fit or unfit to vote. As far as Johnson was concerned, all you needed to vote was American citizenship and the registration of your name on an electoral list. No form of hindrance to this would be tolerated by the law courts.It also set up federal examiners to go to different states, schools, everywhere to check that no…
Week 4 Assignment
Week 4 Assignment
Since the attacks on September 11, 2001 occurred, our government introduced many new securities in an effort to keep America safe though the USA PATRIOT act, but has it gone too far? Extra security measures at airports makes sense considering planes were used to attack our country, but our government has taken things to a whole other level. They are now monitoring, what seems to be, every move, we the American people, make. From our communication…
Rights/Crime in the
By: Adrian Chochorek, Kassandra Hanson,
Joel Lopez, Karla Lopez, David Grinthal, Ali
Assigned by: Ms. Weller
This presentation focuses on crimes
prominent in the US and in the news,
such as drug use and human
trafficking.This presentation also
shows the struggles and debates
regarding certain human rights in
America, like Civil Rights and Gay
Rights. Lastly, it covers the
controversial punishment for crimes,
An Introduction to…