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.
Voting Rights and Participation
Professor Neil Kraus
Voting Rights and Participation
The right to vote in the United States was a huge movement when it came to Women and African Americans. By the year 1965, progress with the movement had been made, but in the south it was a different story altogether. Marches went on as far south as Alabama, which did get the attention of the federal government. With the passing of this Act (Voting…
different from other men. (Lyndon B. Johnson)". Voting is very important becuase our fathers died to defend our right to vote and if you want something to change, the only way to do that is by voting. The right to vote have been a major issue in the united state. When the united state Constition was written, they left the states to decied who should vote and who should not. Since the funding of our country, working men had to fight and win the right to vote. White people wouldnt allow African american…
holding of public
A group of persons, joined together on the basis of certain common principles, who seek to control the government in order to bring about the adoption of certain principles
Major parties: the dominant political parties in the United States.
The republican and democrats are not usually issue-oriented but rather election-orientated
Each party is a coalition: a union of many persons of diverse interests who have come together to get their candidates elected to public office.
CHAPTER 5: CIVIL RIGHTS AND PUBLIC POLICY
Multiple Choice Questions
1. In which amendment does the phrase “equal protection of the laws” appear?
2. What are the three levels of scrutiny used by the Supreme Court to discover whether discrimination is permissible?
a. Reasonableness, inherently suspect, and the intermediate standard
b. Reasonableness, inherently suspect, and grossly discriminatory
Convicted Felon Voting Rights
In the United States of America, the right to vote is given to all American citizens. When a citizen of the United States turns eighteen, he or she gains the right to vote in state and federal matters. These matters range from voting for the mayor of ones city or town to voting for the next President of the United States. Although the right to vote is a privilege granted to all citizens, what happens if one of these citizens is convicted of a state or federal crime…
Representatives and the Senate, which together form the United States Congress. The Constitution grants Congress the sole authority to enact legislation and declare war, the right to confirm or reject many Presidential appointments, and substantial investigative powers.
John Roberts Activist Card
In its sweeping disregard of history, precedent and constitutional text, the chief justice’s 5-to-4 opinion in the voting rights case was startling for its naked activism
rampant institution. People in the US want to forget about racism. They don’t won’t to talk about it, bring it up, deal with it, nor think about it. They want to tell themselves that racism was something that happened in the distant past. Racism is an act of discrimination, disenfranchisement, and segregation.
Discrimination is the prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things. Especially on the ground of race, age, or sex. Race discrimination involves treating someone unfavorable…
Although the United States is a diverse society, it is united under a common political culture, or common set of beliefs and attitudes about government and politics. This political culture translates into a consensus of basic concepts that support democracy. Democracy is not guaranteed; therefore the American people must continue to practice these concepts. ♦ majority rule/minority rights: Although democracy is based upon majority rule, minority rights must be guaranteed.
receives rights not offered in other forms of government. Rights given to citizens can be exercised in steps. When participating in a democracy, you have to the right to voice opinions and become a catalyst for any necessary change in the country. Citizenry is in fact the active participation of the people, as citizens, in politics and civic life.
The first step to exercising citizenship in a democracy is becoming educated. Education is the key to making informed decisions when voting, protesting…
Equal Rights in the United States
October 1st 2014
Jim Crow laws:
The Jim Crow laws where put in place between 1876 and 1965 to add on to the already harsh segregation laws. These laws where used to segregate public schools, bathrooms, jobs, and even living districts. The government passed this set of laws because they believed that the black community’s values were lesser than the white. One reason why these laws were passed was because they were under the assumption of being…