Fifty Years After Bloody Sunday, Voting Rights Are Under Attack

by Rachel Baker on March 5, 2015

In the last four years, 395 new voting restriction laws have been introduced in all but one state in our country. From 2000 to 2013, there were 148 Section 5 objects in 29 States.

We are fifty years from Selma, and we still can’t get it together, and in fact, it looks as if we are going backwards.

Here’s the Article: Fifty Years After Bloody Sunday, Voting Rights Are Under Attack

Tens of thousands of people – including President Obama – will travel to Selma this weekend to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” the infamous march that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

The progress since then has been remarkable. Because of the VRA, the number of black, Hispanic and Asian officeholders has skyrocketed from under 1,000 in 1965 to over 17,000 today. “African-Americans went from holding fewer than 1,000 elected offices nationwide to over 10,000,” according to a new report from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, “Latinos from a small number of offices to over 6,000, and Asian Americans from under a hundred documented cases to almost 1,000.” In Alabama, the birthplace of the VRA, the number of black elected officials has increased from 86 in 1970 to 757 today.

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