What is Togetherness? According to Websters it is a warm fellowship, as among members of a family. This is something that is essential in any family. As members of a family we grow together as things go well and hurt together when members are hurt. Regardless of where you stand on issues, we are in it together. So why not take the opportunity to support on another. Supporting does not mean agreeing on everything or doing things the same way, but when we have an opportunity to support each other let’s do that.
As we close in on the midterm elections some states are still playing the same games they did hundreds of years ago to take away the right to vote from blacks.
In reality the voting rights act of 1965, would not have been necessary if all parties simply played by the rules or accepted the laws. During Reconstruction Black political power expanded dramatically. More than 1,500 African American men held public office in the South. Sixteen African Americans served in Congress during Reconstruction, and at least 600 served in state legislatures, with hundreds more in local offices. This expansion of power by the African Americans was unacceptable. White men were unwilling to share or loose power to black men. As a result of slavery the south was predominantly black, and whites were afraid. I’m sure you know the history as the federal government withdrew troops during the reconstruction area, which lasted from 1865-1877, southern states instituted Jim Crow Laws to regain power. Blacks were no longer slaved, but were powerless.
Fast forward to 2018.
Today we have not come close to 1500 African Americans serving in public office, yet we are supposed to live in an era where racism does not exist. Is it gone, or maybe the fight is just different. We have gone from hand to hand combat to guerrilla racism.
In the state of Georgia Stacy Abrams, a black female democrat, is running against Brian Kemp, a white male republican. Brain Kemp is the current secretary of state is is responsible for enforcing the state’s voter laws. This seems like a conflict of interest. We are seeing cases that make most people scratch their head. As an example if you use an absentee vote, your vote can be trashed if your signature appears not to match the card. Although, this sound reasonable, but the the individuals making the decision are not handwriting experts. And as expected black votes are the one being thrown in the trash, more frequently. If that is not enough, there is the exact match policy. This policy puts a potential voters registration on hold if the information does not precisely mirror the information contained in the state’s Department of Driver Services database or the Social Security Administration. The reasons can sometimes be outrageously minor, such as a dropped hyphen. An Associated Press analysis found that African Americans make up 70 percent of would-be Georgia voters whose registrations are on hold. If If were to guess, they will be on hold until after the election.
Every time we learn the rules of the game, they change rules. It is very clear that, without the ability to vote and not be a part of the political process we have no power.
Let’s stop saying that we’ll never stick together, and work together to stop these useless games. We need to be in a position that these laws don’t get passed. We should not be in a situation where we are fighting to get something back, that should have never been stolen in the first place.
Let’s be togetherblack