A crowning achievement of the historic March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his “I have a dream” speech, was pushing through the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965. Recognizing the history of racist attempts to prevent Black people from voting, that federal law forced a number of southern states and districts to adhere to federal guidelines allowing citizens access to the polls.
Prof. Robert Reich, a natural teacher. Keep it up!
An addendum should be included in that the "War on Drugs" was deliberately designed to disenfranchise many members of the Black community. While some states reinstate voting rights after individuals have "served time," other states (like my own, Florida) do not.
As researchers have pointed out, there are approximately 6 million people affected by the Drug Wars' hidden benefit (to Republicans and/or Establishment candidates)... in the form of loss of voting rights. THIS should be altered.
Add in the gerrymandering, the ID laws, the long lines at voting/polling stations in communities more apt to vote Democrat (or hopefully, Progressive), and the voting machines that can be programmed by outside hackers... and the field is anything BUT level, fair, free, or Democratic!
What's the difference between declaring that someone is 3/5ths of a person and reducing the impact of their vote by gerrymandering?
Or declaring they're not a person at all by requiring ID you've made it nearly impossible to get?
The GOP believes in power, not Democracy.
Today's GOP: The founders believed only rich, white, male landowners should vote, and so do we!