Front Street

Friday, March 17, 2006


By Gigi

As a political enthusiast, and since we’re fast approaching the 21st Century, I’m wondering if anyone knows what the significance of the year 2007 mean to Black People in America? You don’t? Well let me enlighten you; our right to VOTE will expire in the year 2007. The Voters Rights Act signed by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965, was just that, an ACT. It was never made into law. Then, in 1982, President Ronald Reagan amended the Voters Right Act for 25 years…which means, that in the year 2007, we could lose the right to vote. We are the only group of people (as a race) who require PERMISSION under the United States Constitution to vote! That’s right, you heard me!!!

In 2007 next year, Congress will once again convene to decide whether or not Blacks should retain the right to vote. In order for this to be passed, 38 States (I believe most are Southern States and/or within the bible-belt proper) will have to approve an extension. My opinion—not only should the extension be approved, but also the ACT must be made into LAW. Our right to vote should no longer be up for discussion, review or evaluation! Everyone should contact their Congressional District Representative, Senator or whomever, to put a screeching halt to this nonsense! We cannot afford to drop the ball on this one; we’ve come too far as a race AND we’ve been through enough already.