constitutional amendments, federal and state laws, and Supreme Court cases, the full participation of every American citizen in elections is an idea that has never been reached. We the people of a united nation think to believe that everyone and anyone should be granted the same rights and equal representation, then why don’t the African American deserve justice like everyone else? During the 1700’s James Otis, a political activist said “no taxation without representation” and I agree. Why should one pay taxes to the government when they don't have the freedom to participate in their government. I believe that allowing African Americans to vote can help develop an understanding for the people and bring communities together on a common cause. John Rosenbergan attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, primarily investigated the voting rights and concluded that the voting rights gave a special protection to the African Americans. It bestowed a sense of assurance and certitude that they lacked in order to retain justice. From this chapter, I learned that the journey for African Americans to be granted voting rights was sustained. Hence why the first presidential election in American history in which
virtually all African Americans could vote was 1968 two centuries after other American citizens were allowed to vote. To this day African American’s votes matter and have a drastic effect on our nation. Since the 1960’s more than 8,000 black elected officials in the United States are elected from majority black places or majority-minority local, state, or federal legislative districts. This goes to show the increase in black voters cna bring a positive in our political government.
Chapter 10 In the chapter, Carol Swain, the author ofBlack Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congressargues that race does not matter when dealing with politcal issues in Congress. She conveys that white members of Congress could represent the interests of blacks in some cases, perhaps, better than blacks. She also argued that the race of
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