Posted 5 years ago on Nov. 2, 2012, 3:07 p.m. EST by bERNARDmARX
from New York, NY
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I know i could get in trouble here for saying this but...
"King now concentrated on achieving a federal voting-rights law. In March 1965 he organized a protest march from Selma to the state capitol building in Montgomery, Alabama. King was not with the marchers when they were attacked by state troopers with nightsticks and tear gas. He did lead the second march but upset some of his younger followers when he turned back at the Pettus Bridge when faced by a barricade of state troopers. After the attacks on King's supporters at Selma, Lyndon Baines Johnson attempted to persuade Congress to pass his Voting Rights Act. This legislation proposed to remove the right of states to impose restrictions on who could vote in elections. Johnson explained how: "Every American citizen must have an equal right to vote. Yet the harsh fact is that in many places in this country men and women are kept from voting simply because they are Negroes."
Although opposed by politicians from the Deep South, the Voting Rights Act was passed by large majorities in the House of Representatives (333 to 48) and the Senate (77 to 19). The legislation empowered the national government to register those whom the states refused to put on the voting list..."
In refusing to even speak about the current disenfranchisement of Black people OWS has given up the moral right to parade around under the banner of Martin Luther King.
Now, if this post lasts even an hour, watch the white power frineds of the hall monitors contingent punce....