Voting Discrimination Of African Americans

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Before the founding of our nation, we were all considered human, all an individual, all connected, until affluence classified us, politics separated us, and the color of our skin spoke for us. This issue of racism, our skin color “speaking for us”, created political problems—one of them embodying voting discrimination among African Americans. To respond to voting discrimination, African Americans utilized demonstrations to rebel. In the Selma to Montgomery March of 1965, over 500 African Americans marched to demand voting rights. In response, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 granting minorities the right to vote. By 1972, in the election of Atlanta, Barbara Jordan and Andrew Young were the first African Americans elected to Congress. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan signed a 25-year extension of the Voting Rights Act, resulting in the number of African American officials to grow. This improvement shone as a flare of light to African Americans struck by the thundering clouds of oppression. It arrived as a symbol of hope, in leu of the spilt blood and splintered bone through endurance of billy clubs, chastening rods, the KKK, and the scorching desert of violence and inequality in which African American residence occurred. I speak for those who fought against voting discrimination, only to face it today in the form of gerrymandering and severe voting identification laws. To fix this issue, The United States government must implement the
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