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Ala. Racist Language Measure Draws Unexpected Foes [View all]

Source: NPR

Ala. Racist Language Measure Draws Unexpected Foes
by Debbie Elliott
November 2, 2012

State-mandated segregation is a thing of the past in Alabama, but the state's antiquated 1901 constitution paints a different picture. On Tuesday, Alabama voters will decide whether to strip language from the state's governing document that calls for poll taxes and separate schools for "white and colored".

In 2004, voters rejected an amendment to purge those remnants of Jim Crow from the constitution by less than 2,000 votes.

'A Black Eye' For Alabama

"I think that was a black eye for the state," says Bryan Taylor, a Republican who chairs the Alabama Senate's constitution and elections committee. "Nationally, that was perceived as, 'There goes Alabama, voting down language to reverse its black mark in history.'"

Taylor says that perception hampers the state's drive to attract business, so lawmakers are again putting forth a constitutional amendment, Amendment 4, to delete the now obsolete segregation-era language.


Read more: http://www.npr.org/2012/11/02/164107184/ala-racist-language-measure-draws-unexpected-foes

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