Watching the recent 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and the president’s speech, I found myself in tears because I was watching what the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had envisioned way back 50 years ago. The reason for my tears was being a U.S. Army retiree who fought in Korea and Vietnam. I began to realize we have not yet achieved what Dr. King had hoped for.
President Obama delivered a great speech, but as I watched I saw a black president who does not have the absolute freedom to vote. He, like all black people, must continue to vote under the Civil Rights Act, which President. Lyndon Johnson signed into law during his administration way back in 1963.
Recently the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, with the help of – who else – Justice Clarence Thomas, President Bush’s man. By the way, where were the Bushes at the march this year? Maybe they forgot. I didn’t see Justice Thomas either. Maybe he forgot.
In the most powerful country on Earth, our president still must vote under an act.
“God bless America” is my prayer!
Joseph Diggs Sr.