King's dream unrealized

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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.

Hephzibah

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Pops
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Pops 09/02/13 - 05:48 am
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Let me get this straight

You and the President have lost your right to vote? Is that the jist of your letter?

I don't think so.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/02/13 - 08:17 am
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Shelby vs Holder struck down

Shelby vs Holder struck down the antiquated law because the data used was over 40 years old and because those old practices are no longer practiced. The whole idea wasn't for 4b to be long term in the first place-initially five years then Congress extended and extended, but it is basically a part of the law that is out of date now. Everyone's right to vote is still intact although the lying Prez and Dems want to appeal to their ignorant bases. Which it is apparently working.

carcraft
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carcraft 09/02/13 - 08:41 am
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Gee my right to own guns is

Gee my right to own guns is infringed on with back ground checks, bureaucratic government regulation etch. Now the RIGHT to own guns is covered in constitution, the "right " to vote isn't.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/02/13 - 08:43 am
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Racism

King's dream WILL NEVER be complete as long as racism exists!!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/02/13 - 08:47 am
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Course white voters raised

Course white voters raised cane (Miller vs Johnson) about Zell Miller and Dems attempt to redistrict all black from Atlanta to the ocean to assure all Dems african-americans would win their choice. The formula for determining which districts require pre clearance is there some form of test or device to be able to vote, and is less than half of all citizens are registered to vote. The Southern states have high registration or similar to other states for african-american voters. Some argue that it is because of the preclearance the rates are so high, but my bet that now the law has changed it will have no impact on voter registration or voting. States and counties can also bail out of the preclearance process so likely it will diminish anyways. Sandy Springs, Ga has bailed out of it.

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Truth Matters 09/02/13 - 09:02 am
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Voting

This country was founded in part on the grievance of taxation without representation. To say that voting is not a right guaranteed by the constitution comes dangerously close to a place any lover of democracy would not want to go. You make the case for a stronger Voting Rights Act.

If those states under the pre-clearance provision could truly have been trusted to do what is fair for ALL their citizens, we would not have seen them rush to make sweeping changes the moment the Court rendered it's decision. Besides, they had the ability to opt out by behaving themselves.

But hey, the GOP has given us the template for a response when the Court upholds a law you don't like.

carcraft
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carcraft 09/02/13 - 09:12 am
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Gee, not only do Obama voters

Gee, not only do Obama voters vote freely but some of them even manage to vote several times!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/02/13 - 09:28 am
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Act

I tried, but I still don't get Mr. Diggs’ point when he asserts:

In the most powerful country on Earth, our president still must vote under an act.

But, like Diggs, I was a bit surprised that the organizers of the 50th anniversary celebration did not invite any Republicans to speak from the podium. You would think they would like to be seen as more inclusive, more celebratory of diversity than that. They could have at least let Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell give a speech.

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seenitB4 09/02/13 - 09:38 am
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LL they were invited

The Bushes were invited but for health reasons & recemt hospital stays they did not come.

We have beaten this bush for 50 years ....enough....when we have a BLACK President & a BLACK AttGen.......me thinks you ave arrived to the big house!!!

BUT...what will be enough to some...having a 100% black congress??

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Bizkit 09/02/13 - 09:39 am
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Yeah especially since Rep

Yeah especially since Rep overwhelmingly supported the law over Dems when it was in acted.

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allhans 09/02/13 - 07:56 pm
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Bill O'Reilly was correct

Bill O'Reilly was correct when he said blacks will not listen to the white man, that more black leaders have to take the lead when it comes to ending the deadly culture in some communities.

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Too many listen to the race baiters who only care about retaining their high living - and their power..

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chascushman 09/02/13 - 09:40 am
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"King's dream WILL NEVER be
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"King's dream WILL NEVER be complete as long as racism exists!!"
Bledsoe, then you need to talk to the liberals, democrats and black leaders that are spreading racial hatred.

chascushman
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chascushman 09/02/13 - 09:45 am
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Mr. Diggs, thanks for your
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Mr. Diggs, thanks for your service to this once great country. But when I read your column I could not help but think of a quote from Herman Cain, “African Americans have been brainwashed into not being open minded, not even considering a conservative point of view.
I have received some of that same vitriol simply because I am running for the Republican nomination as a conservative. So it’s just brainwashing and people not being open minded, pure and simple.”

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chascushman 09/02/13 - 09:57 am
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"President Obama delivered a
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"President Obama delivered a great speech, but as I watched I saw a black president who does not have the absolute freedom to vote."
The democrats are afraid that photo voter ID will limit them to voting only 1 time, man that is not fair.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/02/13 - 10:09 am
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The voting act is still in

The voting act is still in place and if the old south states that it applied do break the law they will be held accountable. The court recognized discrimination has waned and the courts will still have oversight to prevent voter discrimination if it does occur. I think this aspect of the law is antiquated and discriminatory for these few states and counties that it applied from past historical discrimination. Now so many blacks are either candidates are involved in the voting process in the South this law is antiquated, but I do agree we need to prevent attempts from Dems and Rep to redistribute voters by districts for voter advantage. But the courts will still prevent this is my understanding. An analogy could be getting rid of sodomy laws that discriminated against homosexuals because now it is discriminatory towards these old states that were part of the confederacy.

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Pops 09/02/13 - 10:59 am
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Never figured out why the

Voting Rights Act had never been applied to other states. Look at some of the fraud taking place in Chicago for example.

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Darby 09/02/13 - 11:01 am
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Bush the elder is too frail to attend, Bush the

younger was recovering from surgery, and Clarence Thomas wasn't invited.

As a matter of fact, the entire event was staged to be a Democrat charade of sorts. The only sitting black senator, a Republican was also not invited.

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itsanotherday1 09/02/13 - 11:10 am
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King's dream WILL NEVER be

King's dream WILL NEVER be complete as long as blind ignorance by a substantial portion of the population exists!!

Darby
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Darby 09/02/13 - 11:25 am
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"King's dream WILL NEVER be complete

as long as racism exists!!"

King's Dream has become a Nightmare simply because of the liberal determination to interject racism into every facet of American life today in order to facilitate political progress.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/02/13 - 11:38 am
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King's dream realized. "I

King's dream realized. "I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia sons of former slaves and former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at table of brotherhood." The Augusta commission is an example-perhaps a poor one. "I have a dream that one day in AJabama., with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the wards of interposition and nullification that one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers." Yep that's covered too. Hand in hand and often married couples too.

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t3bledsoe 09/02/13 - 12:18 pm
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Darby @ 11:25

"as long as racism exists!!"

King's Dream has become a Nightmare simply because of the liberal determination to interject racism into every facet of American life today in order to facilitate political progress"

Which race practiced racism first??

chascushman
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chascushman 09/02/13 - 12:51 pm
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"Which race practiced racism
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"Which race practiced racism first??"
Bledsoe, that is pretty hard to say since racism has been around forever.

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KSL 09/02/13 - 12:55 pm
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The blacks who sold blacks

The blacks who sold blacks into slavery.

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dichotomy 09/02/13 - 01:03 pm
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t3....."King's dream WILL

t3....."King's dream WILL NEVER be complete"

That's okay t3......they weren't using all of King's dream anyway. They've already gotten the parts that they wanted.

Darby
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Darby 09/02/13 - 02:20 pm
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bledsoe - Please think your questions out

before you put them into print.

I don't know who was the first racist on earth and neither do you. That all started before the advent of recorded history, before the first written language. You might as well ask the question, which came first, the chicken or the egg. You'd be more likely to get a certifiable answer.

On the other hand, I can tell you who practiced slavery first. White explorers found it in abundance in Africa, liked it and exported it to the Western world.

Well before that, the Egyptians had enslaved the Jewish people. That might be considered racism to some, I guess.

I can also tell you that while slavery has been pretty much eradicated in the West, it still flourishes in many parts of the African continent.

I can also assure you that Democrats/progressives will never let go of the racial wedge issue as long as it proves politically profitable to them.

Any questions??????

chascushman
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chascushman 09/02/13 - 02:15 pm
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"King's dream WILL NEVER be
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"King's dream WILL NEVER be complete"
Bledsoe, Kings dream was blacks being able to achieve the America Dream. The progressives, Democrats and black leaders are all about handouts and keeping blacks in gov't slavery.

chascushman
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chascushman 09/02/13 - 02:16 pm
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Well said Darby!!
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Well said Darby!!

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carcraft 09/02/13 - 03:14 pm
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T3bledsoe, Look up the Ainu

T3bledsoe, Look up the Ainu in Japan, they are an indigenous people that are discriminated against. Mixed race people are discriminated against in Korea. Discrimination is so universal that I think it must be part of the sin that krept in from the fall of man!

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t3bledsoe 09/02/13 - 03:15 pm
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Fighting a war of two kinds

"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"

People want to believe that there is rampent racism amoung African-Americans, BUT when people came back from war there was the war of Caucasian racism to battle against!!

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t3bledsoe 09/02/13 - 03:22 pm
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More voters

Do conservatives REALLY believe liberals promote racsim toward conservatives in order to gain a large voter base?

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