R.I.P., MARTIN AND MAHALIA
Governor Pat McCrory (R) just signed into law “legal” means for voter suppression in North Carolina. It was backlash from Barack Obama’s winning the state in the Presidential Election. In this clip we see how dangerous the route can be – a misery – to vote in North Carolina. U.S. Attorney-General Eric Holder is aware of the situation there. It is hoped he will swiftly sue the state in federal court.,, like he just did in Texas.
Man of the YearJan. 3, 1964Martin Luther King Jr. returned to the cover of TIME as the magazine’s 36th Man of the Year, for 1963. The article paints a startlingly raw and human portrait of King, revealing that he attempted suicide twice before he turned 13 and initially rejected religion because he was embarrassed by “the shouting and the stamping.” After reading Henry David Thoreau’s essay “Civil Disobedience” in college, King changed his mind and embraced ministry as the best strategy for social change. The article chronicles King’s triumphs, from the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott to the March on Washington.
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Missouri’s elected officials have denounced Saturday’s rodeo clown act as disrespectful.
Scott Holste, spokesman for Missouri’s Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, said Sunday in an email that Nixon “agrees that the performance was disrespectful and offensive, and does not reflect the values of Missourians or the State Fair.”
The state’s second highest-ranking official, Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, denounced the performance in a tweet Sunday, saying it was “disrespectful” to the president.
The event featured a man wearing an Obama mask with an upside down broomstick attached to his backside who was positioned on the arena’s dirt floor as if he were a dummy. Another clown drew cheers from the audience as he asked if they wanted to see “Obama run down by a bull.”
When Rosanell Eaton was 21 years old and living in segregated North Carolina, she became one of the first African Americans in her county registered to vote, after successfully completing a literacy test that required her to recite the preamble to the Constitution. But now, at 92 years old, she faces new obstacles under the voter suppression law signed by Gov. Pat McCrory (R) Monday. For one thing, she may not qualify for the voter ID card required under the new law, because the name on her birth certificate is different from the name on her driver’s license and voter registration card. Reconciling this difference will be a costly and time-consuming administrative endeavor. For another, she has participated in early voting since it was instituted in the state. Now, it’s been cut back a week.
She is one of several individuals who, along with civil rights groups, are already suing the state for what may be the most restrictive voting law in the nation. Other restrictive new provisions in the law include the elimination of same-day registration and early registration for high schoolers in advance of their 18th birthday, and prohibiting certain kinds of voter registration drives that tend to register low-income and minority voters.