Black Out in the Black Belt

Number 27641
Subject Civil Rights
Source Alabama Media Group
State
Year 2015
Publication Date Sept. 30-Oct. 16 2015
Summary The eyes of the world again turned to some Alabama's most neglected residents when Gov. Bentley announced in September the closures of driver's license offices. Our staff jumped into immediate action in uncovering the pattern of race and poverty in these actions, sounding an alarm picked up around the civilized world. "It's not just a civil rights violation," wrote investigative columnist John Archibald. "It is not just a public relations nightmare. It is not just an invitation for worldwide scorn and an alarm bell to the Justice Department. It is an affront to the very notion of justice in a nation where one man one vote is as precious as oxygen."
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Keywords voter; id; race; poverty; suppression; justice
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