Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Segregation Forever!

Welcome to the 19th Century, Alabama. You'd never have guessed, but some... no, a majority of Alabama folks are still fighting the Civil War.

There was a vote on a referendum to remove certain segregation-era language from the Alabama constitution. And surprise, surprise! It failed. Here are some doozies that will be staying on the books:

"Separate schools shall be provided for white and colored children, and no child of either race shall be permitted to attend a school of the other race."

"To avoid confusion and disorder and to promote effective and economical planning for education, the legislature may authorize the parents or guardians of minors, who desire that such minors shall attend schools provided for their own race."

Another shocker - guess who's been campaigning against the referendum. Our old friend, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. Good to see he's keeping busy...

While we're on the topic of Alabama, here's something from the article that I didn't know:

This year Moore's former aide, Tom Parker, was elected to the Alabama Supreme Court even after it became clear that he had been handing out Confederate flags while campaigning and had attended a function honoring the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.


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