Fifty years later, Alabama to vote on segregationist amendments in its constitution.

Down in Alabama one of the issues that’ll be on the ballot come election day is a proposed amendment to the state constitution to nullify previous “Jim Crow” amendments that remain on the books some fifty years after the U.S. Supreme Court decision that made such laws unenforceable. Gov. Bob Riley is encouraging voters to pass the amendment because he’s concerned about the sort of image having such laws still on the books gives his state. You’d think most reasonable people would think this is a good idea, but then former Chief Justice Roy “I-can-put-my-Ten-Commandments-Wherever-The-Fuck-I-Want-To” Moore isn’t close to being a reasonable person. He’s opposed to the amendment on the claim that it’s really an attempt to raise taxes.

“This is the most deceptive piece of legislation I have ever seen and it is simply a fraud on the people of Alabama,” said Moore, best known for his refusal to remove his Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building.

Bobby Segall, a Montgomery attorney who handles many education court cases, said the state’s image is on the line on Election Day. In the past, industrial recruiters for some states have used old laws from competing states to portray the competition negatively.

“It makes the state look horrible if it doesn’t pass,” he said.

It’s a little late to be worrying about that now, don’t you think? Seriously, the continued existence of the Jim Crow amendments in the state’s constitution can’t be any more damaging than the laughing stock Roy Moore made of the state with his divinely inspired temper tantrum. And that’s not even going into the school administrators down there who proposed removing Evolution from the classroom. It’s gonna be a few generations before Alabama is likely to be seen as a big bowl of progressive thinking.

4 thoughts on “Fifty years later, Alabama to vote on segregationist amendments in its constitution.

  1. Oh, I think it might take a lot longer than a couple of generations to bring Alabama into the 1970’s.  According to the AP article:

    “Some people still support segregation. They won’t say it in public, but they will say it in the voting place,” he said.  Four years ago, Alabama repealed a ban on interracial marriage, but 40 percent of the state voted in favor of the ban.

    Hmm, I wonder how they feel about the Defense of Marriage Act?

  2. Well, it’s Wednesday, November 3, and it looks like this amendment has been defeated.  It was quite close and will probably be recounted, but right now it looks like Alabama voters have successfully defended school segregation.  Oh, how proud I am today…

    I don’t know whether it lost because people bought into the “backdoor tax increase” propaganda, because they will vote for anything Roy Moore supports, because they genuinely think it’s a good idea to leave openly racist language in the state constitution, or some combination of all three.  More to the point, I’m not sure which of those possibilities scares me the most.

  3. I can see the headlines now:  President Bush sends National Guard back to Alabama to segregate schools, fundamentalists declare victory in South. [/sarcasm]

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