The Wrong Complexion to Get the Protection
Stolen. That’s how the year 2000 U.S. presidential election will go down in history to the minds of many Americans. Numerous problems with voting procedures became apparent in the days following the election. But what may be most disturbing is how people of color were literally stopped from reaching the polls. The events that occurred in Florida and in other states in many ways showed the true colors of the United States. This is a country still filled with racism despite the powerful civil rights movement. Are we returning to the dark days of black disenfranchisement?
Ron Daniels is a long time organizer and political activist. He worked on the 1984 and 1988 Jesse Jackson Rainbow Coalition Presidential Campaigns. In 1992, he was an independent candidate for President on the Campaign for a New Tomorrow Ticket. He is Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York.