Don’t edit the Voting Rights Act - remember Bloody Sunday
On March 7th, 1965, state troopers attacked and beat 525 peaceful protesters marching for voter registration in Selma, Alabama. The horrific display of police brutality known as ‘Bloody Sunday’ spurred the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which ensured and protected the right to vote for millions of minorities in America. To remove any part of the Act, to take away any of the rights included in it, would be disrespectful to those who lost their lives fighting for it.
This brutality is part of American history that it doesn’t serve to gloss over. I thought for a while about whether or not to reblog this but the truth is, the pictures are stark and horrible and a powerful indictment of the status quo at the time. They deserve to be seen. In the not so distant past people were brutalized for the rights that are being eroded now.