Texas GOP stops renewal of Voting Rights Act
Thursday, June 22, 2006
(SNN Washington) In what was expected to be a no-brainer, the House abruptly dropped plans to renew the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The renewal was blocked by Texas and other Republicans complained during the weekly House GOP meeting.
Texan Republicans oppose rules that require Texas and eight other states to get federal permission to change their voting procedures. Also in Texas, where the majority of the population is Latino and the state legislature is composed almost entirely of white Republicans, some believe that you should have to read, speak and write English. "I simply believe you should be able to read, write and speak English to be a voter in the United States," said Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock.
Texans do not mean to discriminate. "It would be dumb to discriminate," said Rep. Henry Bonilla, R-San Antonio. "That is the last thing anyone is trying to do." They merely want anyone with a brown face to have to take special tests to prove that they can read and write English. If they can read and comprehend a few dozen pages of James Joyce's Ulysses, they will be able to register to vote.
Take this simple paragraph for instance:
While everyone agrees that Texas GOP is straightforward in it's political dealings and would never try to discriminate against minorities, some say that the Supreme Court should first decided if Texas broke the law in 2003 when they redistricted the state to discriminate against minorities.
Please join with us on September 7th to push for a Constitutional admendment to return Texas to Mexico (a Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Sourthern California, and Arkansas too).
'Nu ku ler' are expecting brown faced people to understand that? Boy, talk about a double standard . . .