When I was a little girl, an older woman once told me she had to ask permission from her boss in order to vote.
I never forgot it. When I was old enough to go to the polls, I was always afraid that someone would tell me I couldn't vote.
That never happened. So, every year I made it to the polls. It really never occurred to me, until lately, that I needed to get concerned about casting my vote.
Unfortunately, some places have had to open polls on Sundays or remain open late in the day for all citizens to be able to cast their votes.
Since this happens in larger cities, black people — many of whom do not have cars — have begun to organize themselves in groups to go to the polls. Some go on Sundays after church or other times that are convenient with their other activities.
Since African-Americans seem to vote in blocs, this has created a matter of concern for other Americans who have chosen to pass rules and regulations to close the polls on certain days and at certain hours to prevent African-Americans from voting at alternate times.
Americans often say they want everyone to vote. In this case, they want everyone to vote on certain dates and at certain times. If these times and dates are not suitable for some folks, that is too bad.
Whatever tactics are employed, one thing is clear to some of us: African-Americans will ultimately vote. We can only wonder what gave these people the idea that they could stopus.
I hope to see the day when people will realize that doing the right thing by all groups of Americans is simply the right thing to do.
We will save time and energy by doing the right thing first. That way, we will avoid having to go to court or do any of the other millions of undesirable things we will encounter if we fail.
Years down the road, looking back at our history, we will undoubtedly be amazed at the number of years we have spent trying to keep people from fulfilling their own destinies.
Give a little, give a lot.
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