Today, the Washington Post has a front page story on the defeat of the referendum to remove discrimination from the Alabama constitution.
On that long-ago day of Alabama’s great shame, Gov. George C. Wallace (D) stood in a schoolhouse door and declared that his state’s constitution forbade black students to enroll at the University of Alabama.
He was correct.
If Wallace could be brought back to life today to reprise his 1963 moment of infamy outside Foster Auditorium, he would still be correct. Alabama voters made sure of that Nov. 2, refusing to approve a constitutional amendment to erase segregation-era wording requiring separate schools for “white and colored children” and to eliminate references to the poll taxes once imposed to disenfranchise blacks.
Where’s the outrage from the sanctimonious moralists on the right wing? There is none. In George Bush’s America, we can pit one group of Americans against another.