Black People : Camille Cosby's Speech ( Your thoughts)

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  1. caramelpython

    caramelpython Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Below you will find a speech that Bill Cosby's wife gave at a function.
    Everyone please read this and pass it on to as many African Americans you
    come in contact with.

    Camille Cosby just made a reference about the Voting Rights Act in her most
    recent open letter on racism.This is extremely important.

    We are quickly approaching the 21st Century and we were wondering, and when
    I say 'we', I mean others of us out there who wonder if everyone else out
    there knows what the significance of the year 2007 is to Black America?

    Did you know that our right to VOTE will expire in the year
    2007? Seriously! The Voters Rights Act signed in 1965
    by Lyndon B. Johnson was just an ACT. It was not made a law.

    In 1982, Ronald Reagan amended the Voters Rights Act for another 25 years.
    Which means that in the year 2007 we could lose the Right to vote!

    Does anyone realize that African Americans are the only group of people
    who require PERMISSION under the United States Constitution to vote! In the
    year 2007, Congress will once again convene to decide whether or not Blacks
    should retain the rights

    to vote (crazy but true).

    In order for this to be passed, 38 states will have to approve an
    extension. This is ludicrous! Not only should the extension be

    approved, but also the ACT must be made a law. Our right to vote should no
    longer be up for discussion, rev! iew and/or evaluation.

    We must contact our Congress-persons, Senators, Alderpersons, etc., to put
    a stop to this! As bona fide Citizens of the United States, we cannot "drop
    the ball" on this one! We have come too far to let government make us take
    such a huge step backward. So please, let us push forward to continue to
    build the momentum towards gaining equality.

    Please pass this onto others, as we are sure that many more individuals are
    not aware of this. I urge all of you that are able, to contact those in
    government that have your vote and make them aware of our combined concern
    for this issue.

    One voice!...... One Vote! You cannot complain, if you do not
    participate.....local, State, & national.....

    When I received this one I had no choice but to pass it on.
    Ple! ase do the same.
     
  2. Changes_Changes

    Changes_Changes Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Great post, Brother Python.
     
  3. panafrica

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    Our right to vote was supposedly granted with the 15th amendment. Indeed many African Americans in the North States had voted for all of the 20th century. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was instrumental in enforcing the 15th amendment in the Southern States (where acts like Poll Taxes, the Grandfather clause, and Literacy Tests) kept blacks from voting. The South also used terror to keep African Americans from the polls, and the '65 Voting Rights Act help to bring an end to these events. I believe we should fight to keep this Act effective; however, under no circumstance does its expiration mean that we would lose our right to vote.
     
  4. Isaiah

    Isaiah Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Brother Python, Pan is correct when he states that the expiration of this ACT will not mean African Americans lose the right to vote - even in the areas which it was intended... Camile Cosby is also correct when she states that this ACT should long ago have become law, and it would've if we'd stayed on our jobs in the Congress...

    The bottom line is these folks would rather us have the vote than give Africans cause to get in the streets like we did in the 1960's, man... It'd be mad crazy to re-politicize us like that, particularly our youth... Now that I think about it, I hope they try that stuff(smile!) Whew, be a hot freakin' time in the old town(s)e'rynight(smile!) Gone now, do it! I dare ya! Triple-dare ya!(wink-wink!)

    Peace!
    Isaiah
     
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    NNQueen going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    :lol: @ Brother Isaiah....

    Yes it would be an interesting phenomenon if that was to happen in terms of revoking our right to vote. I bet you wouldn't be able to get on the streets there'd be so many Black folk out there raising h e l l and protesting at a fever pitch and with such voraciousness that it would be beyond anything known to modern man. Why I would suspect that even some who never did or even wanted to exercise their right to vote when they had it would be some of the loudest and most aggressive ones among the protesters!

    What do you think?

    Queenie :spin:
     
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    might as well revoke the right to vote.
    ain't no body using it any how.
     
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    NNQueen going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks Sister Des for the information/link because I was just about to post it myself. I don't think we have reason to be concerned because our right to vote is (supposedly) protected under the U.S. Constitution but what we should be ever so mindful of are the State laws that often try to undermine the rights of Blacks to participate fully in American society.

    Peace,
    Queenie :spinstar:
     
  9. deepy

    deepy going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    wow...i was reading down..screaming this is a hoax ..and then i read sista destee...
    I think it is very important when we receive these kinds of letters or speeches that we check out www.urbanlegends.com
    the camille cosby hoax is more than two years old now...which was when i first received it...there are several..if you get one about african-american stamps and the postoffice ignore that too.
     
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