asks Justice Department to stop South Carolina Primary
South Carolina republican party is not above the Voting Rights
February 4, 2000
section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney
(D-4th) asked the U.S. Department of Justice to stop
any primary election that disenfranchises African American voters.
Today, in a letter to
Assistant Attorney General, Bill Lann Lee, McKinney disagreed with
the South Carolina Republican Party leaders who claimed that they
are exempt from the Voting Rights Act. "Their assertion to be exempt
from the law is ludicrous. We have always known that the neo-confederates
of the south are still fighting the civil war. Unfortunately, the
South Carolina republicans just shook their hands and joined their
effort to turn back the clock."
"George W. Bush and John
McCain need to distance themselves from this racist action of the
South Carolina republican party who actually seek to deny African
American's the right to vote." McKinney concluded.