Ala. Seeks to Change Constitution's Racist Wording
After two failed attempts to remove racist language concerning education from Alabama's 1901 constitution, Gov. Robert Bentley says he's more determined than ever to try again to delete vestiges of segregation from the document.
Amendment 4, defeated last week, would have removed language requiring poll taxes and separate black and white schools, but black legislators and the Alabama Education Association opposed it. They argued that removing the language would preserve a 1956 amendment stating that Alabama children did not have a right to a public education.
Gov. Bentley, a Republican, said he would prefer an amendment that only addresses the racist language. He said he is concerned that deleting the 1956 amendment about the right to an education would cause Alabama residents to worry that lawmakers would hike taxes to pay for schooling. But he said he believes removing the racist language would help the state's...
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