Alabama Trying to Eliminate Racist Language From Its State Constitution

The document still has Language Stating Schools Should Be Segregated

Alabama is looking to purge racist sections of their constitution that are still standing to this day.

According to the Associated Press, the Alabama Constitution still has language stating that schools should be segregated by race and people are to pay poll taxes to vote.

While the racist provisions have long been invalidated by court rulings, they still remain in the governing document.

This week, the Committee on the Recompilation of the Constitution heard recommendations to strip the language on segregated schools, poll taxes and language that allowed a brutal convict lease system that sold African American men into forced labor.

“Our state constitution is reflective of who we are,” said Rep. Merika Coleman, who chairs the committee and started up the process. “Those racist provisions in that constitution, and those outdated provisions — we hope that’s not who we are. We definitely know we are not a 1901 Alabama and we need to reflect that in the document.”

The panel is expected to take a final vote in the coming weeks, putting the proposal before lawmakers in early 2022 and potentially state voters in November 2022.

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On Wednesday, the committee heard recommendations from Othni Lathram, the director of the Legislative Services Agency, to strike the racist language and laws from the Alabama Constitution. Committee members voiced no objections, the AP reports.

“What I’m reading today’s action as is that the committee is generally comfortable with the direction I proposed on racist language, would like to know how the entirety of the draft fits together,” said Lathram.

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