Reading Time 1 min 0 sec By BWSTimes Staff 63-years ago today, nine Black students…
The case could have deep ramifications in the crucial electoral battleground given that Florida has an estimated 774,000 disenfranchised felons who are barred because of financial obligations. Many of those felons are African Americans and presumably Democrats, though it’s unclear how that group of Floridians overall would lean politically in an election and how many would vote.
By Nate Morris
It was raining that morning.
Not a heavy rain, not drenching rain; a nuisance rain. It was the type of rain that fell just enough to make that air feel that gray, damp kind of cold. The kind of cold that makes it seem like the day is better spent asleep. But this day was different. This damp cold air was not sullen, it was electric. I stood outside in this buzzing air, waiting with anticipation with my student standing next to me. Today, inside the red brick building before us, he would cast the first vote of his life.
“Imagine a relationship between a race of people who have endured slavery, terror, and decades of institutional racism, exemplified by Jim Crow laws, culminating in the current mass incarceration epidemic and a political party who takes their struggle and votes for granted.” – Khalil Hakim