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Regardless of threats from the Ku Klux Klan within the run-up to the July 17 major, Maceo Snipes took the daring step to turn into the primary African American to forged a vote in Taylor County. What occurred over the subsequent a number of days in Butler and two hours away in Monroe, Georgia, would seize headlines throughout the nation, particularly within the African-American press, and immediate a younger Morehouse School scholar, Martin Luther King Jr., to put in writing a letter of response to the editor of The Atlanta Structure.
The day after Snipes voted, 4 white males arrived in a pick-up truck outdoors of his grandfather’s farmhouse, the place Snipes and his mom Lula had been having dinner. The lads, rumored to be members of the native Klan chapter, known as for Snipes, who got here outdoors to satisfy them. Throughout their encounter outdoors the home, Edward Williamson, who typically glided by the identify of Edward Cooper, shot Snipes within the again. Williamson, like Snipes, was a World Struggle II veteran.
He wouldn’t be the final: Ultimately, 5 could be murdered, together with a girl who was seven months pregnant. All for voting. Over the previous couple of days I’ve learn loads of items about this—together with some pretty offensive ones implying Democrats and Republicans are participating in a “sport.” Voting just isn’t a sport. Women and men in Georgia have misplaced their lives for the precise to vote. They’ve marched. They’ve been shot. They’ve been hung from bridges. Seeing tweets that label it a “game” that both sides play prevents us from acknowledging the past.
Republicans are deciding they need to give attention to the “once more” portion of constructing America. That the significance is reliving the previous—even the insurance policies and inequalities. As an alternative of once more, Democratic efforts are specializing in making America nice for everybody. Now. Not yesterday. Not tomorrow. Now. We need to do all the things we are able to to make America nice as quickly as we are able to. We wish tomorrow to be higher than it’s immediately, and we wish immediately to be higher than yesterday. “Once more” isn’t an choice. These occasions have lengthy handed and they need to by no means return.
It’s too unhealthy so many are so scared of people that dwell in their very own district being able to vote.
EDIT: I eliminated a photograph of lynching within the entry, as to keep away from set off points. The story, nevertheless, could also be triggering.