Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Historical Trauma

"[Jarvious] Cotton's great-great-grandfather could not vote as a slave. 
His great-grandfather was beaten to death by the Klu Klux Klan for attempting to vote. 
His grandfather was prevented from voting by Klan intimidation. 
His father is barred from voting by poll taxes and literacy tests. 
Today, Jarvious Cotton cannot vote because he, like many black men in the United States, has been labeled a felon and is currently on parole." 

In "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander

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