Monday, March 6, 2017
Privileged White GOP Block Minimum Wage Hike For Alabama Blacks
TYT's Jordan Chariton (twitter.com/JordanChariton) and Eric Byler (twitter.com/EricByler) report live from Selma, Alabama as voting rights and civil rights advocates commemorate the 52nd anniversary of the most infamous act of police brutality in American history.
On Sunday March 5, 2017, thousands will reenact the courageous bridge crossing, led by Civil Rights legend Congressman John Lewis. On March 7, 1965, the Alabama government had ordered law enforcement and deputized white civilians to prevent African Americans and their allies from marching from Selma to Montgomery to demand the right to vote. News footage of the resulting acts of political violence shocked the nation and led to the passage of be 1965 Voting Rights Act five months later. The VRA protected the right to vote for minorities in America until the Shelby v. Holder Supreme Court decision of 2013, the most decisive blow in the conservative backlash against voting rights until the swearing in of Selma-born arch-conservative Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General three weeks ago.