Tuesday, December 7, 2010

15th Amendment Video

"Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."
- 15th Amendment of the United States Constitution
The 15th amendment was the last of the Reconstruction amendments, it was designed to close the last loophole in the establishment of civil rights for newly-freed black slaves. This loophole was the right to vote. The 15th amendment ensured that a person's race, color, or prior history as a slave could not be used to bar that person from voting. Even though it was a binding and legal affirmation, it had little practical effect for quite some time, as the Southern states found myriad ways to intimidate blacks to keep them from voting such as black codes and Jim Crow Laws. This is another amendment I find important because of my race and who I am. 
I decided to choose a video that dealt with voting because I find it to be a VERY IMPORTANT aspect of being a citizen of the United States and really any society/civilization that uses voting procedures. It is vital to get your opinion heard, and I believe everyone is subject to what they believe in; everyone should be given a chance to make it known what they want. Voting allows us to do that, in the sense of choosing our leaders and how we want America to be. This video is very humorous and entertaining while still clearly explaining and defining voting. I really enjoyed this video and hopefully you will as well. It even has Chris Mintz-Plasse, more commonly known as McLovin' from Superbad.

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