ARE YOU PEOPLE? If you are not white, male and don’t own land you can’t vote. That is the way we began, with most people not being actual people, as in “Of the people, by the people, for the people.” Women and non-whites were not defined as people in that wonderous American phrase. It wasn’t till 1920 that most Americans would finally be considered people and allowed to vote -- but not the first Americans, not native Americans. For they to be people, it would take a few more years. Freedom and the liberty that comes with it, has been a slow, agonizing march for most of us, with barriers erected by the people, against those not yet people, all along the way. If you are not yet people, you will have to fight, as every group has had to. And if you are currently people, your fight will never end. There are plenty of people who do not want you to be people or will make it difficult for you to remain so. Take a look at some of the dozens of states now proposing legislation restricting your ability to be human.
Richard Kimball Vote Smart President 𝑉𝑖𝑒𝑤𝑠 𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑒𝑑 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑐𝑜𝑙𝑢𝑚𝑛 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑠𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑅𝑖𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑑 𝐾𝑖𝑚𝑏𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑑𝑜 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑛𝑒𝑐𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑎𝑟𝑖𝑙𝑦 𝑟𝑒𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑣𝑖𝑒𝑤𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑉𝑜𝑡𝑒 𝑆𝑚𝑎𝑟𝑡.