Voters Can Remove Language From Constitution

Oct 15, 2012

Alabama voters on Nov. 6 will get another chance to remove racist sections of the Alabama Constitution. Amendment No. 4 on the ballot would remove language from the 1901 Alabama Constitution that includes providing for separate schools for black and white students and levying a poll tax. Supporters say this amendment is different from one narrowly rejected by voters in 2004. That one removed the same sections, but also removed language that says there is no right to a public education at taxpayer's expense. Some black lawmakers oppose the current effort because it doesn't guarantee the right to an education. Supporters say having the racist language in the constitution sends the wrong message to children and hurts the state's reputation around the country. Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.