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My Take - Segregation in Alabama’s Constitution

A few days ago, WAFF48 News aired a report on segregationist language in Alabama's state constitution. Section 256 states that "separate schools shall be provided for white and colored children and no child of either race shall be permitted to attend a school of the other race." Like me, many of you were shocked to learn that state law mandates school segregation even though it is overruled by federal law. After our report aired, Alabama State Senator Arthur Dorr of Decatur announced he would introduce legislation to remove this and other racist language from the 110 year old document. If it passes the state legislature, it will have to be approved by the voters. It won't be the first time the people have been asked to make this important change. A similar measure went before voters in 2004 and was rejected by just over 1,800 votes. This time, I hope everyone will rally around this measure, vote to remove this racist language and change the way our state is perceived in other parts of the country. I'm Vanessa Oubre and that's my take. What's yours?

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