Election 2000: The Real Winners: Black Voters

No matter how the Florida mess turns out, their clout can't be ignored

His grandiloquence the Rev. Jesse Jackson maintains that "I've never seen such a wholesale machinery of disenfranchisement at work" as what occurred in Florida on this Election Day. It was, he says, "a 10 on a scale of 10" in the degree of voting-rights abuses, worse than Selma, Ala. Though that is an exaggeration, since no one was murdered for the right to vote in Florida during last week's balloting, as they were in Selma, Jackson has a point. In Florida, black college students came to the polls with their registration cards but were turned away because their names were not...

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