Why does race play such a discursive role when it comes to the “right to vote”? Lawmakers are continuing to propose changes to voting rights policies that directly impact African Americans and the emerging Latino electorate. Ranging from issues like voter identification laws, accusations of voter fraud, and voting rights for convicted felons, this single-volume provides an in-depth analysis regarding the various racial dimensions embedded in cases of public policy.
By highlighting the origination and evolution of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Voting Rights under Fire: The Continuing Struggle for People of Color demonstrates the still-prevalent issues around voting and people of color. This work will provide readers an accessible, interdisciplinary book that interconnects past and present issues involving political debates, public policy, and court decisions pertaining to race and voting rights in America.
- Highlights the racial dimensions tied to the historical development of voting rights in the United States
- Illustrates how contemporary voting rights developments are connected to the goal of minimizing or suppressing the African American and Latino vote
- Presents the way voting rights laws continue to retrogress at the hands of lawmakers
- Demonstrates the increasing salience that race plays within public policy, especially pertaining to political power