The 12th annual King Day at the Dome Rally was held at the State House Monday. The rally to celebrate the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King is sponsored by the South Carolina Conference of the NAACP. In his remarks, NAACP national President and CEO Benjamin Jealous says the rights that King fought and died for are threatened today including the right to vote.
The Justice Department has stepped in to block South Carolina’s law, saying it could keep some voters away. Overall, voters in nine states are subject to these laws, which sponsors say will help prevent voter fraud. Critics say the laws place an unfair burden on young, low-income, and minority voters.
Jealous says while battling for equality and the civil rights of all individuals one is bound to get tired. He says he is tired of seeing some nay of his neighbors with foreclosure signs in there yards, tired of seeing so many of his neighbors in job lines, tired of seeing so many black males undereducated and over incarcerated. Jealous says he is especially tired of seeing a certain banner flying on the State House grounds every time he visits Columbia.
Since 1999, The NAACP’ has been conducting a tourism boycott of South Carolina until the state stops flying the Confederate flag on the State House grounds. Jealous asked Governor Haley to do some soul searching, and not continue to ignore the Confederate flag issue.
AUDIO: Jealous rails against voter ID bill and the Confederate flag