Last updated on: 8/11/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
Reasoning:

“With more than 5.8 million citizens unable to vote as a result of a felony conviction, amounting to one out of every 40 adults, the United States is the only democratic nation recognized for stripping so many citizens of their voting rights even after they are no longer incarcerated…

Seventy-five percent of the nation’s disenfranchised – an estimated 4.3 million people – are no longer incarcerated…

Felony disenfranchisement as we know it today is rooted in the nation’s hostile response to the abolishment of slavery and the constitutional amendments that were ratified shortly after. Moreover, the residual of ‘Black Codes’ can be seen today as race remains inextricable from criminalization resulting in the disproportionate incarceration of people of color and in particular, of black and brown men. As a result, there can be no reasonable justification for preserving felony disenfranchisement. Cleanse the nation of this vestige of Jim Crow by eliminating it altogether.”

“Silenced: Citizens Without a Vote,” naacp.org, Fall 2012

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Description:

“Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans.”

“Welcome to the NAACP,” www.naacp.org (accessed Aug. 8, 2014)

Mission:

“The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.”

“Our Mission,” www.naacp.org (accessed Aug. 8, 2014)

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