Republican Senate Candidate Roy Moore Fought To Keep Racist Language In Alabama State Constitution
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore reportedly worked to stop the removal of racist segregationist language from the Alabama state constitution in 2004.
According to Talking Points Memo, the state constitution stated: “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.”
Civil rights and business leaders hoped that removing the language, a symbolic change, would make Alabama more attractive to corporations and heal racial divides.
Moore, who was suspended twice from the bench when he was a judge, and the Christian Coalition claimed that removing racist language from the state constitution with an amendment would have adverse effects.
Moore told the Birmingham News in 2004: “This amendment is a wolf in sheep’s clothing and the people of Alabama should be aware of it.”
Moore also claimed the amendment would “open the door to an enormous tax increase.”
The amendment lost by about 2,000 votes, and every other attempt to remove the racist language has failed.
Moore recently won the Republican primary victory over Sen. Luther Strange, and is favored to win the general election over U.S. Attorney Doug Jones who prosecuted a Ku Klux Klan member responsible for the infamous 1963 Birmingham church bombing that killed four young black girls.