6 years ago
“Black people, we didn’t get the right to vote in America until 1965,” says Rees. “That’s not long ago at all! Women got the right in 1920, we got the vote in ’65."
That history is incorrect. Black men received the right to vote with the 15th Amendment which was ratified in 1870. That was a full fifty years before white women received the right to vote in federal elections. Sure certain counties, primarily in the South, implemented poll taxes and literacy tests to prevent black people from voting, but plenty of black people in other areas did vote starting in 1870.
Given how misleading or just wrong the director is about the right to vote why should I trust his overall message about racism in America?