A few words on the difficulty of voting while black.
As we mark what would have been his 89th birthday, it seems fitting to recall that Martin Luther King spoke to that difficulty in a 1957 speech whose words ring relevant 61 years later. "All types of conniving methods are still being used to prevent Negroes from becoming registered voters," lamented King.
As he saw it, neither political party was blameless. He castigated Democrats for capitulating to the rabid racists of their Southern wing -- the so-called "Dixiecrats" -- and blasted Republicans for caving in to "right-wing reactionary Northerners."
"Both political parties,"...