Per rt.com The NAACP has recently filed a lawsuit claiming that Alabama’s election system is rigged to keep potential black judges from serving on the state’s criminal and civil appellate courts. Although whites are still the overwhelming majority population in the State of Alabama, black people make up a little over 25% of the population. A number that significant you would think has some positions in the upper levels of the court systems in Alabama to represent those groups of people. Unfortunately, that is not the case. As it turns out, white people make up approximately 100% of the entire state’s civil and criminal appellate courts. As a matter of fact, for the past 36 years, Alabama’s Supreme Court has only had three African-Americans on its bench. Is this 2016 or 1965? And it seems that other law firms are joining in on the fight.The federal suit was initiated by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in partnership with various other civil rights attorneys in the Alabama area.
The NAACP claims that because of Alabama’s history of racism towards black people there has been a continuous effort to ensure that Alabama’s appellate court Judges “Remain White” just as it was 50+ years ago prior to the Voting Rights Act being signed when Alabama Judges in the 50’s & 60’s was……all white. Now just to put things in perspective, the state Alabama is in the top 10 in the country as it relates to the most heavily populated black populations (By Percentage) so it’s not like we’re talking about the Court systems in states like Idaho or Maine which are (Quite Literally) the whitest states in America. The black community has a strong presence in the state of Alabama and it deserves to be rightfully represented in the highest forms of Government in the state so that their interests & concerns can be addressed and possibly met. The NAACP has a strong case giving the clear lack of representation in the Court systems & with Alabama making it more difficult for black residents to even vote by closing down 31 DMV’s in predominantly rural, low-income, black neighborhoods. It’s 2016 and America is still dealing with white people in power manipulating the system to their advantage so they can remain in positions of power over black people & other non-white groups. And the opposition is still being challenged by those few brave enough to speak out against the injustice. The more things change the more they stay the same.