Just as many residents attended a ceremony celebrating the life of citizenship leader John Lewis last summer, one of her colleagues in the State Capitol said Nathan Bedford, the first Confederate general. I remember attending Forrest Forest’s birthday celebration. Ku Klux Klan Wizard.
“The story has become national news,” she said. “All the negative images that come from here are in the news.”
Coleman wants to change Alabama’s reputation as intolerant and racist. “Collectively, we are not the people who were celebrating KKK’s birthday,” she said. “It’s not who we are.”
She is also worried about the impact of the current constitution on school children.
“Based on what we are talking about the Constitution specifically, your image is not worth you to vote, not enough to marry a loved one, you What does it say about who you are if is not worth the best education possible? “She asked. “And what about the superiority complex it creates for people without color?”
If this project is successful, the state will also be able to streamline the entire document (the country’s longest state constitution), making it easier to navigate and understand, and removing other types of old provisions.
Rep. Coleman, who sponsored a constitutional amendment to initiate a re-draft and is now chairing a committee that considers changes to the constitution, is now disproportionately affecting black residents to remove racist language. We see it as the gateway to a conversation about our policies. She points out a passage about “involuntary slavery,” which is illegal except for those convicted of crime. According to her, this practice has disproportionately affected African-Americans who have struggled on prison farms for decades and have been sentenced to perform other forms of prison work.
“We’re having real-world trading conversations that people may not have had those conversations before. It’s a conversation we should have had long ago,” Coleman said. I did.