I don’t know….maybe it’s because I’m a woman, born in this place where women weren’t allowed to vote for more than one hundred years after the founding of the country
….maybe it’s because of the way my recent visit to the Women’s Rights National Historical Park impacted me
….maybe it’s because of a recent comment on my Facebook page suggesting that Representative Lewis of Georgia and Michelle Obama are plagued by “African American hostility” and an inability to let go of the past
….maybe it’s because I know the attitude of that comment is shared by many people across the country who perhaps don’t realize that the person who planned the murders of those young men in Mississippi was only, finally, brought to justice in 2005
….maybe it’s because this week’s ruling came just a few days after we observed the 49th anniversary of the murders of those three young men, who were just trying to make sure that no citizen is denied the opportunity to vote
….maybe it’s because we’re preparing to celebrate July 4th, and the foundational truth that we all aspire to reflect which is that “all men [and women] are created equal”
….maybe it’s all of these and more
What I do know is that when the ruling came down earlier this week that a key provision of the Voting Rights Act was being struck down by the Supreme Court, it broke my heart. I hope that we have the maturity and wisdom as a people and a country to commit ourselves to ensuring that no citizen’s right to vote is denied or impeded. I’m not optimistic that we’re prepared to live up to this, but the alternative is too sad to contemplate.