Alabama Keeps Law for Segregated Schools on the Books

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Moot Jim Crow-era language meant to racially segregate Alabama's schools will apparently stay in the state's 1901 Constitution for now. Though not all provisional and absentee ballots were accounted for as of Nov. 3, the tallied votes seem to narrowly defeat Amendment Two, legislation that would have struck such language as "separate schools shall be provided for white and (black) children."

"If Amendment Two fails, it is because Alabama is still one of the most racist states in the nation and because Whites still feel Blacks are inferior," says Alabama District 78 Rep. Alvin Holmes (D-Montgomery), author of the bill that removed language in the state's constitution banning interracial marriage which barely passed several years ago. "They don't want their children to go to school with Blacks, which is why so many Whites are putting their children in private schools."

One of the goals of Gov. Bob Riley's Alabama Citizens Constitutional Commission was to revise the state's constitution - the nation's longest and most amended constitution - to rid it of illegal and racist language. Amendment Two, however, was opposed by groups such as the Alabama Christian Coalition. …