Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons. (emphasis added)
Article 1, Section 2, Paragraph 3, Constitution of the United States of America
The spoken lie is of no consequence. The silent colossal national lie that is the support and confederate of all the tyrannies and shams and inequalities and unfairness that afflict the peoples-that is the one to throw bricks and sermons at.
Mark Twain, in a written attack on slavery (date unknown)
The single biggest flaw of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, in the minds of the civil rights leaders, was the failure to secure the right to vote for Negroes and other minorities with adequate enforcement features. As soon as the celebrations over the 1964 victory subsided, the NAACP's leaders began preparing for the renewed struggle for a voting rights act. Without question, the violent encounters across the South during 1964, many sparked by the thousands of young volunteers from other regions of the nation, arrested the attention and imagination of a sizable-and growing-proportion of white Americans.