Segregation Amendment

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Gov. Bob Riley and others concerned about Alabama's image are urging voters to approve a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 2 ballot. If approved, it would strike the long-unenforceable segregation language from the state constitution.

Fifty years after the Supreme Court's historic decision striking down segregated schools, Alabama's law mandating racially separate classrooms is still on the books.

The amendment has opponents, including former Chief Justice Roy Moore, suspicious of possible hidden agenda, a huge tax increase.

Moore calls the amendment, "the most deceptive piece of legislation I have ever seen and it is simply a fraud on the people of Alabama."

But supporters say Amendment Two is not about taxes. It's about erasing the last vestiges of Jim Crow provisions from Alabama's law.

Influential education groups, like the Alabama Association of School Boards, and groups that have pushed for constitutional revision, including Greater Birmingham Ministries and Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform, are campaigning for passage of Amendment Two.