Wade Henderson, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference and the Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Chair of Public Interest Law, published an opinion article in Business Ethics commemorating the 47th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday March of 1965 and calling for repeal of Alabama's recent anti-immigrant legislation.
"Now is the time to repeal the most recent spate of oppressive and backward-looking laws, which seek to revive the "legacy of bigotry and injustice” that President Johnson said we would overcome. H.B. 56 has kept children from attending school, stopped mothers and fathers from working, and isolated families who live in fear of being profiled or harassed. Voter suppression has once again returned in the form of narrowed voter windows, burdensome voter ID laws, and restrictions on registration.
Today’s repressive laws in Alabama and elsewhere recall the sins of
the past. And this week, individuals of conscience from every background
revive the spirit of Dr. King, Jimmie Lee Jones, Reverend Reeb, and
countless others who were bold enough to stand up against naked bigotry
when their lives were at stake.
Bigotry can’t be tweaked, it cannot hide behind evolved rhetoric or a
genteel denial of freedom, and it cannot be allowed to metastasize
within an America that’s as good as its ideals. And so we all will continue to march – together."