Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
This Amendment gave the newly freed black people the right to vote. Simple as that, though I had an alarm ding in my head. One of the guys at work said the Civil Rights Act of 1964 did that. I checked. Not completely true. As far a voting is concerned it compiles voter registrations.
Blacks had the right to vote when this amendment was ratified. And they did, voted and served in elected office. Though over time some self-righteous, and arrogant officials required blacks to pass a literacy test to register to vote. So in 1965 the Voting Rights Act was passed to do away with this method of discrimination. They still had the right to vote, but some racists in power made it difficult, kinda like anti-gunners wanting to microstamp gun ammunition. Section 2 of the 15th gives Congress the power to do this.
Remember that just societies have a check and balance system. Government makes laws which are enforced by the cops. Laws are just words on paper, you don’t have to follow them, which is why we have cops. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are the laws that keep the Federal Government in check BUT it’s just words on paper unless enforced by someone. Guess who that is? WE THE PEOPLE, and we are failing miserable due to apathy and complacency. A little monetary or physical security in exchange for freedom and liberty. Not for this wolf, I’m not one of the flock, I’m above it and have taken it upon myself to snap you from your slumber, remove your blindfolds and show you how IT IS!
Another essay to follow on the Sixteenth Amendment. Stay tuned for it next week.