AOC says the Electoral College is Racist

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End of the day AOC is a kid who didn’t actually bother to read in college. She got by sucking up to college professors who were probably raging liberals and didn’t want to actually grade papers that disagreed with their view of the world.
 
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AOC Wants to Abolish the “Racist” Electoral College – Conservative Hearts This is just the latest from AOC ,who knows nothing about American History , has no conception of basic economics , and thinks that New York , Los Angeles ,and Chicago should run the country. Racist? Just HOW is it RACIST?
She appears to know more about American History than you do ...

The Racial History of the Electoral College and Why Efforts to Change It Have Stalled
"At the present period, the evil is at its maximum’
When the framers met for the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, they aimed to unify the colonies with a government that gave fair representation to all states, no matter their size.

They were deciding whether slaves in Southern states should be considered property –to abscond population taxes — or people, so those states could have more representation in government.

Slaves were the economic heart and pulse of the country and the Northern states, even if they did not engage in slavery, benefited from their labor. So even though slaves were unable to vote, the Convention decided that slaves should be counted as three-fifths of a white person for the purposes of representation in Congress.

Considering options for electing the president, James Madison, now known as the “Father of the Constitution” and a slave-owner in Virginia, said the “right of suffrage was much more diffusive in the Northern than the Southern States; and the latter could have no influence in the election on the score of Negroes.”

With that, Madison had proposed the prototype for the same Electoral College system the country uses today: instead of a direct vote, each state was to choose electors, roughly based off their population, but weighted by slaves.

The Convention decided the electors would convene, exchange ideas and cast their votes to reflect their own ideals on the state’s behalf. Though the framers could not foresee that by 1800, Thomas Jefferson, whose state of Virginia was the largest because of its 40 percent slave population, would beat out John Adams, who was opposed to slavery.

Jefferson also convinced his state to give him all its electoral votes if he won the majority of its ballots. Then, Jefferson signed Ohio as a state, which also gave all its electors to the most popular candidate instead of dividing them among the parties, and the Federalist party engaged in the same tactic.

By 1823, Madison had profound distaste for this winner-take-all approach. “At the present period, the evil is at its maximum,” he wrote, and called for an amendment to abandon it, but that never happened.

It took nearly 100 years after the Convention to abolish slavery with the 13th Amendment in 1865. Later came women’s suffrage in 1920, and then the prohibition of discriminatory voter registration requirements with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. By then, more than 80 percent of black voters across the country had started to favor the Democratic candidate in presidential elections.

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