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Obama: Civil Rights Movement Didn't Do Enough to Reinterpret Constitution and Redistribute Wealth

“The Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth … [T]he Warren Court … didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed … by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution, at least as it’s been interpreted, and Warren Court interpreted in the same way that generally the Constitution as a charter of negative liberties says what the states can’t do to you, says what the federal government can’t do to you, but it doesn’t say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf. … One of the … tragedies of the civil rights movement was because the civil rights movement became so court-focussed … there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing … activities on the ground that are able to bring about the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive … change. … In some ways we still suffer from that.”

3 thoughts on “Obama: Civil Rights Movement Didn't Do Enough to Reinterpret Constitution and Redistribute Wealth

  1. Leslie. When a person writes ” which you bring about redistributive … change. … ” the dots imply that words were left out. In point of fact, someone’s twisting Obama’s words and you’re not investigating this. Good idea to do so before you have egg on your face.

  2. People better being paying attention to this.

    More importantly, this had good timing. Following Joe the Plumber, and Joe the Gaffe Machine’s interview in Florida, the message may sink in.

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