Originally published in Liberato.US on September 10, 2017
Reposted with permission of the author
Constitution MinuteThe Constitution is often criticized for only protecting rich white people. It’s time to push back.
These critics dishonor the memory of the black soldiers who fought and died for American independence in the Revolutionary War. They also dishonor the memory of the black soldiers who fought and died for the Union in the Civil War. Anyone who has seen the movie Glory—starring Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington—knows that story. But the critics act as if it’s still 1861, as if the Civil War never happened, and as if slavery still exists in America today.
I recently heard another such critic on the radio. It was on the Jay Winter Nightwolf Show on Friday September 8th on WPFW-FM, the Pacifica station here in Washington, D.C. Pacifica is a far-left outfit under investigation by the California Attorney General for financial irregularities. Its flagship show is Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman, which should give you some idea just how far to the Left Pacifica really is.
I’ve listened to the Nightwolf show for years. He makes some good points about legitimate grievances of Native Americans, but it’s also true he spreads race hatred. One time, he had Louis Farrakhan on his show. Farrakhan proceeded to call all white people “snakes” and “devils.” I heard it with my own ears, and Nightwolf did not disown Farrakhan’s comments.
Last Friday, Nightwolf had on Mark Charles, a speaker and writer, and son of a European mother and Navajo father. Here’s what Charles had to say about the Constitution:
… the Constitution was written, it starts with “We the People,” Article I Section 2 excludes women, excludes natives, and counts Africans as three-fifths of a person. The purpose of the Constitution is to protect white land-owning men. That’s the rule of law in the United States of America. [Starting at 46:28]
A little later, he says:
The purpose of U.S. law—I don’t care what amendments you talk about—is to protect white landowning men.
His biography says he “seeks to understand the complexities of American history regarding race, culture, and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and reconciliation for the nation.” If you are truly interested in healing the racial divide in this country, you don’t start out by making racially charged generalizations.
But it’s not 1789 or 1861. Mark Charles may not care, but the adoption of the 14th Amendment in 1868 changed absolutely everything he was talking about. Article I, Section 2—in the particulars Charles discussed—no longer applies. Instead, the 14th Amendment guarantees that no state can deny any person equal protection of the law. Mark Charles knows this. He just chooses not to care about it.
To pretend that it’s 1861 and that slavery still exists is not helpful. To put out the message over the airwaves that the Constitution is only for rich white people is not helpful. To whip up race hatred by telling people the deck is stacked against them and they will always be helpless victims, no matter what, is not helpful.
The result is people who are so angry they can’t think straight. But are they angry because they have legitimate grievances, or because they’ve been whipped into a frenzy by the Left and its snake-oil identity politics?
I can understand people being angry if they have a legitimate grievance. But I can’t understand whipping up race hatred, as Charles has done, by deliberately misrepresenting the Constitution. Isn’t there something wrong if you have to misrepresent the facts to make your case? If you deliberately misrepresent the Constitution, how can you say you have a legitimate grievance against the Constitution?
Like I said, it’s time to push back.