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“There’s an unfinished revolution waiting to be won.”

~ Michelle Alexander

A democratic republic such as ours, is always a work in progress. It is always striving to reach an ideal, but also continually falling short of our noblest truths. The secret we refuse to acknowledge is that ours is an unfinished revolution.

When Thomas Jefferson penned these words in The Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…”, the reality is that our founding fathers didn’t really believe in the truth of those words. However, the truth of the ideal is in those words, and a democratic republic, if it is to succeed, must always strive for the truth of the ideal. We need prophetic voices, courageous people, and committed movements to make that happen. We need people willing to finish the revolution.

Yes, our Republic is a “Great Experiment,” but that means its history is littered with “Great Disappointment.” It is an unfinished revolution. Racism is evident in the foundational document of our nation, as it vilifies entire people groups by calling them, “… the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.”

As Jefferson penned these words, he obviously didn’t view Native Americans as created equal. Yet the ideal remains. Let the voices raise, calling the United States to strive for its founding ideals, but to abandon its founding and systemic racism. Let us truly be a nation where all people, all genders, all races, all ethnicities, etc….. are created equal. Let’s continue to strive to see our revolution completed! Let this be the generation that finishes the task!

Recommended Reading:

Michelle Alexander: The New Jim Crow (Paperback - Revised Ed.); 2012 Edition

 

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“For good reason, many people—especially poor people of color—fear police harassment, retaliation, and abuse. After having your car torn apart by the police in a futile search for drugs, or being forced to lie spread-eagled on the pavement while the police search you and interrogate your for no reason at all, how much confidence do you have in law enforcement? Do you expect to get a fair hearing?”

~ Michelle Alexander

The above quote is from a book that I wish every one of my Caucasian friends would read: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. In its pages, Alexander presents a case documenting the rise of a Police State enforcing a caste system against people of color, primarily young black men, through America’s “War on Drugs,” and our corporate commitment to felony convictions and mass incarceration as a key tool in this effort.

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“Quite belatedly, I came to see that mass incarceration in the United States had, in fact, emerged as a stunningly comprehensive and well-disguised system of radicalized social control that functions in a manner strikingly similar to Jim Crow.”

~ Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow
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