Educate, organize and mobilize — Back in December of 2014 I started writing and teaching about the “Third Reconstruction.” I described its mission as creating a network of organizations and individuals that were committed to a non-racial, multi-ethnic, equal opportunity America, characterized by political, economic, and social justice.
On Sunday past, 2016 Presidential Candidate, Hillary Clinton, announced her campaign for President. In doing so, she announced that “equal opportunity” would be a plank in her campaign agenda. Needless to say, advocates of the Third Reconstruction are delighted with her announcement. Our delight is not an endorsement of her as a candidate, but because her plank on equal opportunity represents a long-term teachable opportunity for Black communities to discuss and understand our 400 year pursuit of equal opportunity. I believe that it is the intent of her campaign to refer to itself as the “Hillary Campaign.”
The first point that I should make is that equal opportunity as viewed by Hillary Clinton and Black voters is a topic that requires great consideration and study. Voter suppression and political accountability are core concerns of Black voters that require our unrelenting attention. I should add that political accountability as I view it requires much more than Black voters have required in the past. It is also important to understand that equal opportunity may or may not be the highest priority of the Hillary campaign, but I can think of no higher priority for Black voters. Equally important is the fact the Clinton campaign is addressing equal opportunity as it applies to other voting blocs, which is appropriate, but much of our focus will be on it as a Black priority.
Going forward, on our blog, www.TheThirdReconstruction.com, we plan to conduct ongoing, in-depth discussions on the meaning of equal opportunity to our Black communities. It is important that comments be made on our Facebook pages as well as our website. Facebook posts get lost after a few post or a few weeks but we can thread website messages to last forever. Our blog will be used as a teaching tool by voters interested in understanding the political context of economic, political, and social justice.
I’m pleased that as soon as I posted information on Facebook concerning the Clinton campaign equal opportunity plank it drew pointed comments that challenged Black voters to apply a policy of political accountability when evaluating its importance to the legitimate aspirations of our communities. We also received suggestions for building greater community awareness, understanding, and support for equal opportunity. I will be incorporating the comments and opinions from our readers as I make equal opportunity an ongoing topic for my commentaries.
Notice should be taken of the fact that the Third Reconstruction’s mission includes in its network outreach to most, if not all, of the major components of the 2008 and 2012 “Obama Coalition.” For Hillary to win in 2016, she will have to mobilize the Obama Coalition. This coalition has been historically identified as young voters, minorities, women, gays, labor and other progressives.
As an aside from equal opportunity, many of our readers know that we have been doing ongoing coverage of voter suppression since the Supreme Court gutted the Civil Rights Act of 1965. To that end, readers must be mindful of the fact that if the Republicans are successful in their wide spread attempts to stop Black and other citizens from voting, it may not matter what kind of coalition Hillary is able to mobilize, she’ll lose in 2016.
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