You can’t fix stupid [From the President : Emory Magazine]

by Srikanth

From the President : Emory Magazine.

Check out that shit-eating grin …

Watch the President of Emory try to walk something really, really idiotic back:

The point was not that this particular compromise was a good thing in itself.   It was a repugnant compromise.  Of course it is not good to count one human being as three fifths of another or, more egregiously, as not human at all, but property. Rather, the first point of the essay was that the Constitution had to be a deeply compromised document in order to be adopted at all. If something is compromised it is inherently weak, unstable.  In the Constitution’s case, that weakness resulted in ongoing struggles over slavery and, eventually, civil war. In the long run, critical amendments have helped resolve some of the document’s weaknesses and instabilities. We are still working at it.

The second point of the essay was that despite its weakness, the Constitution pointed toward (though it did not fulfill) a better reality to which its creators aspired. The compromise about slavery, viewed from our perspective, established a nation at least in part on the backs of people whose rights—indeed, whose humanity–were unrecognized. At the same time, that compromise pointed to a higher truth for both sides of the debate, though they did not recognize it at the time. For the states supporting slavery, the higher truth was that persons denied a vote, denied even their freedom, did not constitute part of the body politic—not even three-fifths of it—and therefore should not be used as a means to political power. For those opposed to slavery, the clearer truth was that if persons were counted as even a fraction of the body politic, their personhood demanded the full rights and privileges of citizens.”

 

 

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