Of course, I know my view is "radical"... hence the quote of mine (taken from a post on another site) that I have dubbed, "The Doctrine Of RADICAL Change".
I contend that in order to properly respect BLACK humanity then a Constitutional Convention should be convene wherein ALL "Americans" - and not just White males - can have their input into the "Law Of The Land". That doesn't mean that you "Throw The Baby Out With The Bath Water"... It means you "change" the water!
So, the core principles of the current Constitution can remain perhaps with slight revisons (if any at all) and the great issues that Williams address can be ironed out as well. What sense does it make to continue to revisit the same issues over and over because of the vagueness of the Constitution? There are some things that should not be left up to interpretation, lest we resign ourselves to a perpetual political tug-of-war that results in different polar swings every decade of so based on the varying interpretations.
Again, I consult MLK:
quote:I feel it is beneath the dignity and a disgrace to the legacy of our ancestors to accept the Constitution as-is even with it's amendments. To me, it represents the epitome of White Supremacy.
"For years I labored with the idea of reforming the existing institutions of the society, a little change here, a little change there. Now I feel quite differently. I think you've got to have a reconstruction of the entire society, a revolution of values."
It says that only Whites can dictate by virtue of forming the Constitution itself and devising the language - and therefore the meaning, extent and degree of both the interpretations and amendments - principles that govern our nation. I categorically reject that Slave-master relationship.
If we feel like this is our country and (as you have said JWC) that we should "fight for it" then I see no greater or more noble fight than this one. We, too, should have our hands in shaping what this democracy is... And, that's what my position is all about.
At present, by virtue of the Constitution, all we have is the White conception of Democracy that was born in an age of unmitigated White Supremacy. Like some argue that the Confederate Flag represents America's racist past... well the Constitution for all its "good" points does as well.
Again, we should have our hands in shape what this democracy is at the most fundamental level... and that starts with the Constitution, IMO.
Also, implicit in my position is the very idea we don't have to be so beholden to the "founders" because the very nature of human progress says that we should advance (or should at least seek to) beyond our predecessors. I have faith that we have people who are just as smart if not smarter than the "founders" (for a number of obvious reasons). So, acting like we can't function without or outside of what they prescribed is self-degrading to an extent.
But I could ramble on forever on that...