Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Obama 2002: Rich People Are For Non-Violence, They've Got What They Want

Also Used Phrase From Noted Communist/Black Panther Angela Davis: "Prison-Industrial Complex"

More damning video of Obama from a 2002 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Service, found and posted at Patterico, via LegalInsurrection. Prof. Jacobson belives this video is "even more important" than the one released by the Daily Caller and Sean Hannity last night. It shows more of someone who wants to divide Americans by race and class, as opposed to the "no red states, no blue states" post-racial healer Obama made himself out to be.
 
Obama, in this one phrase, tries to tie Enron executives to segregationist (Democrat) Bull Connor:

The philosophy of nonviolence only makes sense if the powerful can be made to recognize themselves in the powerless. It only makes sense if the powerless can be made to recognize themselves in the powerful. You know, the principle of empathy gives broader meaning, by the way, to Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but rich people are all for nonviolence. Why wouldn’t they be? They’ve got what they want. They want to make sure people don’t take their stuff. But the principle of empathy recognizes that there are more subtle forms of violence to which we are answerable. The spirit of empathy condemns not only the use of firehoses and attack dogs to keep people down but also accountants and tax loopholes to keep people down. I’m not saying that what Enron executives did to their employees is the moral equivalent of what Bull Connor did to black folks, but I’ll tell you what, the employees at Enron feel violated. When a company town sees its plant closing because some distant executives made some decision despite the wage concessions, despite the tax breaks, and they see their entire economy collapsing, they feel violence
. . .But that's not all, as Patterico notes.

What Obama really thought about the Clinton years. Quote: “Among African American males, one third to one fourth caught up in the criminal justice system, so that the number of young men incarcerated exceeded the number enrolled in colleges and universities. Throughout the nation inequality up, trust in mutuality down . . . the evidence was there if we cared to look.”

Obama on empathy, the powerful, and the prison industrial complex. Quote: “It’s hard to imagine that the powerful in our society would tolerate the burgeoning prison industrial complex if they imagined that the black men and Latino men that are being imprisoned were something like their sons.”

Local funding of schools is “fundamentally unjust.” Quote: “And Illinois, like many states in the country, has an education system that is funded by property taxes. It is fundamentally unjust. So you have folks up in Winnetka, pupils who are getting five times as much money per student as students in the South Side of Chicago.”


 
Note: I emphaised the term "Prison Industrial Complex" as Obama is using a term first used by Angela Davis, noted Communist, Black Panther, and UC Santa Cruz professor. Davis was implicated in a 1970 plot to free Black Panther George Jackson that led to a Marin County, CA courtroom being hijacked and a judge being killed.

Hat tip to Morgen

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