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If one connects 1776 to 1789 and thereby to 1863 culminating in 1965, one sees that link clearly everyday. It is part and parcel of what America means.

It is a fragile thing to say as Barbara Jordan said in 1976 keynote address to DNC; “As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master” for so many, in US and around the world, want to be masters even as they talk of equality.