Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Et, tu, Abigail?

Abigail Thernstrom writes, regarding the Constitution:
Might the Three-Fifths Clause have been a wee bit of a defect?
This is a common meme among the race-hustlers. And, of course, it is quite simply wrong. The Three-Fifths Clause was meant to increase the rights of slaves and perhaps even help bring about the end of slavery (something that the document hints at elsewhere as well), not decrease them or declare them less than human, as is claimed. Not perfect, of course, but hardly what Thernstrom should be pointing to in order to make her point. (Come to think, I can't really think of something she can point to.) That a scholar of race relations can so glibly state this is troubling.

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