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Uniqueness - We are on the brink of a new civil rights area where social movements will be essential to shape policy


Fayyad 20 [Abdallah, staff writer, Boston Globe, "Welcome to the new civil rights era: If elected, Joe Biden will have to answer to an antiracist movement that isn't going away" July 10, https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/07/10/opinion/welcome-new-civil-rights-era
But the seemingly pragmatic argument against more ambitious policy proposals — that they are too aggressive to garner broad congressional support and are therefore an unrealistic pursuit — missed a significant trend: Over the past decade, a surge in activism and a corresponding leftward lurch in the Democratic Party hinted that America was on the brink of a mass social movement, one that could bring on a new civil-rights era that would make bold, antiracist policies, including reparations, a tenable goal.
In other words, the Floyd protests are not a fleeting moment; rather, they have ushered America into a new era that requires a different approach to politics — one that looks to movements, not lobbyists, to ask what legislation is politically viable. Now Biden ought to take heed of the protesters’ most urgent demands to advance racial equality and begin drafting an epoch-making, antiracist agenda.
Some Democrats already agree. “You’re literally having judges come in front of the Judiciary Committee who won’t even say that Brown v. Board of Education was rightly decided,” New Jersey Senator Cory Booker told me last year, when he was still running for president. “We’re seeing voting rights under attack now, we’re seeing civil rights under attack right now, and we’re seeing institutions like mass incarceration do such damage to Black and brown communities. We have to talk about these issues and the urgency to do something about them.”
It’s important to note that this moment didn’t come out of nowhere; it’s been decades in the making. Last year, long before the Floyd protests began, the Rev. William Barber of North Carolina, a civil rights activist, said America was in the midst of what he called a Third Reconstruction. That’s in part because the United States government had failed to live up to the promise of its own civil rights-era laws, and instead of eradicating racial inequality, the country has reaffirmed its caste system: Black families were hit particularly hard by the Great Recession, and lost much of their wealth in the housing market collapse; metro areas across the country have been resegregating since the 1970s; and policies that contributed to mass incarceration — or the New Jim Crow — have stifled economic growth in Black and brown communities. In fact, according to a 2017 study by the Institute for Policy Studies, median Black household wealth is projected to dip to zero dollars by 2053.
Add to that the Trump administration’s accelerated rollback of civil rights, the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing economic collapse, and a video showing a white cop killing a Black man by kneeling on his neck for nine minutes, and an already restive resistance movement has become more enraged, kicking off what looks like a consequential revolt.
We are in the midst of a new civil-rights era because we’re in a renewed era of white supremacy,” the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the civil rights activist who ran for president in 1984 and 1988, told me last year. “We’re facing a fast headwind by this unusually strong, militarized white nationalist, race supremacy. And yet in spite of that, we’re increasing our numbers in Congress,” he said of Black and brown people. “We’re fighting the headwind!”

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