Black Lives Matter — structural inequity is the norm, not the exception

The realist digs deeper to that Constitution and holds it up to a magnifying glass. The Three Fifths Compromise is right there in Article 2, counting “other persons” as 3/5ths of a free person for taxation and representation. The intent of this clause was to balance power between the North and South, preserving Congressional representation of the free States, where slavery was outlawed. Maybe it was better than nothing — but in all cases it reminds us of the truth of American slavery and the determinations of its power.