US now ‘more just, more equal, and more free’, says Obama

October 23rd, 2008 - 2:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Barack ObamaChicago, Oct 23 (IANS) The United States is more just and equal, says the first African American presidential candidate of a major party, Barack Obama.In an exclusive interview with IANS, the Democratic presidential candidate, who is now leading the opinion polls, recalled how the civil rights movement’s “long march toward equality and freedom” had transformed American society making his historic candidacy possible.

“While we have made significant progress over the last five decades, there is no question that we have more work to do,” he added. Together with his vice presidential running mate Joe Biden, he said he would “build upon our nation’s commitment to equal justice and opportunity for all”.

Tracking the momentous changes in American society and politics that paved the way for his candidacy, Obama said in his first interview to a South Asian journalist after getting the Democratic party nomination: “Just fifty years ago, nine brave African American schoolchildren sought to realise the promise of Brown v. Board of Education by walking past an angry mob and into the doors of Central High School in Little Rock , Arkansas.” Brown vs. Board of Education was a court ruling to end racial segregation in schools that was opposed by many whites.

“The event,” Obama told IANS, “marked a great moment in America’s long march toward equality and freedom. The federal government put itself firmly on the side of justice and equal opportunity for all. And this was only the beginning.”

A series of federal civil rights laws were enacted in the coming days to ensure social and political equality and justice for races. “These laws, and the institutional practices they created, helped transform our nation into one that is more just, more equal, and more free,” he said.

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