“We’ve gained nothing in this country without a movement,” Charles Barron, a controversial candidate for congress declared during a town hall earlier this week.
Mr. Barron explained that just like the civil rights movement is remembered more by Martin Luther King Jr. than the legislators who shepherded the bill through Congress, he will instigate change by bringing a “movement” to Washington D.C.
“Most of us in this room don’t know who was the House or Senate sponsor of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Most of us in this room don’t know who was the House [sponsor] or sponsor in the Senate of the 1965 Voting Rights Act,” he continued. “You know why we don’t know them? Because Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and the civil rights movement is what made those bills happen. And that’s what we have to do now.”
Mr. Barron, who is increasingly getting national attention as the Washington establishment is coming to terms with his unabashed support for African dictators and racially charged rhetoric, used this argument to deflect criticism of his lack of legislative success in the City Council.
The key, he repeated several time, is to create a movement.