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Andrew Stewart: Remembering Fannie Lou Hamer after the DNC | | Rhode Island Media Cooperative
Following the nomination of Hillary Clinton, I think it is worth remembering here the cause of Fannie Lou Hamer. In 1964, Hillary Clinton was campaigning for the Republican Party nominee Barry Goldwater, the candidate of segregationists and hawkish anti-Communists. Clinton's father was a member of the John Birch Society and always hoped his son-in-law would "support a cut in the capital gains tax". What is very valuable here in Hamer's comments is her discussion of the Voting Rights Act and splitting the vote in the liberal party that was going up against the segregationist party. She says here that she does not care about a recent law because this is a matter about violation of the Constitution. Simultaneous with this Martin Luther King, Jr. was saying "While not himself a racist, Mr. Goldwater articulates a philosophy which gives aid and comfort to the racists." It is also worthwhile to recall here that another Republican a decade before in Little Rock, Arkansas had used federal