Playwright and Star of ‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ on Abolishing the Constitution
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Playwright and Star of ‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ on Abolishing the Constitution

August 26, 2019


(applause) – Judges, our Constitution
is like the Horcrux in Harry Potter. (laughing) It is the piece of our
founding father’s souls that is still somehow still alive
ruling over the rest of us. Let me explain. – My show, What the
Constitution Means to Me is a recreation of a
contest I did as a teenager I would travel the country giving speeches about the
Constitution for prize money. – I would travel to big
cities like Denver and Fresno I would give a speech win
a whole bunch of money and then bring it back to put in my little safety deposit box for later. I was actually able to pay for my entire college education this way. (cheers and applause) Thank you. – And a few years ago I
decided that I wanted to make a play about this experience
I had as a teenage girl. It’s a very performative
style, it’s about storytelling, it’s about thinking on your feet, and I thought it would be fun to create a live performance event
in which some things were extemporaneous and
some things were planned. Yeah, so at the end of
the show I debate live, a real teenage girl. – Different branches of
government are overstepping their powers, voter
suppression is rampant, and nine people have
disproportionate power over our basic human rights.
And communities of color, women, LGBTQIA folks and
immigrants have their rights violated on a daily basis. Thank you. (cheers) – We have two champion
debaters on our show Thursday Williams and Rosdely Ciprian. We debate whether or not
to abolish the Constitution and start over. – This brings me to my final argument, if we abolish the Constitution
we risk sending the country into complete chaos. Our
country’s more divided then it has ever been, the
only thing holding us together as Americans right now, is
the faith in this document. We may choose, we may choose to interpret it differently but without it we risk complete collapse. – I listened to Griswold
versus Connecticut which is the case that made
birth control legal in 1965. The thing I noticed when
they were arguing this case is how uncomfortable they all were talking about women’s
bodies, talking about sex, talking about birth control. I started to realize that
most of the protections we are guaranteed as say, women or trans folks or people who are not white,
people of different abilities, are not specifically laid
out in the Constitution in any concrete way. – Judges, as a kid I
believed this document was a tool of justice. I knew it was created by slaveholders, by people who did not consider
most of us fully human. But I believed in its
genius and in it’s ability to transform over time. Today, however, I don’t
actually think its failing I think its working perfectly, I think its doing exactly
what it was designed to do from the beginning, which
is to protect the interests of a small number of rich, white, men. – And yeah, we do this
basically live every night and at the end of the show
the audience gets to vote whether to keep or abolish that the younger people should
get to decide our future. So, Thursday or Rosdely
depending on who is debating that night will get to choose the Judge from this row of young
people in the front. – I believe we need a brand
new, positive rights document that actively rectifies
the inequality at the heart of this country. I believe we need a document
that protects all of us. Because why? Why should
most of us be banished to the margins of the Constitution? Why should we be on page 30? On page 34? Or not even in this document
at all because we’re kids? We all belong in the Preamble. Thank you. (cheers and applause) – I feel like I want
people to leave the show feeling like they’ve taken a
real look at what our country actually is, what this
document actually is, and are hopefully excited about how we move forward from this moment. I will say, in addition to
that I swear it’s really funny. (laughs)

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  1. No wonder I got attacked by left wing conspiracy theorists on Mashable vids. They promote violent, extremist Sozi ideas to our youth.

  2. you know that the point of a constitution is to limit the power of the State right ? that's social contract 101

  3. I'm just glad there is a black girl who supports the constitution and proves to me that not everyone is against this document or has gone mad

  4. yes get rid of freedom of speech and get rid of guns and then kill all the lefties.

    perfect plan made by the lefties

  5. Did yall even watch the video.
    They’re debating it and also they never said they want to rid of a constitution, they want a new one. Countries have done this before and not fallen apart.
    I think the constitution is fine atm, but think before your judge a judgement.

  6. The constitution was a start.That was the whole point of it if you know your history.It was meant to be amended and used but something that has actual value while making it better.

  7. The [censored by Cameron Cabral] were created by [censored by Cameron Cabral] and [censored by Cameron Cabral]. Is that something to be [censored by Cameron Cabral] of?

  8. I fully support getting rid of the constitution and all government. Then I can kill all of you and only deal with justice by might and not by social construct.

  9. Day 1. Dislike number 86 here. Can't wait to see how high this number gets once the video goes viral.

  10. I feel like the point is being missed that the constitution doesn’t finely address the new problems that have popped up 200 years later and we see that in many of today’s inequality issues.

  11. An attempt to dissolve the constitution would/will lead to a second civil war . Instead of dissolving the constution we should work to strengthen our UNION !

  12. "Of our political revolution of '76, we all are justly proud. It has given us a degree of political freedom, far exceeding that of any other nation of the earth. In it the world has found a solution of the long mooted problem, as to the capability of man to govern himself. In it was the germ which has vegetated, and still is to grow and expand into the universal liberty of mankind." Lincoln's Temperance Address, Springfield, Illinois, February 22, 1842.

  13. The constitution is what made America great in the first place. If it's such a bad thing, why are so many people trying to come here from different countries?

  14. Is this some communists propaganda ? We were warned after wwII commie reds infiltrating our gov, our schools , our media ! The shame of it all ? It's happened ! I remember the time when if you new someone who was a commie red it was your duty to report them to the FBI !

  15. Do they know that their are rich people of all races / genders and everyone is payed the same by job/ occupation and it’s worked for over 150 years

  16. Yes, let's do. Without a supreme law in the land we can begin and end the much needed civil war in a tidy little piece of time. Then we'll reinstate the Constitution, no changes made.

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