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May 2010 , Page 59 

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Verbatim: A Bittersweet Moment in History

By Nkechi Taifa

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Every so often a moment occurs and a window of opportunity opens. Every so often a glimmer of hope sparks and the faint possibility of change appears on the horizon. One such moment occurred in 1955 when Rosa Parks sat down on that bus and helped bring about a chain of events that dismantled the system of Jim Crow. The change did not occur overnight, and vestiges of injustice remain to this day. But change, no matter how slow or how imperfect, begins with recognition of the moment and seizing of that moment.

With respect to the crack cocaine disparity, there is a moment occurring right here, right now, today. There is a window of opportunity with the possibility of change on the horizon. Is it imperfect? Yes. Are there vestiges of injustice? Absolutely. Has the timing been slow? Incredibly. But for the first time legislation to reform the disparity between crack and powder cocaine unanimously passed — and in a bipartisan fashion — out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 17, and w

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