He wasn't advocating socialism. It was worse.
Much was made Monday of a 2001 interview in which Barack Obama lamented the failure of the civil rights movement to bring about “redistributive change” to achieve “political and economic justice in this society.”
Of course, this sounds like socialism on its face. Redistributing the wealth is socialism, right? From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.
But that misses the context. Obama was referring to the civil rights movement which secured important rights, which he disparaged as mere negative liberties, for African-Americans.
No, Obama wasn’t suggesting that the Warren Court failed to achieve socialism. What he was lamenting was the failure of the civil rights movement to demand and the Warren Court to provide reparations for slavery and Jim Crow laws.