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cornball 24

(1,490 posts)
Sat Apr 27, 2024, 06:39 PM Apr 27

A STEP BACK IN TIME....THE 60s and 70s saw the rise of protests to promote

Human Rights to include Civil Rights, Gay Rights, The Anti-War Movement, Women's Liberation, Environmental Movement, etc. Of course, there was backlash to these protests and movements to include the presence of police in riot gear at mostly peaceful gatherings. This, in many cases exacerbated the situation. Today, we see students protesting peacefully who are being arrested. So off to college they go, many of whom will be saddled with student loan debt and an arrest record. Meanwhile, the colleges and universities seem to be more concerned with pleasing their wealthy alumni donors and keeping their "lofty reputations" to attract the students of the wealthy than protecting the rights of their students. Back to the Hippies, Peaceniks, Flower Children, etc., for the most part they were RIGHT. Just my thoughts!

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A STEP BACK IN TIME....THE 60s and 70s saw the rise of protests to promote (Original Post) cornball 24 Apr 27 OP
I was part of those protests and helped organize some of them. former9thward Apr 27 #1
Thank you so much for your valuable input. I was never directly involved with cornball 24 Apr 27 #2
Yep, there were bombings. They ended up taking over the narrative. Too many rose colored glasses! LeftInTX Apr 27 #5
This message was self-deleted by its author Dan Apr 27 #3
Very true. I remember those times well. Ocelot II Apr 27 #4

former9thward

(32,621 posts)
1. I was part of those protests and helped organize some of them.
Sat Apr 27, 2024, 07:08 PM
Apr 27

But I do not believe in whitewashing history.

1) The Hippies, Peaceniks, Flower children did not organize any of them. They were too busy getting high to do something that took a bit of work. Protests, for the most part, were organized by disciplined and organized radicals and radical groups such as Students for a Democratic Society. If you look at the defendants in the 1968 Democratic convention Chicago 8 trial none of them were Hippies, etc.

2) Many of the protests and actions were violent. And not just because of police overreaction. Campus buildings were bombed and burned. Banks, draft boards and other government buildings were trashed. On marches windows were broken and objects thrown at police. Yes, there was many police overreactions, but you can only poke a junkyard dog so much before they react.

cornball 24

(1,490 posts)
2. Thank you so much for your valuable input. I was never directly involved with
Sat Apr 27, 2024, 07:19 PM
Apr 27

the protests as I was busy raising my Irish
triplets-now 58, 59 and 60. BTW, my husband was a junkyard dog, one of the good guys. He went on to become a forensic expert. Thank you again for your post.

LeftInTX

(27,162 posts)
5. Yep, there were bombings. They ended up taking over the narrative. Too many rose colored glasses!
Sat Apr 27, 2024, 07:56 PM
Apr 27
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Ocelot II

(117,328 posts)
4. Very true. I remember those times well.
Sat Apr 27, 2024, 07:28 PM
Apr 27

Some campus protests were spontaneous but the big and occasionally destructive ones mostly were not. There's another difference, though: In those days we were protesting the actions of our own government, not those of the government of another country. And I don't recall that any of our Vietnam war protests included insults or threats against a particular ethnic or religious group. Some of the current protests allegedly have involved threatening behavior toward Jewish students and/or Palestinian students, and that's unacceptable regardless of anybody's First Amendment right to protest.

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