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Sun Jan 31, 2016, 05:17 PM

119. I don't argue that we should certainly demand what we want...whether it be Single payer...

Or whatever else it is...As long as folks understand that the Civil Rights Movement didn't happen because a President led on the issue, and that elections is NOT what made it all possible. If folks get that, then that's great!

1954-1968 is 12 years, not an election cycle. Of course, 1954 is the beginning, but even that letigation (Brown vs. Board of Education) itself took years in the making....

and even after 1968, it wasn't all done and over with, exemplified by the Watts Riots, or even today, with the police shootings and other unfortunate racist institutional deeds in the 21st century!


The Civil Rights Movement did culminate into large mass protests, but it was also comprised of much citizen litigation, careful planning, smaller pinpointed protest, organized action, and bodily harm to many of the protestors.



Key events
Brown v. Board of Education, 1954
Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, 19551956
Desegregating Little Rock Central High School, 1957
The method of Nonviolence and Nonviolence Training
Robert F. Williams and the debate on nonviolence, 19591964
Sit-ins, 19581960
Freedom Rides, 1961
Voter registration organizing
Integration of Mississippi universities, 195665
Albany Movement, 196162
Birmingham Campaign, 1963
"Rising tide of discontent" and Kennedy's Response, 1963
March on Washington, 1963
Malcolm X joins the movement, 19641965
St. Augustine, Florida, 196364
Mississippi Freedom Summer, 1964
Civil Rights Act of 1964
Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, 1964
King awarded Nobel Peace Prize
Boycott of New Orleans by American Football League players, January 1965
Selma Voting Rights Movement and the Voting Rights Act, 1965
Fair housing movements, 19661968
Memphis, King assassination and the Poor People's March 1968
Civil Rights Act of 1968
Other issues
Competing ideas
Avoiding the "Communist" label

It was a long slog....for sure!

I also will remind many that at the close of the Civil War,
there was reconstruction, and then the White Citizenry took back
everything that the civil war had promised, less the physical chains.

i.e., Good intentions end up many times backfiring for an entire generation.....

I'm bringing this up because I don't believe that getting behind an un-electable political candidate,
as instead, it may end up giving the GOP 100% rule, and the Supreme Court,
would probably take us back an entire generation.....in Health Care and other important issues....
and may end up taking much longer than it took the Civil Rights movement to eventually get some of what it demanded.

And the Civil Rights Movement isn't over, as it persists in Job, housing, educational, and all other types of racism that are still going strong. That's why we had a Black Power movement in the Late 60s (eradicated ASAP), and a Black Lives Matter movement going on today.



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