What a lot of people don’t get is that the Civil Rights protests of the 50s and 60s weren’t necessarily directed at White Americans. They were directed at the national news and therefore the rest of the world.
Think of what was going on WHEN the CRM was happening. The Cold War was Antarctic. We had just gotten out of Korea and were plummeting into Vietnam. Plus a whole bunch of non-White nations were newly independent from their European colonial oppressors and were deciding which way they should go, capitalist or communist. And the powers that colonized them were our allies for the most part.
Now you see, on international news, images of peaceful, well-dressed Black people, who, depending on what newly independent nation you were from, looked a lot like YOUR citizens, being beaten, attacked with dogs, fire hydrants let loose on them. You hear about, and even more impactful, SEE Whites terrorizing, lynching and killing, raping women, blowing up little girls in churches. Those Whites look a lot like the ones who once owned your country too and even speak the same language. And all of this is occurring in the country that is telling you it’s all about freedom, equality and democracy.
And this isn’t even getting into WHY this movement even had to exist in the first place! I remember tutoring ESL students at a local Chicago community college in the 90s. They were studying the CRM but weren’t told WHY it happened just that it did. I said, “Well, you know the United States kept Black people as slaves for about 250 years, right?” They looked completely flabbergasted. They had NO idea because they literally were not told ANY of that in their American history class. So U.S. citizenship classes are lying to the pupils which may explain the disdain so many immigrants have towards Black Americans. They have no idea HOW we got where we are because they literally are NOT told. That dovetails nicely with the anti-Black, White supremacist system of this nation as well.
Those organizers and marchers were looking to shame and embarrass the United States on the world stage. It didn’t look good to have your dirty business aired on the nightly, national news for every foreign dignitary to see. This speaks to the genius of the organizers playing this subtle international political game. The fact we aren’t taught this is another way to deny Black genius and intellectualism.
Along with that, CRM also had the big stick of Black nationalism in the forms of Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael. Whites felt that they’d better give into non-violent MLK or else the Negroes will turn to the Black nationalist whom they falsely believed were about aggression towards Whites. Pure projection on the part of Whites. Nationalists were about self-defense and self-support. Simply, “Don’t start none; won’t be none.” Shows the violence of the collective White psyche that not being allowed to brutalize Black folks without retaliation was/is seen as violence towards Whites.
You cannot appeal to your oppressor’s humanity and empathy if they have none for you. And without some other leverage, protests and marches won’t and aren’t working. You got to have something your oppressor wants or be able to destroy a thing they, but not you, value.
And right now, Black people in America got nothing we can hold hostage against White people to coerce them (because that’s what happened each and every time a Black liberation movement made any gains. Whites were dragged kicking and screaming to the change, only to reverse every gain at the earliest) to behave. And that’s what it’ll have to take—coercion. And the American system, right up to the Supreme Court, has removed the straight-forward coercion Black people would have had. We got no leverage to use against the White collective.
ALL OF THIS,
But I had no idea that slavery was left out of the history lessons they teach immigrants!
Sham fucking WOW.
Yep. My mother took the test when I was about seven, and she does not remember any mention of the enslavement of Black people in America. They’ll have questions like, “Name the war between the North and the South,” and that’s the full extent of the question.
hey maybe we should treat women like people
how could you say these things... i trusted you... i have lost a hero on this day
me: *looks at ocs i made 4 years ago*
me: we can rebuild them. we have the technology
gamer nerds are so dramatic
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