What has been the impact of the march on the nation? Looking back, what criticisms or praise can be gleaned?
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@BeRight- While I doubt any of the speakers at the March would approve in any way to those various issues, those issues simply did not exist in 1963. At least not to the degree we see today.
If you want to see a more modern and usually well respected African-American talking about the topics you raise, reference Bill Cosby 17 May 2004 (***********americanrhetoric****/speeches/billcosbypoundcakespeech.htm)
@oneill- It should be noted though that after Malcolm made the Hajj to Mecca, he did become a little more open to the idea of racial equality. Seeing all the various shades and backgrounds of his fellow Muslims seemed to have an effect on him.
Did any of the speeches at the 50th rally on Washington talk about rappers corrupting the minds of their children, or out of wedlock births, high drop-out rates, black on black crimes, street gangs and kids who thing pants bellow their buttocks is a main stream look?
@thegreek- Keep in mind that Fred didn't say "all" the Right but more in line with the fringe right. I've always looked at the Right(Conservative) as having the duty of preserving that which is good for the nation while the Left(Liberal) is suppose to introduce positive change for the nation. Sadly though, there are aspects of the Right that want to preserve many negative qualities of our nation.
Actually, I guess the purpose for this topic is pretty generalized. I was hoping for various views on such things as if the main goals of the march were met or haven't been met. On views of the speakers (so many people don't realize that there were more than just Dr. King). Where the March went wrong or right. I've read a few stories that claim the worse aspect of the March was that their were no women speakers present and some of the original speakers were told they had to edit their language or not speak at all.
@oneill- Yeah, some people are horrible in their letters. Just this past weekend one person basically spouted off some Fox editorial talking points about Muslims not saying their against what happened on 911 enough. I swear, what do they expect from the millions of Islamic Americans? To go on tv and publically apologize for the actions of some idiots?
@oneil- I was curious to your perspective on "gradualism" within the civil rights movement. Dr. King referenced it during his "I Have a Dream" speech and tried to warn of it happening. Malcolm X (in his Grassroots speech) was a very vocal critic of the March on Washington and its "weakening" due to the inclusion of the six main speakers. Do you think he had a point?
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