What has been the impact of the march on the nation? Looking back, what criticisms or praise can be gleaned?
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?
white guys with long hair and wearing tattered combat fatigues. Behind them trooped a gaggle of poorly dressed women and kids ... Their leader, the "Grand-Almighty-Klucker" from South Carolina, wore expensive silk robes and hood and drove a new Jeep Cherokee ... I almost felt sorry for these characters who were dumb enough to allow this phony to con them into thinking that their problems were caused by black people living in Cleveland or Detroit. Nothing is sadder than poor Appalachian whites who are so easily distracted from the reality of their own lives and conned by charlatans into thinking that it's "someone else's fault". Poor whites in these parts don't realize that they are in the same boat with poor blacks and Hispanics in the urban areas ... It mystifies me how some can go against their own best interests because they are "carefully taught" to hate others who are different ... Is THAT what you had in mind when you posted this topic?
@Greek - Whine, whine, whine! Boo-hoo! @Kendall - While both sides want everything to be about race, it actually isn't. If I were a young, black man in an urban environment, I would rightfully be concerned about issues like profiling and stop-and-frisk. However, issues like poverty and joblessness affect person of ALL races. If Dr. King were around today, he would be protesting attacks upon Hispanics, gays, Moslems, etc. (as I've noticed from what you've written to the P-burg paper, you are aware of some of the toxic letters written attacking the last two groups). When he was murdered in Memphis, he was there to support striking sanitation workers. He would realize that today's problems are about economic inequality. In 1986, I helped organize a counter-demonstration against a Klan group that had announced forthcoming rallies in Marietta and Belpre. When these folks showed up, we outnumbered them ten-to-one, but I also noticed that most of the Klan group consisted of poor
Always always always the rights fault. I call B. S. on that...
@Kendall - Thanks for posting this topic. The impact of this week's march hasn't been felt yet. Hopefully it will, but there isn't as much fire in younger folks today as there was in 1963 (I attended the 20th anniversary D.C. march in 1983) ... There might be once they realize exactly how much the rabid (I almost said "robot") right wants to turn back the clock to 1859 ...
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