great post from Kurt Nemes
I turned 60 this past summer. That means I was 9 when Malcolm X was shot and 10 when the former racist, Lyndon Johnson, signed the voting rights act in 1965. I was 12 when Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated. They didn’t call Lee Harvey Oswald or James Earl Ray, “thugs” or “terrorists.” But the fear they inspired, put a palpable damper on the optimism for change that had begun in the early 1960s. The government didn’t help. J. Edgar Hoover, tyrant obviously as mentally disturbed by his inability to reconcile his own sexuality, (like Hitler, by the way), had gone after King, the Blank Panthers, The Students for A Democratic Society with wiretaps and even blatant propaganda. For example, I remember seeing this billboard on my way to Boy Scout camp one summer.
Most urban whites fled to the suburbs after the riots of 1968…
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