I’m a baby boomer. I was involved in the civil rights movement and with women’s rights. I was against the Viet Nam war. Segregation was ugly, but it had to evolve that way. The reason is that white people were not willing to give “equal rights” to everyone as it states in the Constitution.
Equal rights for everyone would not happen until women and African Americans got to vote and everyone was able to go to the same school, eat in the same restaurants, use the same bathrooms, stay in the same hotels and live wherever they wanted.
It was a hard-fought struggle with years of violence and unrest. African Americans experienced violence by the police. African Americans burned communities in sheer frustration. People were vocally violent in name calling. It seemed like the end of America. Finally things calmed down. People adapted to the new America. Many thought it was done. The war ended. Women had equal rights, and so did African Americans.
But really it had just gone underground where it stayed for at least 50 years. So we have Donald Trump, an end to “political correctness” (whatever that was), angry white people, violence against African Americans by the police as well as violence against the police by African Americans.
It sounds all too familiar. Once again intolerance has raised its ugly head. Is the Donald right when he says we are on the “eve of destruction” as Barry McGuire sang in 1965?
No, we are going through Civil Rights, Part 2. The world is not going to end. Change is the only reality in the world. I understand that the middle class is upset. I belong to that class. We have lost jobs, wages, homes, status, etc. But let’s not forget, it is the Republicans who ruined the economy.
Think back to 2008. George W. Bush got out of office just in time before everything went into the toilet. Now the economy is in better shape. I know this hasn’t happened to everyone. But it shows me government works.
Stop using scapegoats. Immigrants are not to blame. African Americans are not to blame. There is no one to blame.
“For those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die.” —Ted Kennedy.