Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Half A Century

Rachel Maddow and a number of other people are noting that it was fifty years ago this week that desegregation and civil rights were in the headlines.

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I remember a lot of those days, including Alabama Gov. George Wallace standing in the schoolhouse door, and the murder of Medgar Evers on June 12, 1963.

I suppose you can say we’ve come a long, long way since those days when it took the National Guard to get children into schools and hey, aren’t we all post-racial now that we have twice elected a black man as president?

In a lot of ways we have.  But there are still little reminders every day that we still have a long way to go.  With rulings pending from the Supreme Court on voting rights and affirmative action, we’ll find out just how much.

One bark on “Half A Century

  1. Unfortunately, racism and bigotry will always be with us. There will always be people who are afraid of The Other.

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