[Marxism] Fwd: Why Selma Matters Now More Than Ever » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names
mikedjyates at msn.com
Fri Jan 2 18:08:38 MST 2015
Louis has written a fine review of the film Selma, one that makes me want to see it. The controversy over LBJ is interesting. Johnson's efforts on civil rights were the high point of his presidency and show what a mainstream politician who knows what power is and how to wield it can do. What he did makes Obama, Clinton, and all of the other Dems the Nation types urge us to support just so pitiful by comparison. Robert Caro gives a pretty exhaustive account of this part of LBJ's life in the last (but not final) installment of his monumental biography. Of course, Johnson was a scoundrel and hardly a radical champion of black power. But at least he had in his deepest memory a grasp of what it was to be poor and powerless. After college, he taught in a poor high school with mostly Mexican-American students. He got those kids achieving.
It is certainly true that Selma matters more than ever now. Overall, the savagery of this nation hasn't declined much, and only movements like those spearheaded by MLK and many others have much chance of combating and ending it.
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