Saturday Interesting Reading


For several decades, I have taught the civil rights movement extensively in my UCLA class on the history of American social protest movements. I detail its effective use of nonviolence to challenge racist practices and white supremacy and to gain high moral visibility in major media outlets throughout the world. To the distress of many of my students, I also note that most civil rights activists, including myself, considered nonviolence merely a useful and moral tactic, but not a comprehensive way of life. Even more troubling, I proclaim my strong agreement with my fellow activists who respect and celebrate those who advocated and practiced self-defense whenever it was considered necessary.

A major new book on the history of the civil rights movement validates this perspective—a perspective ordinarily missing from conventional accounts—and adds a huge dimension to public understanding of the dramatic and continuing struggle against racism in the United States. Despite the widespread belief that everything changed because Dr. Martin Luther King (majestically) preached and acted nonviolently, leading to a “nonracial society” with the election of Barack Obama in 2008, the facts, as usual, are both more complex and more dismal.


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16 Responses to Saturday Interesting Reading

  1. David B. Benson says:



  2. Den says:

    Awoke at 2am the wind was roaring (beyond howling), time for another shingle check. A 2ft diam tree fell over in the neighbors yard away from the house. Mostly calm now, had rain for a bit then back to dry again, more expected, it’s not done yet.

    None of the coffee or donuts blew away, thankfully.


  3. David B. Benson says:



  4. º¿carol says:

    Temp way up to 46°. Melting going on, the big icicles the grew from the front gutter have been falling off. Only one left. The back deck and the walkway from the deck to the garage patio, cleared. I chopped the packed snow off the walkway, scraped right off. Dry now. We might get freezing rain today, or starting after midnight. Hmm.


  5. Den says:

    Time to do the laundry where the machines do all the work.


  6. David B. Benson says:

    Locally used to be called a Chinook wind.
    We are having one.


  7. Den says:

    Must Gweet 😉


  8. Den says:

    Gweeted and lubricated, Cheers!


  9. David B. Benson says:

    Electroacoustic concert over.


  10. Den says:



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