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America’s Civil Rights Movement

The first episode from the mammoth 14 hour documentary about America’s Civil Rights Movement. Further parts here.

I don’t like politics, patriotism or politicians, but just once in a while something happens that renders me cynicismless.

Who would have thought that less than a lifetime after American apartheid, less than a decade after someone called Osama became America’s most feared individual and 5 years after America went to war against someone called Hussein, a black man called Barack Hussein Obama would claim the White House? As a marketing challenge, it would have seemed impossible and that is why this is a triumph of truth over fiction.

But it is much more than that, not since Rome, when racism was traditionally directed against Northern Europeans, has someone of African decent been the most powerful person in the world (Rome had a Libyan Emperor).

The tragic news is that poor people in America, in places like Detroit, where the median house price is less than $10,000 are about to feel the devastating affects of a brutal recession. Just when there seemed to be hope, some people might turn to hopelessness and then to anger. The recession had nothing to do with Barack Hussein Obama. I suspect that will be an even bigger challenge for the truth.

history, politics

5 comments on “America’s Civil Rights Movement

  1. Div says:

    Everyone on the planet is of African descent.

  2. admin says:

    True enough.

  3. Is the American President as powerful as the heads of multi-national corporations? Sorry to still be cynical in this time of international euphoria, but I’m not sure the President is much more than a figurehead. Even if he wanted to, he couldn’t do anything to really change things because he wouldn’t have the support he would need.

  4. admin says:

    I’m sure, like most things, the truth lies somewhere in the middle of the bell curve of opinion.

    However, I have some hope that the Obama administration will have a go at reducing the impact of lobbyists, which create an inferior version of democracy.

  5. Ashley says:

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