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America’s nonviolent civil rights

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/07/04/the-civil-rights-movement-might-have-b...

 

America’s nonviolent civil rights movement was considered uncivil by critics at the time
 
 

American history is rooted in the political brawls, fistfights, and debates that culminated in a revolutionary war for independence and a civil war that ushered in a new democratic political order built on the blood of over 600,000 dead. As we celebrate July 4, it’s worth remembering that freedoms now taken for granted have come at a high cost that pales in comparison to the rhetorical wars being waged by partisans in our increasingly divided and divisive political culture.

 

Political incivility in the Age of Trump continues to stir national controversy, with conservatives accusing progressives of going too far in their condemnation of MAGA supporters and Trump administration officials, some of whom were publicly heckled as they tried to eat at restaurants in the nation’s capital.

 

The level of vitriol and condemnation being hurled by both partisan observers and ordinary citizens has ratcheted up passions unseen since the civil rights movement’s heroic period, which span the years between the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision and the April 4, 1968, assassination of Martin Luther King Jr

 

Our current national turmoil over the merits and measure of civility in our political discourse echoes debates about the best tactics to ensure black citizenship, racial justice and equality during the heyday of the black freedom struggle.

 

Although the civil rights period is largely recognized as one of the proudest eras in American history, this wasn’t always the case.

 
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