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  1. DarrylS

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    Monday was the anniversary of the beginning of the end for segregation in the south... it started in Greensboro, NC and quickly spread up and down the Atlantic Seaboard.. it reignited the fervor started by Rosa Parks in the mid 50's and was a catalyst for MLK... it later merged with the Peace Movement and the early feminist movement to create a very powerful and creative force that changed american politics forever.

    The images of Bull Connor, complete with high pressure hoses and police dogs, and all the shenanigans of those who resisted changed are forever etched in the brain...

    Sit-ins reignited the civil rights movement 50 years ago - USATODAY.com

     
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    Still work to do but we've come a long way in 50 years. can you imagine the reaction of some of the crackers if someone told them we'd have a black president in 50 years?
     
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    Another way to look at it is as the anniversary of the modern Republican Party. Although the Republicans made overtures to southern whites in the past, it really began with the onset on Civil Rights. It pretty much culminated when Ronnie Reagan, hero of the right, launched his campaign in Philadelphia, MS, known only as the place where 3 civil rights workers were murdered, and then spoke about states rights, which at the time was the code word for segregration. At any rate, those blacks who engaged in the sit in showed an awful lot of courage in leading the second defeat of the white racists in the South.
     
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    Patters back off that a bit. You make it sound like Regan chose Philidephia to launch his campaign because he'd have a sympthic, black murdering, states rights crowd that would ralley around him....and you think we'd hold him as a hero because of that?
     
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    Liberals "Despise" Reagan.
     
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    But, indeed he did. He chose Philadelphia, MS intentionally. I think the right-wing regularly glosses over its shameful history in this regard, and Reagan should be held accountable. While I'm sure there are some younger conservatives and Republicans who are no fans of Reagan, the fact is among people older than, say 40, he is held in extremely high regard, largely because he was seen as upholding their principles. I have almost never heard a conservative hold Reagan accountable for his prejudice. To me, prejudice is a very big deal, especially in 1980, well after he should have known better.

    Look Away, Dixieland

    Reagan opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, opposed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (calling it "humiliating to the South"), and ran for governor of California in 1966 promising to wipe the Fair Housing Act off the books. "If an individual wants to discriminate against Negroes or others in selling or renting his house," he said, "he has a right to do so." After the Republican convention in 1980, Reagan travelled to the county fair in Neshoba, Mississippi, where, in 1964, three Freedom Riders had been slain by the Ku Klux Klan. Before an all-white crowd of tens of thousands, Reagan declared: "I believe in states' rights".

    As president, Reagan aligned his justice department on the side of segregation, supporting the fundamentalist Bob Jones University in its case seeking federal funds for institutions that discriminate on the basis of race. In 1983, when the supreme court decided against Bob Jones, Reagan, under fire from his right in the aftermath, gutted the Civil Rights Commission.
     
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