Saturday, January 3, 2015

Selma, LBJ and Truth?

In the next few weeks the movie "Selma" will be released amid some well deserved controversy concerning President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

The current media whitewash is that LBJ was all in for the Civil Rights movement and without him the movement would have stalled.  Well I'm no historian, but I do know how to read and the LBJ's Civil Rights support was nothing more than a political move that was inevitable.

My main issue is with the transformational change of Johnson over 20 years from never voting for a Civil Rights bill to suddenly becoming the Civil Rights President. Here's some evidence of the mind set of LBJ:


Malcolm X: LBJ had no "genuine interest" in blacks pre-1964

Malcolm X's "The Ballot or the Bullet" speech, Cory Methodist Church, Cleveland, USA, Friday 3 April 1964. "A ballot is like a bullet. You don't throw your ballots until you see a target and, if that target is not within your reach, keep your ballot in your pocket."

Malcolm X noted that 1964 was an election year, a time: "When all of the white political crooks will be right back in your and my community with their false promises which they don't intend to keep." 

He said that President Johnson and the Democratic Party supposedly supported the civil rights bill but there was very little evidence of genuine interest. He maintained that, even though the Democrats controlled both the House of Representatives and the Senate, politicians hadn't taken genuine action to pass the bill.
Source: The 100 Greatest Speeches, by Kourdi & Maier, p.179-180 , Apr 3, 1964 
The pandering of the political left is an amazing thing. The problem for us on the right is that the Dems are very good at claiming the political positive when they often are not the action takers but the action talkers.

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