Posted 14 June 2017 - 10:18 PM
I have to wince whenever I hear talk of this type of violence and nuttiness being something new for the US.
Being a child of the 50's, I remember all the bombings, the race riots, the extreme rhetoric on both sides, the kooks, the killers, whole cities burning, with rampant looting, pillaging, vandalism, continuous high-profile assassinations . . .
All of this seems to be long-forgotten. Ironically, at the time, this was also the case, as the last spate of violence had happened in the 20's and 30's, with strike-breaking, worker riots, Pinkerton goons murdering strikers, race riots after World War the First, cities burning, widespread looting, pillaging, burning, vandalism.
Back in the 50's, bombings were a regular event. And the goons were going after soft targets such as churches, murdering parishioners and children.
The reasons were eerily similar, and are cyclical. Back in the late 50's there was a very popular book about the Radical Right, that could have been written about both earlier periods and the Chicken Little administration. I remember watching the McCarthy Hearings with my father and grandfather and my granddad's brother. I remember blacks on the march with Martin Luther King Jr, expecting some Southern cracker law-enforcement goons to open fire on the crowds at any moment.
The point being that the US has a legacy of violence and civil unrest going back to its earliest days. Bombings, riots, mayhem, assassinations, looting, burning, vandalism . . . pick a century; any century: 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, and now the 21st.
The US also has a legacy of coming to its senses and improving itself after each period of unrest, addressing the underlying causes, making new laws, doing what it can to prevent future abuses.
There is always the fear, however, that a point of no return will one day be reached and crossed. At such times the question is always asked, "Will this be the time?"
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