It’s that time of the week, and as always the case, we have a great Daily Kos “The Brief” show on tap. This is the one-year anniversary of the George Floyd murder (and only one year, which seems unbelievable). That murder shook up the world, leading to protests around our country, and as far away as London, Paris, Syria, and Brazil. Yet today’s guest, Yale historian Dr. Elizabeth Hinton, writes in her new book, America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s, that this is nothing new—that the Black rebellion against militarized police is decades old.
“The violent and nonviolent expressions of black protest are entwined forces, and violent
rebellion must be understood on its own terms, as a type of political action that has
been integral to the history of the freedom movement in America ... what were long assumed to be urban, Black “riots” were, in fact, rebellions—political acts carried out in response to an unjust and repressive society. This redefinition leads, necessarily, to an examination of the failures of the Civil Rights era, whose unfulfilled promises resulted in continued poverty and skyrocketing imprisonment.”
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