by Chitown Kev
Few things have disturbed me more about the Baltimore Uprising of 2015 than the reaction to it.
For one, I am sick and tired of people droning on and on and on about that burnt-out CVS. Yes, it will make it more difficult for those in the Penn North neighborhood to get life-saving medications (the Penn North CVS drugstore is being rebuilt). But I also wondered, offhand, whether "pharmacy deserts" are a thing like "food deserts."
And, indeed,"pharmacy deserts" do exist.
The other thing that has wrecked my nerves is the tendency for non-blacks to call for blacks to be "nonviolent" as (most) of the protestors were during the Southern-based black civil rights movements of the 1950's and early 1960's. I wrote a late morning rant to which I have little more to add.
Everyone should read HamdenRice's classic post Most of You Have No Idea what Martin Luther King Actually Did. In that diary, I took particular note of this statement:
My father told me with a sort of cold fury, "Dr. King ended the terror of living in the south."In HR's diary, I commented on that very quote
yep. It needs to reemphasized, mallyroyal (7+ / 0-)The book I was referring to in that comment is Thomas J. Sugrue's Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North. I ran across a copy of the book in a used book store last weekend (for less than $3.00!). This second, far more intensive reading of Sweet Land of Liberty reaffirms my opinion that far too many critical elements of any discussion of black civil rights movements of the 20th century are not discussed, have been forgotten, and are rarely taught.
My father told me with a sort of cold fury, "Dr. King ended the terror of living in the south."
I'm actually more inclined to agree with Hamden's father.
I say that because most of the civil rights battles that took place in the 1950's and 1960's in the South were actually preceded by the civil rights battles and victories that took place in the North in the 1930's and the 1940's (there's actually a book that extensively documents the civil rights battles in the North, can't remember the name of it offhand, but it was very well documented).
And those battles had nothing to do with King.
And much of King's opposition within the national black community did come from the north. And people do forget King's recption in the North after Selma (esp. in Chicago) was quite cold at times, even among the black community.
by Chitown Kev on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 12:27:51 PM PDT
It now seems impossible to have any sort of coherent conversation about food/pharmacy/hospital deserts in urban America without reference to Sugrue's discussion of black activists century-long efforts to overturn housing discrimination.
And don't think that discussions of housing discrimination merely refer to the redlining practices and restrictive covenants in big cities like Detroit, Chicago and Philadelphia. Miss Denise already broached the subject of Levittown in her FP story on Sunday. Sugrue extensively documents and discusses similar struggles that occurred in northeastern and midwestern white wealthy and upper middle-class cities like Deerfield, IL, Dearborn, MI, New Rochelle, NY, and Englewood, NJ.
And I haven't even scratched the surface of the material covered in this book. For example, black churches do play a significant role in Sweet Land of Liberty as a vehicle for organizing but there are some differences and variations as regards to liberation ideology and strategies. Yes, there's Dr. King and the Rev. C.L. Franklin (Aretha's father) but there's also black nationalist firebrands like the Rev. Albert Cleage (father of noted black playwright Pearl Cleage).
I am proposing a Black Kos study group modeled along the lines of the excellent series by DoReMi and the Motor City Kossacks study group on Sugrue's The Origins of the Urban Crisis.
It's not that I think Sugrue's book is perfect; for example, I think he wildly overstates the case for Richard Nixon's "embrace of black enterprise." (pp. 442-45) I understand Sugrue's need to focus on "whites and African Americans" but it comes with the cost of eliminating entire regions (there's very little coverage of The West Coast) and intersectional civil rights alliances.
But the sheer magnitude and detail of Sweet Land of Liberty (with over 110 pages of footnotes) plus the enormous gap in my education (and possibly yours) on black civil rights history makes this a book well worth studying here at Daily Kos.
I would go so far to say that it's a necessity.
*The gist of the "joke" are the somewhat illegible captions of the white man depicted. He says “Beautiful, beautiful! (sniff)” on the left and “My God! Anarchy!” on the right.