Title

From Selma to Palestine

Department

Art

Document Type

Editorial

Publication Date

6-24-2021

Abstract

Despite its shortcomings as an historical portrayal of the rabid racism that plagued the 1960’s American South, CBS’s June 20, 2021 Selma special drama did present a fair depiction of Dr. Martin L. King’s role in African Americans’ struggle to earn the right to vote as sanctioned by the Constitution of the United States.

The movie’s sanitized scenes of violence perpetrated and egged on by white law enforcement personnel and politicians (including a semi-literate, bible thumping, full-of-hate rural white citizens) on Black Americans were merely the tip of the iceberg of the vast panorama of bigotry, racism, lynchings, violence, and brutality perpetrated on American citizens whose ancestors were forcibly bought and brought, in chains, holding pens, and cages to help make America the economic power of the 19th and 20th centuries, and the world bully since the 1950s.

Publication Title

CounterPunch

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