Anti-War Protests In 1967 Harlem

Anti War Protest Harlem 1967

The political landscape of the 1960s United States is one filled with fascinating yet devastating intersectionalities. Ostensibly and aggressively promoting liberal democracy abroad through war, the US government remained a laggard when it came to domestic enfranchisement for African Americans. A little over a decade following Brown v. Board, many blacks still felt like second class citizens who existed as pawns of the American colonial state, and were therefore rather opposed to fighting for a country that never fought for them.

As phrased by Malcolm X, “It will take black nationalism to bring about the freedom of 22 million Afro-Americans, here in this country, where we have suffered colonialism for the past 400 years…

When we open our eyes today and look around America, we see America not through the eyes of someone who has enjoyed the fruits of Americanism. We see America through the eyes of someone who has been the victim of Americanism. We don’t see any American dream. We’ve experienced only the American nightmare. We haven’t benefited from America’s democracy. We’ve only suffered from America’s hypocrisy. And the generation that’s coming up now can see it. And are not afraid to say it. If you go to jail, so what? If you’re black, you were born in jail.”

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