history repeating it's self....After the Civil War, the Democratic Party opened up its doors to Blacks who were willing to be political pawns. Stated differently, Blacks had duties but not rights in the Democratic Party. Blacks could elect candidates but they could not select them. Until 1944, Blacks were unable to get around the “white primary”.
Before 1965, unintelligent Blacks in the South were unable to register and enroll in the Democratic Party. After 1965, all ignorant Blacks nationwide were encouraged to join the Democratic Party. Whites finally realized that ignorance breeds fear. Terrorism had been an effective tool. The KKK had practiced free speech and free associations.
White merchants in Harlem openly practiced racial discrimination until the 1940′s. Sufi Abdul Hamid organized and led a boycott against these merchants in 1934. He was joined by John H. Johnson and the Citizens League for Fair Play. White merchants responded by obtaining a court order which ruled that Blacks must finance their own oppression. This court order ended the boycott.
In 1938, Rev. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. initiated a second boycott of Harlem merchants. Before he initiated this boycott, he had retained Belford V. Lawson, a Black attorney, to challenge white opposition to the use of a boycott as a tool to combat white racism. Lawson was successful in the U.S. Supreme Court and his effort connected the “Harlem Boycott” to the “Montgomery Bus Boycott”.
Blacks are financing their own oppression today because “history is repeating itself”. They have no memory of the “Harlem Boycott” of 1938 and faint memory of the “Montgomery Bus Boycott” in 1955. To move forward, an ethnic group must be able to understand its history and to connect the dots. This requires a fundamental knowledge of history.
SONICFILTH AND NJRAIDER1
Another indication that progress is being made was found in the recent presidential election in the United States. The American people revealed great maturity by overwhelmingly rejecting a presidential candidate who had become identified with extremism, racism, and retrogression. The voters of our nation rendered a telling blow to the radical right. They defeated those elements in our society which seek to pit white against Negro and lead the nation down a dangerous Fascist path.
Martin Luther King, Nobel Lecture: The Quest for Peace and Justice, 1964