The struggle continues. This article opens the door, but refuses to pass through the media Jeddi mind trick on political assassination. The article gets hung up on “black power,” with which King, as glossed-over as is his common historical perception may be, did actually have to confront. However, the important point is that King had the power to hold a coalition together, and the civil rights movement, even and especially after the VRA, when intersecting with the anti-war movement, was proving enough critical mass that at least one wing of the political establishment was starting to listen and adapt. The political assassinations of King and Kennedy in 1968 ended that, which is not to ignore Malcolm X. The lesson that these political assassinations were a necessary condition, or an historical precursor, that enable Nixon’s Southern Strategy to succeed is completely missing. The conspiratorial forethought and sociopolitical strategy behind them has been aired out in court, particularly in Judge Joe Brown’s Memphis courtroom, where the King family won their case.
It is also extremely interesting that despite King himself speaking about Southern anti-race-extremism and the countering use of propaganda to instigate hostilities during the last half of the 1800s, this article cites prior scholarly work that frames the civil rights movement as dating back to the 1930s. King might have asked, “What happened to the Civil Rights Movement before the 1930s?” C. Vann Woodward’s historical analysis, “The Strange Career of Jim Crow,” should be required reading.