Moving on from the Norway shooting …
In my travels across Georgia and Alabama, I can’t help but marvel at how effective SNCC was in this area – the shock troops of the Civil Rights Movement – with their Alinsky inspired community organizing tactics.
SNCC came to cities like Selma, Haneyville, Birmingham, Albany, and Montgomery where they burrowed into the local black community, connected with a mass constituency, and mobilized it to make history.
Why are cities like Tuskegee and Selma getting showered with all this “stimulus package” money through “community development block grants”? Because they now have one of their own in the White House in addition to all their veterans like Rep. John Lewis (a “Freedom Rider”) in Congress.
In later years, SNCC was swept up in the “black power” vanguard nonsense that was being preached by worthless black nationalists like Malcolm X, which destroyed the organization. Yet we really have the pre-1965 SNCC to thank for the Selma campaign which produced the Voting Rights Act.
I’ve said a lot of negative things about African-Americans, but practical politics happens to be one area where they clearly have some genuine talent. When it comes to seizing power and holding onto it, you must admit that black people are clearly much better at that than we are.
Johnny Ford, the Mayor of the Swift Growing South, has more than forty years of government experience, in spite of having presided over Tuskegee’s economic miracle. How does he do it?
There was a time when the Alabama Black Belt was a segregationist stronghold. Selma was the strongest citadel of the Citizens’ Council in Alabama. SNCC that changed all that.
It was people like Bob Moses who went into the most hostile counties in America (Mississippi, in his case) on their own initiative. They were usually the ones who started BRA’s revolution on the ground here.
I can admire the accomplishment without agreeing with it. If we had more people like Bob Moses and fewer Hyperborean aristocrats, we might actually start getting somewhere.
Lest anyone accuse me of “anti-intellectualism,” I will note that Moses had an M.A. from Harvard in philosophy, but he was inclined toward doing some real field work. Strangely enough, this one man built the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi, almost by himself.
Bob Moses was far more effective than Anders Behring Breivik. And so, while I completely understand where Breivik is coming from, who hasn’t felt that rage at seeing the destruction of their hometown by corrupt public officials, I don’t think his tactics are applicable in the Deep South, and I think it makes more sense to practice non-violence here.
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