The SPLC is attempting to drag us into the debate about Baby Boomers:
“Brad Griffin AKA Hunter Wallace of Occidental Dissent and the Neo-Confederate League of the South, made his own attempt at Spencer’s banal point three months earlier in a slew of tweets titled “The Truth About Selma,” depicting a road-trip from the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery through the rural Black Belt.
This acknowledgement of poor and working-class woes, blindered by a strict focus on race, is a favorite recruitment strategy of the hallucinatory chess masters of the marginal right. Its success has been notably invisible. …”
No, I haven’t named the Boomer.
I said that lots of Baby Boomers came to the South from the North and West to participate in the Selma-to-Montgomery March. At the same time, the most notable civil rights activists who came to Alabama like James Zwerg, Viola Liuzzo and James Reeb weren’t Baby Boomers.
I don’t blame Baby Boomers for the Civil Rights Movement. The oldest Baby Boomers weren’t eligible to vote when the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed. The 26th Amendment, which lowered the minimum voting age to 18, wasn’t passed until 1971 and was a reaction to the Vietnam War.
The Civil Rights Movement in the United States was the work of the Greatest Generation and Silent Generation. It would be unfair to blame our grandparents though for the triumph of integration. At least in the South, the Greatest Generation and Silent Generation overwhelmingly opposed the Civil Rights Movement. Southerners in Congress voted down the Civil Rights Right Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Immigration Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968.
We got all of these things because the existence of the Union. Northerners and Westerners in Congress had the votes to overcome the Southern filibusters of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Supreme Court imposed integration on the South in the Brown v. Board and Loving v. Virginia decisions. That wasn’t the work of the Baby Boomers either.
Are the Baby Boomers completely innocent then?
I’m not saying that either. The great change in White racial attitudes occurred in the South in the 1970s and 1980s. It occurred in the North and West a generation earlier in the 1940s and 1950s. The North and West imposed its new racial values on the South from the Smith v. Allwright decision in 1944 until the Fair Housing Act of 1968. The Southern Boomers conformed to a cultural change they really had nothing to do with and which was imposed on them by the federal government.
I don’t bash the Baby Boomers because the real changes occurred in America a generation earlier. It was the Truman administration that launched desegregation. This had more to do with the Greatest Generation and its experience in the Second World War and the conflict with the Soviet Union in the Cold War. The college campuses that poisoned the minds of the Boomers were hijacked a generation earlier and the outpouring of propaganda in the mass media was the work of their parents.
Americans have been becoming more liberal for generations. This has been going on for too long and in too many places to be the fault of any one generation. Millennials are even more liberal than the Baby Boomers. The same mistakes have been repeated in other countries. That’s because the real problem is liberal democracy. The logic of the system is what is ultimately driving these changes.