Why We Need Acceptance More Than Ever (by David R.)

| New Internationalist | by David Rausch |

A black woman saving the life of an alleged KKK member from a mob during anti-KKK protests in 1996. The subsequent photos were part of Life Magazine’s “Picture of the Year”, and the woman, Keisha Thomas was later interviewed on the Oprah Winfrey Show. The story is reminiscent of a time when race relations and political differences led to all-out violence in Americas cities; during the civil rights movement, protesters, both black and white, were attacked, detained and even brutally murdered for their political beliefs.

freedom_riders An attack on the Freedom Riders in Anniston, Alabama.

One example of violence towards protesters is that of the Freedom Riders, groups of both black and white civil rights protesters who’s journey through the desegregated south was cut short on the 14th of May, 1961, when their Greyhound bus was firebombed in Alabama by members of the Ku Klux Klan. Though all American Citizens have the…

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