Another 60's liberal swings right
Arnold Trebach has this must-read piece about the corruption of the civil rights industry over at Pajamas Media. The number of former “democratic” liberals who were active in the civil rights cause who are shocked today at the turn the movement has taken is fascinating. Chris Coates, David Horowitz and PJM’s own Roger Simon are but three I have met in recent years. I write about why in my new book Injustice:
In the 1960s, the modern civil rights movement pricked the conscience of America. In the face of bitter and sometimes violent resistance, its brave adherents paved the way for Congress‟s passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which finally knocked down the walls of legal discrimination. After 189 years, Thomas Jefferson‟s prose of 1776—that all men are created equal—was transformed from an aspiration to a legal truth. . . . But somewhere along the way, the civil rights movement transformed into something wholly different. It abandoned its commitment to legal equality and inter-racial harmony, adopting instead the ignoble goals of racial entitlements, race-based preferences, and unequal enforcement of federal law. The quintessential civil rights group, the NAACP, is a thoroughly different creature today than the eminent organization that led the nation in fighting lynching and supporting legal equality—it is now almost indistinguishable from the galaxy of organizations that comprise the racial grievance industry.
Add Trebach to the list of those whose eyes have opened.