Monday, July 19, 2004

Stop telling lies about the 1960s

Before then, magistrates and juries would routinely accept the mendacious word of an arresting copper, rather than the testimony of an innocent defendant. The stress on wrongful arrest didn't arise because of some antiestablishment caprice, but out of the bloody wrongful arrests!

—David Aaronovitch, in The Guardian.

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Isn’t it about time that everyone just got over the myths about the 1960s (and early 1970s) and started looking back upon that era with clear eyes? Yes, there was excess, but there were also tremendous advances in human rights. Have we forgotten that black Americans could not be assured of being able to exercise their Constitutionally-guaranteed right to vote before the Voting Right Act was passed? Have we forgotten the advances in civil rights (for people of color, women, gay men, lesbians, and the disabled) made during that era? Have we forgotten that public pressure forced the U.S. government to end the Vietnam War?

The world changed. Get used to it. You’ve had forty years to adjust.

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