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Back Then, There Was Blood

December 22, 2007

Recently, I commented over in this thread, excerpted in part:

While the creaky generation of Civil Rights movement era leadership does need to readjust to the times, I think us beneficiaries of their blood and sweat need to be a little more deferential to them. I too often see people like Young being attacked seemingly only on the basis of their role in the “establishment” and out of touch, only half-way listening to what they are actually saying.

Then my Skeptical Brother comes along and presents me with a fine example of what I was talking about.

I know it’s the thing to sneer at the old Civil Rights movement generation. It’s fair to call them out when you think they need it but calling Young a “so-called” Civil Rights leader . . . you do read those books they suggest you read in school, don’t you? At what point does putting your life on the line for a cause earn you respect from those who benefitted?

No matter what Young is saying these days now that he’s old and beholden to the possibility of a White House (might get another nice Ambassadorship should Sen. Clinton win) he was out in the streets with DOGS ON HIS ASS and the smell of burning crosses in the air. All we are doing is sitting behind a f***** computer and tapping out snark as if  someone cares and as if it has any real, tangible influence whatsoever.

I don’t think we’ve earned the stripes to reference Young, or any of the others in that generation as we too often do, with disrespect.

Do we f***** respect anything any more?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Tracy S permalink
    December 26, 2007 5:39 pm

    I don’t have anything to add but agreement. I think you are absolutely correct.

  2. January 3, 2008 10:21 pm

    Respect is important indeed.


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