It’s No Ordinary Love
Chapter Six Love Is a Task: Say It Giovanni, Say It Baldwin
The civil rights movement (1950s through the mid-1970s) represented a religious and spiritual approach that forced America to examine its own hypocrisy relative to freedom, bravery, and creed, which were undermined by economic, cultural, political, and social discretions that failed to deliver the promise of full participation in pursuit of the American Dream. Due to the civil rights movement, America’s free society, democratic image had been supplanted by the hypocrisy of chastising other nations for their human rights offenses while acting as a superpower that was saturated with politicking with blacks over civil concessions, when the larger issue was human deservedness, citizen entitlements, and full engagement in a democracy (Branch and Jackson 2020; Cureton, 2020, 2011; Meier and Rudwick 1970; and Clark 1966). The civil rights movement was relatively successful in securing some measure of civil privileges afforded to citizens (e.g., the right to public accommodation, education, living arrangements, employment, and non-discriminatory practices in life and leisure). The movement brought about the opportunity for integration and assimilation and alternatively created an intra-racial stratified class and cast black colony because of black flight. Black ←95 | 96→ flight is a complete economic, social, cultural, and residential distancing by middle-class blacks from communities where residents were not in a position to take advantage of the opportunity to fully participate in the employment industry because of educational, vocational, and skill development deficiencies. Black flight was so devastating to those blacks left behind that communities became un-settled, collectively resource strained, fragmented and ultimately vulnerable to...
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