A friend of mine a long while ago sent me a book she had just finished reading: Tom Brokaw’s ‘BOOM!: Talking About the Sixties’. https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16425745 I was born in 1960 so my perspective on the Sixties comes from a different angle than Brokaw’s, but my mom and dad were savvy people and we caught bits and pieces – as well as long diatribes – on things happening at the time.
I was affected by the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. (I did not realize the Kennedy’s had ten children at the time of his death in his early forties and one on the way!!) It is interesting and informative to read the details surrounding those tragedies. I have to say those three deaths – the two Kennedys and Dr. King – have always struck me as strangely connected and convenient regarding the furthering of building a more humane humanity.
Though I’m only a few chapters in, there is one conjecture Brokaw makes that is sits up in my craw: that people with great power in favor of not living side by side harmoniously with other people whose skin is a darker shade than theirs in the Sixties sought to capitalize on the unfounded fears of poor ‘whites’ who believed – and were told – those with skin darker than theirs were ruining everything.
Sounds all too familiar.