“Lessons Learned From the Protests of 1968”


Hayden OpEd in THE BOSTON GLOBE
Lessons Learned From the Protests of 1968
‘THE WHOLE world is watching,” the cry from streets of Chicago during the 1968 Democratic National Convention, is being repeated today as Donald Trump appeals to extremism and warns about riots if there is a contested convention this summer. Although it was determined that the demonstrations in ’68 were a “police riot,” voters blamed the protesters and chose Richard Nixon over Hubert Humphrey, with 13 percent voting for the segregationist Governor George Wallace. In today’s campaign, Trump incorporates Nixon’s appeal to the “silent majority” with the menacing qualities of a Wallace rally. He flirts with the Ku Klux Klan, calls Mexican immigrants rapists and murderers, pledges to deport Muslims and other immigrants, disdains Megyn Kelly for “bleeding from wherever,” glorifies punching anyone who disturbs his peace, and scapegoats those protesting his views for taking away his right to free speech.

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I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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