am knowing this is an unpopular pov, but is our contention the Court were the biggest single obstacle to the civil rights movement. school segregation increased following brown v. board, and so too did race violence. the rate o' voluntary state desegregation were increasing in the south before 1950. unfortunate, in many ways the south ain't never quite recovered from the civil war. a yankee Court in washington dc creating a largely anti-southern policy and and seeming overturning the democratic process? look up the history o' george wallace for some perspective. during wallace's first run for governor, he were endorsed by the naacp. the Court battles led to greater polarization o' southerners. former moderates were forced to pick sides. there were no moderates after 1954. am not saying the Court were the only cause o' polarization, and as noted 'bove, Congress were genuine most at fault for the underlying problems, but the Court added the most fuel to the fire.
europeans is often misled and confused by the labels o' our political parties. when americans speak o' liberal and conservative, they mean something much different than is typical in european political arena. our liberals and conservatives has been for many decades extreme centrist. one reason why europeans were so enamored with obama before he were electected were 'cause he talked like a european socialist. the reality o' obama were a surprise to many. the US political battlefield has been almost comical centrist since the mid-late 1960s... well, at least until midway through obama's second term.
conspiracy nonsense were almost as popular during the 50s and 60s as it is today. polarization and social unrest weren't cause o' alien intervention or shadow wars or fluoride in the water. civil right era polarization were the result o' economic and societal factors made worse by a well-intentioned Court and a handful o' political extremists.
today is different. is not the Court but the POTUS (past and current) who is most obvious responsible for polarization. under obama and trump, americans has become increasing divided, and tweet storms and alternative facts ain't helping. 'course just as Congress were ultimate to blame for not passing the civil rights act(s) earlier, the real cause o' American polarization today is same as it were in the 1950s. Congress allowed the white middle class to become at least subjective disenfranchised, and while obama oversaw an economic recovery which ironic left african americans and other economic disadvantaged groups behind, Congress were ultimate to blame for doing nothing to correct the obvious problems resulting from increased income disparity.
reasoned discourse and debate don't take place at the fringes. the extreme left and right is peopled by true-believers and they is immune to change. not look much further than this board to see how obtuse the folks at the the more extreme ends o' the political spectrum can be.
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