— from – ​Martin Luther ​King​, Jr.​ helped popularize the phrase and idea…

#MartinLutherKingJrDay 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾 — @Regranned from @theatlantic – ​Martin Luther ​King​, Jr.​ helped popularize the phrase and idea of “white backlash” during the civil-rights era, after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed, and after which Democrats, including President Johnson, feared a strong mobilization of white voters against the reform. “A section of the white population, perceiving Negro pressure for change, misconstrues it as a demand for privileges rather than as a desperate quest for existence,” King wrote in the Saturday Evening Post in November 1964. “The ensuing white backlash intimidates government officials who are already too timorous, and, when the crisis demands vigorous measures, a paralysis ensues.”​ Read Vann Newkirk’s “Five Decades of White Backlash,” on how President Trump is the embodiment of over 50 years of resistance to the policies Martin Luther King Jr. fought to enact​. 📷: J. Scott Applewhite / AP – #regrann — #ColinKaepernick #NFL #KnowYourRights #KnowYourRightsCamp #BlackLivesMatter #DoingBigThings #BlackGirlsRock #BlackGirlMagic #BlackBoyJoy #BlackJoy #BlackExcellence #BlackGirlsWhoBlog #BlacksWhoBlog #TakeAKnee #TakeTheKnee


Updated: March 31, 2018 — 7:54 am

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