(EN) – A 1960s Lexicon of Words of Liberation & Self Defense | Horace Mungin

“Violent times such as these, with weekly accounts of police killings of innocent black men and boys, make me think back to the glorious years of the 1960s when black Americans mobilized themselves with action and a language to combat police brutality, inequality, and racism. There wasn’t a singular solid front against police brutality, but a multipronged approach of self-defense developed as a tactic for describing and combating police brutality.
The major organizations under the umbrella of the Civil Rights Movement – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), The Congress On Racial Equality (CORE),  The Southern Christen Leadership Conference (SCLC), The Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and the Urban League – had as a goal the obtainment of equal rights for black Americans, but their efforts drew violent blow-back even violence from the police who you would think would be protecting innocent people trying to obtain justice. So these groups had to invent a language to describe what was happening to them and a language that …”

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