Thursday, December 11, 2008

"It's Dying - To Get Better"

From Jerry Rubin, an activist, "Don't trust anyone over thirty." A reflection from Former Cop Norm Nelson, "Let’s put it this way, we were ready for those SOBs." Words from Rubin's fellow activist, Abbie Hoffman, "A modern revolutionary group heads for the television station."

In a year of turmoil, 1968 culminated in the meeting of the police and the anti-war demonstrators at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Despite efforts to maintain order, prejudices overpowered the atmosphere and tensions escalated into violence. Was that violence inevitable? The deep felt bigotry in the hearts of both demonstrators and police stewed in anticipation for the week that would forever tarnish the city of Chicago's reputation. What was the point? Who would benefit? Outside the 1968 DNC in Chicago, bigotry avoided the challenge of finding common ground between the demonstrators and police; consequently the opportunity to make real progress in forming a nonviolent humanity was wasted.

1 comment:

steve on the slow train said...

Actually, it was Jack Weinberg, an activist in the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, not Jerry Rubin, who first said "Don't trust anyone over thirty." It was a reaction to a reporter Weinberg thought was trying to link him with old-line Communists.