OCALA, Fla., August 31, 2014 — Everybody seems to be talking about civil rights these days. Last year, the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin seemed rational to many, and yet like an act of white supremacy to others.
These days, the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown is fostering tremendously bitter feelings among those who say that minority males are marked for destruction by an oppressive law enforcement system. Before wading any deeper into the weeds, we must go back to the tune of several decades so our current civil rights climate can be properly understood. T
his leaves us at the Civil Rights Movement, which rose to prominence in the post-World War II-era, but didn’t gain a place in our national mainstream until the late 1950s at earliest.
It wouldn’t come to be widely accepted until the mid-to-late 1960s, and there are some who claim that the Movement still isn’t embraced by many Americans, despite what might be said in public conversation or to an opinion pollster.
So, what sort of legacy has the Civil Rights Movement given America? Two men who not only know a great deal about the Movement, but lived through it are here to share their views on Cotto & Co. first airing on Sunday, August 31, 2014 and then available in archives.
Allan C. Brownfeld is a veteran journalist who, though specializing in Middle Eastern affairs, has covered race relations for decades on end. The American Council for Judaism’s publications editor, he has played a tremendous role in supporting black conservatism and dedicated much of his youth to active participation in civil rights reforms.
Dr. Paul Gottfried is an outspoken paleoconservative intellectual who is the recently retired Horace Raffensperger Professor of Humanities at Lancaster’s Elizabethtown College. His observations of the human condition have generated both accolades and animosity.
Having befriended such figures as Richard Nixon and Herbert Marcuse, the Doctor’s views are not always easy to pin down. Perhaps the only constant is that he calls the shots as he sees them — with no apology.
Both share their views on the next Cotto & Company; a new thirty-minute-or-so online radio program featuring independent voices who shape our society. Regardless of partisan registration, political philosophy, or personal worldview, the goal is sharing diverse, and often innovative, ideas that we all can learn from.
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