Theoharis focuses on a particular day in 2013 as embodying the issues surrounding the politicization of the memory of the civil rights movement. As a statue of Rosa Parks was being dedicated in the Capitol, the Supreme Court heard arguments in the case that would ultimately result in the overturning of major parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, with the reasoning that racism was a thing of the past. Theoharis argues that this intersection was “not merely ironic but emblematic of a larger politics of historical memory at work for a nation that wanted to place this history firmly in the past and diminish the vision of its heroes now put on pedestals.”
This course has explore how these distortions are created, and the impact that they have on the way we understand the civil rights movement. Perhaps most significantly for your generation, as Theoharis argues “the mythologies…get in the way of seeing the continuities between these struggles, the shoulders current movements stand on, and the ways people can learn from past struggles to approach the problems we face as a nation today”
Please answer following questions on your own words with 250 words
What continuities do you see between the civil rights movement and protest movements today like Black Lives Matter, the Dreamers, the Anti-DAPL pipeline protest, Extinction Rebellion, Me Too etc? How could we learn from the struggles of the “actual civil rights movement” ways to approach the major issues we face today such as continued school and residential segregation, mass incarceration, immigration, sexual harassment, to name a few?
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