LBJ & Media Love Affair is Dishonest
There is a lot of coverage of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and the “We shall overcome” speech by President Johnson.
What you will not hear about -from the mainstream media- is the crushing failure of much of LBJ’s “Great Society.”
By 1968 hundreds of American cities were burning. Racial and anti-war riots were rocking the core of the American spirit. Assassinations fueled the fires.
Johnson had put over 500,000 men and women in Vietnam. 90% of public schools in the South remained segregated. It would take a Republican-Richard Nixon- to desegregate the public schools of the South. The nation was coming apart. Tommie Smith and John Carlos highlighted the growing inequality in America in dramatic fashion at the 1968 Summer Olympics with beads to symbolize lynchings and black gloved salutes that shook the nation.
Johnson decided not to run for office again and the police beat American citizens senseless at the Chicago Democratic convention. The social contract and social fabric was torn asunder as the nation -and race relations- spun out of control. In 1968- LBJ dithered while America burned.