I don’t really like the mainstream contemporary adoration for the Civil Rights movement. It’s not that I don’t support the Civil Rights movement or think that people should not talk about it; quite the opposite, I think that we should learn about more of it, rather than a handful of sanitized, white-washed examples that are typically focused on. But to go a step further, the Civil Rights movement doesn’t represent the only activism that occurred in U.S. history! What about other black rights movements? What about other movements, in general?
Both liberals and conservatives use the Civil Rights movement when debating contemporary protests. Conservatives use the watered-down, revisionist account of the Civil Rights movement to imply that people today are uncivil. Liberals use the mainstream perception of the Civil Rights movement to attempt to showcase conservative hypocrisy.
All I’m really saying is that activism in the U.S. is not limited to the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, or even the women’s suffrage in the 1920s. Activism has always existed. Civil disobedience was always a thing. Debates about civility always occurred. This is not new!