Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Historical Perspective

Segregation was the civil war’s long tail. In 1963, two years after the mock inauguration of Jefferson Davis, George Wallace, Alabama’s governor, stood on those same capitol steps and declared that “from this cradle of the Confederacy, this very heart of the great Anglo-Saxon Southland…I say segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation for ever.” Segregation was so unjust that it is easy to see it as inevitably doomed. It was not. It took blood and struggle to end it. But ended it was, and two decades later Wallace himself, the face of segregation, apologised for his words.

The civil war: Finally passing | The Economist

This resonates with what is going on the Middle East currently. As people are waking up and demanding their rights for freedom and democracy, we are beginning to wonder how it seemed acceptable all this time for dictatorships to exist and be considered normal in our part of the world!

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