This documentary film was shot in 1965 in Natchez, Mississippi and first released in the Fall of 1967. It features the Deacons for Defense and Justice, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and Mississippi Freedom Democrat Party-- among other organizations.
May 14, 2020 Subject:
TOMMY J CURRY [n. Film not in sync]
Oprah may have had a curious show following the OJ Simpson acquittal yet when you review the catalogue of Donahue you have to concede he really pushed for conflicting ideas and alternative views. This channel alongside the history declassified one has much useful material and should be considered alongside Lance Hill's material on the deacons for defence
In his introduction to Deacons For Defence [and Justice] he writes:
King was acutely aware of these white fears of violence, and in his first and most important book, Stride toward Freedom, published in 1958, he adamantly argued that the civil rights movement had to adopt nonviolence if it wanted to win over northern whites. ‘‘Only through a nonviolent approach can the fears of the white community be mitigated,’’ argued King. ‘‘A guilt-ridden white minority lives in fear that if the Negro should ever attain power, he would act without restraint or pity to revenge the injustices and brutality. . . . Many white men fear retaliation. The job of the Negro is to show them that they have nothing to fear, that the Negro understands and forgives and is ready to forget the past.’’
‘‘Bomb our homes and threaten our children; send your hooded perpetrators of violence into our communities and drag us out on some wayside road, beating us half dead, and we will still love you. But we will soon wear you down by our capacity to suffer.’’
Minister Malcolm mocked this capacity to love when he spoke of the need to "suffer peacefully" itself provoking reflection on 'The Moral Masochism at the Heart of Christianity' . Maybe this explains why Rodney King called for an end to the violence on May 1, 1992: "People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along?
In April 1963, in his Letter From A Birmignham Jail:
"First, I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can't agree with your methods of direct action;" who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait...
In his essay “The August 28th March on Washington: The Castrated Giant” (1964), in Duties, Pleasures, Conflicts: Essays in Struggle, Ekwueme Michael Thelwell wrote
"This exploitation of so many angry and sincere people, whose indignation was misrepresented as some kind of testimonial for the SYSTEM that had oppressed them, and against which they were protesting, must qualify as one of the greatest and most shameless manipulations of recent years."