Well folks, it’s Martin Luther King’s Birthday, and you all know what that means don’t you?
Yes it’s time for the media to Celebrate White People !
And what better example of this then “Tape Shows JFK Fumed Over Rights Pressures” signed by one Theo Emery of the Associated Press ?
But of course, Kennedy being Kennedy, he was there precisely in order to mince words.
Most recordings of other civil right rights-related meetings in the Kennedy White House were released in the 1980s, but this one was discovered only in the last month among tapes captured on the White House recording system being examined for declassification, said Maura Porter, head of the library’s “Declassification Unit.”
“This is the only meeting that I know of where you have much more of a give-and-take, and I think he’s being terribly honest about what he would like to accomplish, but the reality is he can’t do it at the pace that everyone would like,” Porter said.
But the reality is Kennedy is a politician and he has no intention of doing anything that would lose him the South.
The photo of the lunging police dog perfectly epitomized the atmosphere at the time, said Horace Huntley, director of the Oral History Project at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
“The picture is very, very symbolic of exactly what was going on in Birmingham in that particular time and space,” Huntley said.
Uh, no. The photo became symbolic when Warhol silk-screened it for a canvas tellingly entitled “Race Riot.” As a photo it’s plainly and simply a fact.
But Kennedy is not a fact when dealt with by the press. He’s a symbol.
In prescient comments, he told the ADA members that things were “coming to a head” in the South and were likely to get “much worse,” but he lamented the federal government’s lack of legal authority to intervene in Birmingham.
But Huntley questioned Kennedy’s words, saying the federal government was well aware what was happening and could have done more.
The Kennedy administration had sent federal marshals to protect Freedom Riders demonstrating for civil rights in 1961, and to enforce the desegregation of the University of Mississippi in 1962.
“Just look at what was taking place, and what simply was not being done. I don’t buy the statement that ‘my hands are tied, I can’t do anything about Birmingham, Alabama, and the South,’ because laws were being broken,” Huntley said.
And neither does anyone else with an ounce of sense or a scintilla of moral fibre. So where does this story’s headline come from?
Pure status quo ideology of course.
When one ADA member urged him to speak to the nation about civil rights, Kennedy interrupted, saying his administration had “shoved and pushed.”
“I think we have worked hard on civil rights. I think it’s a national crisis,” Kennedy insisted.
Now why am I reminded of George W. Bush?
Becuase of the urging of a real “Civil Rights President,” named Lyndon Johnson.
But we’re all supposed to ignore that.