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Defiance Essay

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The spoils of hegemony spread through the American landscape in those ebullient years following World War II. The perks of empire-building abroad translated into an uninterrupted period of economic growth and labor reforms that re-calibrated the national consciousness and allowed, for the first time, the emergence of a middle class with sufficient autonomy and self-awareness to exert political influence and correct the power imbalance that had characterized the first decades of the 20th century. This social Renaissance, however, had been distributed unevenly along racial lines, and no government of the time sought to redress the disparity between white economic advancement and the stagnant conditions imposed on social minorities, ossified as they were by decades of systematic subjugation before society and before the law. Discontent seethed beneath black communities, who felt increasingly isolated -and persecuted- by the same social institutions who had demanded so high a sacrifice during the second World War, a sacrifice summoned and re-visited by the looming threat of a war with Vietnam. The landmark Brown vs. Board of Education was seen by many as a hollow victory, given the lethargic response of the Eisenhower administration to enforce the legislation, particularly in the Southern states where racial tensions, unaddressed by the larger cultural zeitgeist, had metamorphosed into open hostility and palpable contempt. An American president would not align himself with the Civil Rights Movement until John F. Kennedy, who, following the Alabama riots, mounted a federal response and laid the legislative groundwork for the Civil Rights Act, passed by his successor Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. These policy gains, momentous as they were, were nonetheless de-legitimized in the minds of white liberals by Johnson's questionable handling of the Vietnam War, and seen as insufficient by a significant portion of African Americans in dealing with the larger cultural forces that allowed racism and oppression to persist and multiply.
Black communities, thus far unified under Martin Luther King's philosophy of passive resistance, began to fragment along more reactionary lines. By 1966, ideological exiles from the NAACP and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee had coalesced around a radical new direction for black equality: the Black Power Movement. Populated by younger members than its institutional counterparts, the movement was characterized by a militant approach, one where non-violence and appeals to popular conscience were deemed inadequate to deal with the social realities of the time. The black power fist became an emblem for these followers of Malcom X and Stokely Carmichael, symbolizing not a quiet plea for equal rights, but a demand for change through whatever means necessary. Where King had said 'submit', Black Power claimed 'defy'.
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