Category Archives: Civil rights movement

Oprah compares Florida shooting activists to civil rights pioneers

Winfrey calls survivors ‘warriors of the light’ and draws parallels with protests of 1950s and 60s

Oprah Winfrey has praised survivors of this month’s Florida school shooting who have channeled angst into activism for gun control, calling them “warriors of the light” and comparing them to civil rights pioneers.

Seventeen people were killed on 14 February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland. The massacre has sparked calls for walkouts, sit-ins and other actions on school campuses across the US and prompted unusually sustained debate among politicians of both parties about the possibility of gun law reform.

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Big business is hijacking our radical past. We must stop it | Gary Younge

Ram Trucks distorted a Martin Luther King sermon to sell its cars. This is how the establishment whitewashes history

In 1966, shortly before Martin Luther King branded America “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today” and insisted “capitalism forgets that life is social”, a Gallup poll showed two thirds of Americans viewed him unfavourably. In 1999, when Gallup asked Americans for the most admired figures of the 20th century, King came second to Mother Teresa. When his monument went up on the National Mall in Washington in 2011, 91% of Americans approved.

Related: If Martin Luther King Jr were alive today, politicians would denounce him | Steven W Thrasher

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