Mildred Bond Roxborough was a longtime secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and traveled throughout the South regularly to help with organizing.
She tells a story about driving through Mississippi with Medgar Evers during a particularly violent time: “We had had two branch presidents who had been killed just before this particular time.
They tried to literally “love your enemies” and practiced pacifism in all circumstances.
But other activists were reluctant to devote their lives to nonviolence, and instead saw it as simply a tactic that could be used at marches and sit-ins to gain sympathy for their cause and hopefully change the attitudes of those who physically attacked them.
In the end, we have to deal with corruption if we are to have any hope of a truly prosperous and secure future.
Furthermore, people actually want us to deal with this problem, every bit as much as they want us to tackle issues like poverty and migration.
For too long it has just been too easy for those in authority to ignore or pretend not to know what is going on.
As David Walsh puts it in his essay: this “longing to indulge the irresponsibility of not knowing” has been the rock upon which corruption is built.
The Hicks family was protected by the Deacons, and Barbara Collins, the daughter of activist Robert Hicks, reflects on her father’s position on armed self-defense in an interview with the family: “And my dad always said, ‘What kind of man –?
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