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Unformatted text preview: on that there remained a discernable quantum of ethics in the U.S. writ large (and here I am speaking of everyone from
Martin Luther King, Jr., prior to his 1968 shift, to the Tom Hayden wing of SDS, to thebn Julian Bond and Marion Barry faction of SNCC, to Bobbie Kennedy
Democrats) were accountable, in their rhetorical machinations, to the paradigmatic zeitgeist of the Black Panthers, the
American Indian Movement, and the Weather Underground. Radicals and progressives could deride, reject, or
chastise armed struggle mercilessly and cavalierly with respect to tactics and the possibility o f “success,” but they
could not dismiss revolution-as-ethic because they could not make a convincing case—by way of a paradigmatic
analysis—that the U.S. was an ethical formation and still hope to maintain credibility as radicals and progressives.
Even Bobby Kennedy (a U.S. attorney general and presidential candidate) mused that the law and its enforcers had no ethical standing in the presence of Blacks. One
could (and many did) acknowledge America’s strength and power. This seldom, however, rose to the level of an ethical assessment, but rather remained an assess...
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- Spring '14