Sunday, March 7, 2010

Fannie Lou Hamer: Speech To The DNC 1964

I dunno how young I was when I first heard about "snick"—SNCC. I probably learned about it the way red diaper babies learn about the Rosenbergs, or rich kids learn about Gstaad. Fannie Lou Hamer should be as famous as Martin Luther King or Rosa Parks.

YouTube - Fannie Lou Hamer: Speech To The DNC 1964


  1. Loved this quote: "a legal lynching which smears with blood a whole nation. By killing the Rosenbergs, you have quite simply tried to halt the progress of science by human sacrifice. Magic, witch-hunts, auto-da-fés, sacrifices — we are here getting to the point: your country is sick with fear... you are afraid of the shadow of your own bomb." - Sartre

    And that the Pope actually tried to do something worthwhile about the matter. :)

  2. Except, of course, that Julius at least was in fact guilty of espionage. One can easily argue that the death penalty itself is barbaric, but given the existence of the death penalty, and its specific mention in the Constitution as regards espionage, one cannot call the execution of the Rosenbergs a lynching.

  3. Joel, it was legal, but you can still talk of the atmosphere of lynching. I become less and less impressed with the law as I grow older.