What Made the 1960s a Decade of Political Assassinations in the US

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African Americans Marching for Equal Rights During the Civil Rights Movement

The 1960s was a decade of empowerment, but it wasn’t without its demons. If the US took two steps forward with the Civil Rights Movement and Vietnam War protests, it took four—perhaps more—back with the assassinations of the Kennedy brothers, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X.

Read the latest Kennedys and King blog to know what makes this a decade of activism and violence.

The Civil Unrest and Anti-War Movement

While no one knows why some of these political murders happened, we can all agree that the decade overall was quite violent, not just for the US but also for the rest of the world.

In our context, however, it was the resistance and reaction to the struggle for Civil Rights and the anti-Vietnam protests. To have these assassinations happen during such a time is no coincidence. Unfortunately, the Truth behind JFK assassination and all the others that followed is shrouded in mystery but positively crowded with conjecture.

Since making implications is counterproductive to our cause, we’ll revisit the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War protests on their own.

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The Assassination of Most Civil Rights Leaders

The 1960s began with an oath-taking ceremony for America’s 35th President, John F. Kennedy. They continued the almost decade-old struggle for racial equality and the cycle of violence that followed it everywhere.

Between 1955 and 1968, almost all of the prominent figures in the Black Struggle were assassinated, including Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader murdered in his bed by law enforcement.

The Threat to the Status Quo

To understand these senseless killings, one needs to understand those times and the threat these activists posed to white supremacy. Sharing power was never in their plan. If anything, their position thrived on this informal yet well-established class system. The violent reaction of the white elite and their followers only reinforced this idea.

The Same Old Response to a New Threat

The Vietnam War may not be all that different from the wars that preceded or followed it, but it was the first of its kind to unfold in the living rooms of the general public. This naturally led to the Vietnam War protests, whose backlash was relatively less violent but more effective in the long run.

While the demonstrations led to the death of several students and a scientist, they failed to achieve their goals and even lost credibility by the end. This doesn’t change the fact that King openly supported the protestors, some of whom met the same fate as the Civil Rights activists.

Read more about the events surrounding the political assassinations of the 1960s, form an opinion based on facts, and contribute your media for review on our website. Check out declassified documents regarding the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and other leaders who perished during the decade of empowerment and resistance.

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