From The Washington Post:
The nation is on edge. Police shootings of black men have prompted civil rights protests across the country. Last week a deranged shooter saying he wanted to “kill white people, especially white police officers” fatally shot five police officers in Dallas and wounded seven more.
The unrest is prompting some observers to compare the present day to 1968, a year marked by protests, riots and deadly encounters between black citizens and police. This past weekend an enterprising Redditor was curious about the parallels and took to the popular AskReddit section of the site to pose the following question to the community’s 12.2 million users: “Redditors who lived through the civil rights movement and societal upheaval in the 60s, how does what is going on now compare?”
The answers, many of them thoughtful and illuminating (though unverifiable, given Reddit’s anonymity), offer a qualitative historical perspective on today’s civil unease. Sifting through all of them, a few common themes emerge. (All quotes are exact, including spelling and grammatical errors.)
1. In the 1960s, many Americans openly encouraged violence against protestors.
“I clearly remember my parents and their friends sitting around the kitchen table having a lively discussion/debate about the pros and cons of killing all the protesters,” recalls fishingman, who grew up “in a rural poor white family in Minnesota.” He adds: “Some of the more conservative men kept saying the national guard should just come in with machine guns and ‘mow down all the hippies and n*****s’.” The more “moderate” adults in the room argued that “we probably don’t have to kill all of them, just the agitators.”
“When we would see protests on TV, my mom would always go ‘they should …