25 October, 2020

It's All Guns And No Roses

In unequal American society, reclaiming self-worth is an uphill climb for blacks. But their rage against racist attacks is off the route-map.

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It's All Guns And No Roses
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2016-07-18T16:37:55+05:30

The spark behind the latest bouts of race violence in the US, leading to the shooting down of five police off­icers in Dallas, was not a singular one: it was an accumulation of collective rage over a largely white police force’s treatment of blacks. It brought back to me the time I had gone to see Martin Luther King, Jr. in his office in Montgomery, Alabama. It was 1957 and I saw signs that said “colored lunch” (I hadn’t realised lunch could be coloured) as I proceeded to my destination. I waited in his secretary’s room until he emerged from a meeting. He was affable and sat for a while kidding his fetching secretary. He told me he could not grant me an int­erview because he needed to go home to nurse a bad cold.

I had thought it odd at the time that he should treat a rare visit by an Indian reporter so cavalierly when he often evoked Gandhi’s name in embracing non-vio­lence. I was also chagrined to discover later that he had time to meet a Hollywood producer the same evening!

Those were strange days for me. In New...

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