When the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) gathered in Port Huron, Michigan, it is hard to imagine that they could have anticipated their coming success. On the 56th anniversary of that meeting beside the St. Clair, Americans find that nowhere was the “march through the institutions” more successful than in America’s colleges and universities.
At 25,000 words, the Port Huron Statement drafted on June 15, 1962, is comprehensive. The socialist manifesto touches on everything from the arms race to universal healthcare—but of utmost importance is the doctrine of “black liberation.” Michael Kazin, a Georgetown historian and former member of a militant SDS faction, writes that “the black freedom movement was so pivotal to the birth of a new Left” that it provided the “moral lead, the north star” for radicals. Although written in Spring 2012, the language of black freedom in Kazin’s commemorative column may as well be from the 19th century. Neither the Civil War nor the Civil Rights era succeeded in satiating the radical’s thirst for justice.
On its knees, America must acknowledge that it has always been and remains singularly hostile toward “people of color.” To this end, students across the country are now subject to multicultural studies and to the politics of guilt.
Read the full article in American Greatness.
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