The essential strategy of civil rights movements in the U.S. was the American World War II and Cold War warriors was to try to manage and control the efforts of racial relations. The twin efforts of the anti-colonial and civil rights movements in the U.S., and the resistance they encountered from white settlers in Africa, and white African Americans, presented the U.S. government with a dilemma. This conundrum was immensely complicated by the onset of the World War II and Cold War. The American practice of the World War II and Cold War was grounded in the central belief that the liberal, democratic, capitalist order of the United States represented a more open and humane society than that of Communist states.
Civil Rights Movement
The indispensable strategy of the movements of the civil rights in the United States was the American World War II and Cold War warriors was to try to manage and control the efforts of racial relations in America internally between the African American and the whites, thereby minimizing provocation to the forces of white supremacy and colonialism while encouraging gradual change. The relatively small percentage of non-white Americans could be reasonably accommodated within the flexible structure of American democracy. But the more revolutionary situations in much of the Third World proved harder to control, as even deeper racial divisions of wealth and power alienated nonwhite majorities from their colonial and white settler overlords. White violence against civil rights movements in the U.S. organizers in the American South also threatened to limit Third World sympathies with the West in the World War II and Cold War. They hoped effectively to contain racial polarization and build the largest possible multiracial, anti-communist coalition under American leadership. This effort proved generally more successful at home than abroad.
The potential for racial conflicts that might derail the African American and the whites' pursuit of a First World and the third World alliance was most evident in southern Africa, where white settlers dug their heels in for a last-stand defense of white privilege.
Racial Issues in America
The story of domestic race relations in America internally between the African American and the whites over the past half-century has had a particular geography. The narrative encompasses most of the globe, as does the reach of U.S. power, but the ...