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Breaking the Silence

What's Behind the Wave of Police, Security, and
Vigilante Killings of Black People?

Racist Violence: Then and Now

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of the longer interview
with Professor Brittain here

“Terrorism in America did not start with the attacks on September 11, 2001,” Brittain told reporter Chip Berlet. “For some of us, the original terrorism in this country began against Africans and African slaves, and African-Americans, even after slavery ended.”

According to Brittain, “there is some parallelism between the lack of enforcement of crimes based upon hatred in the 1950s and 1960s and the exuberance to investigate potential terrorists’ attacks here in the United States but not look at those original legacies of White terrorism from then until now of killings of non-Whites and Jews and others based upon hatred.”

Today, attorney John Brittain sees echoes of his civil rights work in the 1960s in terms of the public and media perceptions of violence and repression in America.

Brittain does not hesitate to use the word terrorism to describe the recent White Supermacist killings in Kansas.

After a long and distinguished career, Brittain is now a law professor at University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, and former chief legal counsel for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under Law. The group was started after President John F. Kennedy asked what private attorneys were doing to protect civil rights in the south.

In 1969 Brittain, a slight and dapper young Black law school graduate was sent by the Lawyers Committee to run a civil rights legal office in Jackson, Mississippi. Despite passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Black people, especially in the South, still faced the lingering racism and repression of Jim Crow, the informal yet powerful system by which Blacks were kept subjugated by White power structures.

These resources compiled at the request of the Spirit House Project for a
National Teach-In, Worship Service, and Candlelight Vigil
held On April 22, 2014, in Washington, DC
(a copy of the event poster is here)

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