I remember that statement and having a puzzled "really?? When did that happen?" thought pass my mind. The idea of the past coloring our view of the present is weird to me. When the wall came down I was a year old. Russia's just another nation with some major problems for me.
Aware of that. I decided to keep it short or I would have mentioned that as well. I was more interested in the overall patter, which was unsustainable change from extreme actions. Though I disagree about the racist social structure basically still remaining. Ive lived the majority of my life in either Virginia (albeit northern...they're not known for their southern pride) or Texas. Though there are places that I'd definitely never live in because cultural boundaries surrounding race (racial construct is too black or white for someone who is adamantly black and white and neither....get's on your nerves after a while) it's a bit of a pull to states it's basically the same.
Yep...in a sense. My major point was that the second time around it was a movement that was largely from the inside out.
The changes were sustainable and very much needed during the 60's (and before that, as someone mentioned). It was well past time for these changes and they have been very well sustained, even though they were gained by the reactionaries of the day. I very strongly disagree that wrongs should be tolerated for any period of time. Often there is a big price for standing up for what is right (ask our Lord Jesus Christ).