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Barry’s Blog # 228: The Civil Rights Movement in American Myth, Part Four of Four

Part Four: Fifty Years Later Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in April of 1968 marked the end of the Civil Rights movement. What has changed since then? Few would deny that significant, fundamental transformation has occurred in American race relations … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 227: The Civil Rights Movement in American Myth, Part Three of Four

Part Three: Conflicting Images of the Other in the South Q: What’s the difference between ignorance and apathy? A: I don’t know and I don’t care! The old joke comes close to explaining the stunning combination of racial animosity and … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 226: The Civil Rights Movement in American Myth, Part Two of Four

Part Two: Red, White and Black Genocide of the Native Americans (the outer Other) created two problems for the white imagination, and for its economy: it didn’t leave enough survivors to be identified as Other, and it didn’t leave enough … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 225: The Civil Rights Movement in American Myth, Part One of Four

Part One: The Mythological and Psychological Background  Southern trees bear strange fruit Blood on the leaves and blood at the root Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees…   – Billy Holiday From the … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 224: The Hero Must Die, Part Four of Four

PART FOUR – THE PARADOX OF THE OUTSIDER The redemption hero, like the Christ, always comes from outside the community. And like the Christ, he leaves once his work is done. He must leave; redemption mythology requires that since he … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 223: The Hero Must Die, Part Three of Four

PART THREE – THE PRESIDENTIAL HERO Enter George W. Bush the Cowboy, as he often did in public appearances. We saw him staged, the first President to appear this way (and each of his successors has retained this public style), … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 222: The Hero Must Die, Part Two of Four

PART TWO – THE REDEMPTION HERO Joseph Campbell found his three-phase “monomyth” of the hero in almost all cultures; everywhere, that is, except in America. Why is this so? America lacks its own indigenous myths, except of course for the … Continue reading

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