“WE IN DETROIT CALLED IT THE REBELLION.” Grace Lee Boggs

“WE IN DETROIT CALLED IT THE REBELLION.”

From “Bill Moyers Journal” (broadcast on PBS, June 5, 2007):
http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/06152007/watch3.html

grace_livingBILL MOYERS: Let me take you back to that terrible summer of 1967, when
Detroit erupted into that awful riot out there.

GRACE LEE BOGGS: I ask you to think about your calling it a riot.

BILL MOYERS: What would you call it?

GRACE LEE BOGGS: We in Detroit called it the rebellion.

BILL MOYERS: The rebellion?

GRACE LEE BOGGS: And because we understand that there was a righteousness
about the young people rising up — it was a rising up, it was a standing
up, by young people.

BILL MOYERS: Against?

GRACE LEE BOGGS: Against both the police, which they considered an
occupation army, and against what they sensed had become their
expendability because of high-tech. That what black people had been valued
for, for hundreds of years, only for their labor, was now being taken away
from them.

BILL MOYERS: And you think that this question of work was at the heart of
what happened– or it was part of what happened in Detroit that summer?

GRACE LEE BOGGS: I don’t think it’s that they were conscious of it, but I
thought– what I saw happen was that young people who recognized that
working in the factory was what had allowed their parents to buy a house,
to raise a family, to get married, to send their kids to school, that was
eroding. They felt that– no one cares anymore.

GRACE LEE BOGGS: And what we tried to do is explain that a rebellion is
righteous, because it’s the protest by a people against injustice, because
of unrighteous situation, but it’s not enough. You have to go beyond
rebellion. And it was amazing, a turning point in my life, because until
that time, I had not made a distinction between a rebellion and revolution.
And it forced us to begin thinking, what does a revolution mean? How does
it relate to evolution?

From “Bill Moyers Journal” (broadcast on PBS, June 5, 2007):
http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/06152007/watch3.html


Rich Feldman
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