The coverage for the 50th anniversary of the Selma march was pretty nauseating. "Yahhh, marchers crossed a bridge, got busted up by cops on national television and then days later, LBJ was pushing the Voting Rights Act." It passed, the New Left got rolling and everything is great for blacks now, right? Wrong. That was not up for discussion. Noticing that the black family has been destroyed by LBJ's Great Society amongst other forces is a crime with the punishment being you do not get published in big media. If this feels like a phony celebration for blacks, it is. It is not a celebration for them. It is a celebration for Baby Boomers. This is just one moment on the Baby Boomer farewell tour.
The Boomers, being born from the mid-'40s to the mid-'60s started retiring, if they could, around 2008. The Kennedy nostalgia was in effect for Obama's election as a chance to bring back Camelot as well as reignite those "we were on the good side of history" Civil Rights days. Since then, other events have had their 50th anniversaries to let Boomers reminisce and forget just how wrecked their nation is socially because of their actions. The Silent Generation does not get off scott free, but the Boomers relish in the '60s remember when television specials. For the '65 Selma March, Boomers were college kids, young adults or even kids, but they can all give you the I watched on the television those evil cops. It is a shared moment for them. They knew what was wrong, and thankfully, the government made it right. Now, fifty years later, they can feel satisfied in this memory as their elder generation (bigoted) parents are dead, and hey, a black guy is in the White House.
The Boomer farewell tour really kicked off with the '60s nostalgia partly behind the Obama push, but got in high gear with the weird Beach Boys Grammy's medley when "Good Vibrations" sounded like a funeral dirge. Since then we've had "50th Anniversary JFK", "50th Anniversary the Beatles Land", and so on. It is strange that Boomers and their Silent enablers did not have specials done up this weekend for the 50th Anniversary of Ground Troops in Vietnam. In their defense, the Boomers who are the tastemakers did not serve in Vietnam nor do they want to spotlight their despicable behavior. We cannot get them to admit they supported Pol Pot who only murdered a couple million.
This Boomer farewell tour will continue with made for tv special events like the "50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love", "50th Anniversary of the Chicago Democrat Convention Protests", "50th Anniversary of Woodstock", "50th Anniversary of Kent State", and of course the "50th Anniversary of Watergate". The Boomers will miss the comedy to their vanity with each special. When will it end? My guess is that it will end right at the 250th anniversary of July 4th in 2026 with the "50th Anniversary of Disco", but that will be to market a fashion or music trend and to throw younger Boomers a bone. One long shot to an end to it all would be the USA cracks up, breaks up, and a Governor of a secession republic uses Reagan's '80s election and Morning in America for nostalgia propaganda to the Reagan Democrats (really the Nixon coalition) that set off the '80s.
This truly is selfish and lame because the moment anyone even questions black advances or slides, the call will be "to finish the dream" or "to deliver on the promise" of those days. Scoff at this notion, but does Selma evoke more out of Demarkyus and La'Queneva or out of white Boomers Tom and Sally who left Oberlin and Columbia to be freedom riders and fall in love? Liberal Boomers do not want to be reminded that black "liberation" as they labeled it was the destruction of the black family unit. That destruction created the fertile ground for the crack wars of the '80s and superpredators that criminologists and academics warned everyone about in the early '90s. These back patting, self hugging events will be disgusting for those of us who live amongst the wreckage. We must keep all of this in mind when the bill comes due in the next 15 years for their utopian dreams that begat dystopian mornings.