Vietnam and the Civil Rights Movement Ethan Nadeau

The Vietnam War and the popularity of Martin Luther King Jr. would clash in an encapsulation of the tension between conservative and liberal ideologies during the 1960s.

The Vietnam War required massive funding, and Civil Rights leaders viewed this negatively.

The government saw this as an opportunity to defame Martin Luther King Jr. and other leader.

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights movement clashed with the Vietnam War. A clash between conservative and liberal ideologies ensued.

Many Americans became anti-war after hearing the influential Martin Luther King Jr. deride the war.

"In recent speeches and statements the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has linked his personal opposition to the war in Vietnam with the cause of Negro equality in the United States. The war, he argues, should be stopped not only because it is a futile war waged for the wrong ends but also because it is a barrier to social progress in this country and therefore prevents Negroes from achieving their just place in American life." (Dr. King's Error)

The quote demonstrates the level of King's opposition to the war. It is apparent that the government would not support King; he opposed a major component of the government's brinkmanship policy.

"Dr. Martin Luther King's Vietnam speech was not a sober and responsible comment on the war but a reflection of his disappointment at the slow progress of civil rights and the war on poverty."

The quote displays the viewpoint of the Civil Rights activists. King was not deriding the government from some of their perspectives; he was simply calling attention to the slowdown of the civil rights movement.

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