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Mumia Abu-Jamal -- In the Shadow of Brown

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Published on Jun 19, 2006

Years later, in my private studies, I learned that *Brown* wasn't decided because of the educational needs, or violated rights, of Black citizens, but because of the ideological needs of the U.S. government, which was trying to present a false face to much of the Third World, many of whom were horrified at the images of dark-skinned people brutalized by racist cops for trying to get a decent education.

In 1952, US Secretary of State Dean Acheson submitted a letter to the US Supreme Court, noting that "the continuation of racial discrimination is a source of constant embarrassment to this government ... and it jeopardizes the effective maintenance of our moral leadership of the free and democratic nations of the world."(1)

*Brown*, then, was a propaganda victory, designed to defeat rhetorical attacks from the communist countries, which argued that the U.S. was a violent, racist nation.

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