Rush Limbaugh Displays Ignorance On Motivations Of Civil Rights Movement
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Rush Limbaugh's ignorance over the civil rights movement was on full display as he claimed that the movement was "about one thing - and that was integration."
On his radio program, Limbaugh attempted to draw distinctions between the 1963 March on Washington and the event's 50th anniversary. Limbaugh claimed he intended to ignore the anniversary celebrations but said "if you want to sum up what's really wrong with all this, Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights coalition of his era was about one thing - and that was integration":
Limbaugh's analysis of the civil rights movement shows a shocking disinterest in the breadth of what the activists of that era were fighting for.
The title of the 1963 march was the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The final manual for the march included a list of demands which included topics not limited to integration. Topics such as an increase in the minimum wage, a broadened Fair Labor Standards Act, and a federal Fair Employment Practices Act to bar discrimination by employers, both public and private, were listed among the demands of the marchers: