I Think We Need Another Word for “Boycott”

Some black activists announced this week that they would not attend the Oscars because there weren’t enough blacks nominated.  They try to compare their plight to that of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others who participated in the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955. However, there’s never been a bigger contrast.

In 1955, blacks were denied seats on buses. How much less would they have been welcomed at the Oscars?  In 1955, blacks were beaten and lynched at the hands of racists who knew they would never be brought to justice.  Today, the “victims” are millionaires, disgruntled that the black millionaires aren’t getting as much publicity as the white millionaires.  I think we need another word for “boycott”–and “victims.”

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