Why did Martin Luther King Jr's Chicago Campaign fail?  

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I think that one particular reason why the Chicago Campaign in 1966 fell short was because the racism Dr. King sought to counter in the North was much more insidious and challenging than that of the South.  The overt racism in the South was a force that could be easily identified.  Lynchings, the Klan, racist authority structures that did not hide their disdain and acceptance of segregation practices and violence against people of color were adversaries that could be identified without hesitation.  When Dr. King turned to the North, his enemy was institutional and economic, forces that can hide from scrutiny much easier.  Seeking to attack the embedded slum conditions was more of a challenge because it sought to bring light to economic practices and opportunity as much as racial injustice.  Dr. King, himself,...

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