What was the impact of the Vietnam War on the civil rights movement?

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Both the Vietnam War and racial inequality were in some sense manifestations of the same thing: entrenched attitudes and governmental policies that were unfair and oppressive. It is not so much that the war "impacted" the civil rights movement as it is that each phenomenon increased the feeling, especially of young and progressive people in the 1960s and early 1970s, that there was something wrong with the way the United States had been (and was still being) governed.

A disproportionate number of African American men served in the Vietnam War. The rationale for the war was that the US was fighting for "freedom" in South Vietnam, to prevent the spread of Communism. But most black people in the US asked, quite realistically, why the government was sending them to fight for other people's freedom when, at home, their own freedom had been denied for so long, and despite the recent passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, there was discrimination against them in jobs and housing, along with...

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