As the semester comes to a close I have been reflecting on this course as a whole and wondering what to talk about in my final blog post. I finally settled on the concept of similarities between 1968 and 2020 and how these two years have been incredibly similar to one another. We have seen this year more than any other in the 21st century I believe a return to the movements that characterized the 1960s and 70s.
I believe that when we look at 1968 and the Civil Rights Movement and 2020 and the Black Lives Matter movement we can see that the two are not so different from one another. This summer we could see that the BLM Movement really took off and it was characterized by images that we also saw in 1968, protestors facing off against heavily armed and organized police officers. I think further to this we can also see that the use of technology has similarities between the two years and while undoubtedly we are better connected than ever the fact that we like people in the 1960s are watching these events play out live has an aura of specialness around it as I feel that we are as they were, living through history.
I think that also the issues of the presidential election and Brexit give cause for us to evaluate the political situations in both of these years as we can see these polarizations have caused rifts in communities in both the United Kingdom/Ireland as well as the United States.