[Ed. – This whole thing is priceless, but I really love the part about the majestic progression from the Civil Rights Act to the Voting Rights Act to the TV show All in the Family. Those pieces of legislation were walking in tall cotton, preparing the way for an epic TV series like they did.]
The last shots of the Civil War rang out in 1865, but director Rob Reiner believes the election of Donald Trump represents the final gasp in the war among the states.
“The way I look at it, if you are trying to take an overview — the holistic approach — we are fighting the last big major battle of the Civil War,” Reiner said Monday evening at a D.C. screening of his new film, “LBJ.” …
“To me, the scariest part of what we saw with Donald Trump was not understanding how much racism still existed in this country. It was kind of papered over for a while,” he said, putting 2016 in historical context.
“I mean, we had the Civil Rights Act, we had the Voting Rights Act and then in the ’70s we had ‘All in the Family’ started shining a light on racial unrest,” the actor, who became famous as the show’s “Meathead” liberal son-in-law, continued. “And then we had a lot of enormous success by African-Americans in the media, in the news and so on. And then culminating with an African American president.