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Just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. ”20 Despite pop and minimalism’s apolitical approach, it must be mentioned that over the course of the war a few such artists did attempt to reconcile their work with their sentiments about the war. Further, most (if not all) of the artists involved with both movements were antiwar and attended antiwar activities, or just considered their work subversive or their practices socially engaged enough to have some relevance to the antiwar effort.

S. 52 Martin Luther King most famously connected the African American struggle and the Vietnam War on April 4, 1967, in a speech he gave at New York City’s Riverside Church. Although he had held antiwar views before this time, King refrained from making it a focus previously because his critics saw the war and civil rights as separate issues and his speaking on the war as possibly jeopardizing the cause of civil rights. ”54 At Riverside Church, King explained to the crowd that the American government’s repression of the Vietnamese liberation struggle was parallel to its domestic repression of blacks.

28 Most significantly, Judd opposed the construction of the Lower Manhattan Expressway and was involved with Citizens for Local Democracy (run by H. R. Shapiro) and their organ, a newspaper called Public Life. Citizens for Local Democracy was particularly interested in promoting a Jeffersonian township model of government, and Raskin has sourced a good deal of Judd’s political commentary in his writings of the period to Public Life. A reliance on Jeffersonian ideals was not unusual for the time.

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