President Kennedy remarked in 1963, “The civil-rights movement should thank God for Bull Conner. He’s helped it as much Abraham Lincoln

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President Kennedy remarked in 1963, “The civil-rights movement should thank God for Bull Conner. He’s helped it as much Abraham Lincoln.” Explain the meaning of this statement.

Answer:

Kennedy was talking about how Bull Connor’s violence and brutality towards the peaceful civil rights marchers got them mass public sympathy throughout the country, thus aiding the marchers’ cause, and cast the Birmingham establishment in a very negative light.