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Eric Tang, an associate professor of black studies at the University of Texas at Austin, is currently a visiting scholar at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is the author of Unsettled: Cambodian Refugees in the NYC Hyperghetto.
Fifty years ago today, the civil-rights leader described the nightmare to come: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”