• SIXTH AVENUE HEARTACHE: RACE, COMMEMORATION AND THE COLORBLIND CONSENSUS IN ZEPHYRHILLS, FLORIDA, 2003-2004

      Simon, Bryant; Bruggeman, Seth C., 1975-; Isenberg, Andrew C. (Andrew Christian) (Temple University. Libraries, 2013)
      This thesis examines the controversy surrounding the renaming of a street for Martin Luther King, Jr. in the city of Zephyrhills, Florida in 2003-2004. By paying close attention to the language deployed during a series of contentious city council meetings, the thesis traces how Zephyrhills' divisive history and neoliberal spatial order kept white residents from grappling with the city's legacy of racism, inequality, residential segregation, and the memory of the Civil Rights movement. Ultimately, it reveals Americans' limited capacity to recognize and discuss race in the post-Civil Rights era.