A question has piqued me for a long time. It may be purely unimportant, but here it is:
LIBERAL: a person who is liberal: as a : one who is open-minded or not strict in the observance of orthodox, traditional, or established forms or ways.
LIBERALISM: a political philosophy based on belief in progress, the essential goodness of the human race, and the autonomy of the individual and standing for the protection of political and civil liberties
CONSERVATISM: disposition in politics to preserve what is established b : a political philosophy based on tradition and social stability, stressing established institutions, and preferring gradual development to abrupt change
Now, based on these definitions, should a traditional, black adherent of the traditional civil rights movement be called a "liberal?" Do, or should, these terms mean different things in a black context, at least re: civil rights? In considering this, keep in mind that in the Soviet Union, the hard-core leftists were conservatives, and the free market, "glasnost" types were called liberals.