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By Anonym 14 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

Now, then, in order to understand white supremacy we must dismiss the fallacious notion that white people can give anybody their freedom.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

I usually say I did the best I could with what I had. I have no major regrets.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

The masses don't shed their blood for the benefit of a few individuals.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

One of the tragedies of the struggle against racism is that up to now there has been no national organization which could speak to the growing militancy of young black people in the urban ghetto.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

Go home and tell your daughters they are beautiful.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

An organization which claims to be working for the needs of a community - as SNCC does - must work to provide that community with a position of strength from which to make its voice heard. This is the significance of black power beyond the slogan

By Anonym 13 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

Black Power can be clearly defined for those who do not attach the fears of white America to their questions about it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

I place my own hope for the United States in the growth of belief among the unqualified that they are in fact qualified: they can articulate and be responsible and hold power

By Anonym 14 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

The death of Che Guevara places a responsibility on all revolutionaries of the World to redouble their decision to fight on to the final defeat of Imperialism. That is why in essence Che Guevara is not dead, his ideas are with us.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

There has been only a civil rights movement, whose tone of voice was adapted to an audience of liberal whites.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

Integration is a man's ability to want to move in there by himself. If someone wants to live in a white neighborhood and he is black, that is his choice. It should be his rights. It is not because white people will not allow him.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

We were aware of the fact that death walks hand in hand with struggle.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

This country is a nation of thieves. It stole everything it has, beginning with black people. The U.S. cannot justify its existence as the policeman of the world any longer. I do not want to be a part of the American pie. The American pie means raping South Africa, beating Vietnam, beating South America, raping the Philippines, raping every country you’ve been in. I don’t want any of your blood money. I don’t want to be part of that system. We must question whether or not we want this country to continue being the wealthiest country in the world at the price of raping everybody else.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

The philosophers Camus and Sartre raise the question whether or not a man can condemn himself.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

An organization which claims to speak for the needs of a community must speak in the tone of that community.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

White liberals are always saying, "What can we do?” I mean, they’re always coming to help black people. I thought of an analogy. If you were walking down the street and a man had a gun on another man – let’s say both of them were white – and you had to help somebody, whom would you help? It’s obvious to me that if I were walking down the street, and a man had a gun on another man, and I was going to help, I’d help the man who didn’t have the gun, if the man who had the fun was just pulling the gun on the other man for no apparent reason – if he was just going to rob him or shoot him because he didn’t like him. The only way I could help is either to get a gun and shoot the man with the gun, or take the gun away from him – join the fellow who doesn’t have a gun and both of us gang up on the man with the gun. But white liberals never do that. When the man has the gun, they walk around him and they come to the victim, and they say “Let me help you,” and what they mean is “help you adjust to the situation with the man who has the gun on you." If indeed white liberals are going to help, their only job is to get the gun from the man and talk to him, because he is a sick man. The black man is not the sick man, it is the white man who is sick, he’s the one who picked up the gun.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

The first need of a free people is to define their own terms.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

Racism is both overt and covert. It takes two, closely related forms: individual whites acting against individual blacks, and acts by the total white community against the black community. We call these individual racism and institutional racism. The first consists of overt acts by individuals, which cause death, injury or the violent destruction of property. This type can be recorded by television cameras; it can frequently be observed in the process of commission. The second type is less overt, far more subtle, less identifiable in terms of specific individuals committing the acts. But it is no less destructive of human life. The second type originates in the operation of established and respected forces in the society, and thus receives far less public condemnation than the first type. When white terrorists bomb a black church and kill five black children, that is an act of individual racism, widely deplored by most segments of the society. But when in that same city - Birmingham, Alabama - five hundred black babies die each year because of the lack of proper food, shelter and medical facilities, and thousands more are destroyed and maimed physically, emotionally and intellectually because of conditions of poverty and discrimination in the black community, that is a function of institutional racism. When a black family moves into a home in a white neighborhood and is stoned, burned or routed out, they are victims of an overt act of individual racism which many people will condemn - at least in words. But it is institutional racism that keeps black people locked in dilapidated slum tenements, subject to the daily prey of exploitative slumlords, merchants, loan sharks and discriminatory real estate agents. The society either pretends it does not know of this latter situation, or is in fact incapable of doing anything meaningful about it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

It is a call for black people in this country to unite, to recognize their heritage, to build a sense of community. It is a call for black people to define their own goals, to lead their own organizations.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

The time for running has come to an end. You tell them white folk in Mississippi that all the scared niggers are dead!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

Dr. King's policy was, if you are nonviolent, if you suffer, your opponent will see your suffering and will be moved to change his heart. That's very good. He only made one fallacious assumption. In order for nonviolence to work, your opponent must have a conscience. The United States has none.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

There is a higher law than the law of government. That's the law of conscience.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

I ain't going to jail no more. The only way we gonna stop them white men from whuppin' us is to take over. What we gonna start sayin' now is Black Power!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

I maintain that every civil rights bill in this country was passed for white people, not for black people.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

So that the failures to pass a civil rights bill isn't because of Black Power, isn't because of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; it's not because of the rebellions that are occurring in the major cities.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

Seems to me that the institutions that function in this country are clearly racist, and that they're built upon racism.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

What a liberal really wants is to bring about change that will not in any way endanger his position.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

Dr. King's policy was that nonviolence would achieve the gains for black people in the United States. His major assumption was that if you are nonviolent, if you suffer, your opponent will see your suffering and will be moved to change his heart. That's very good. He only made one fallacious assumption: In order for nonviolence to work, your opponent must have a conscience. The United States has none.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

I also know that while I am black I am a human being, and therefore I have the right to go into any public place. White people didn't know that.Every time I tried to go into a place they stopped me

By Anonym 15 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

The only position for women in SNCC is prone.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

White liberals are always saying, "What can we do?” I mean, they’re always coming to help black people. I thought of an analogy. If you were walking down the street and a man had a gun on another man – let’s say both of them were white – and you had to help somebody, whom would you help? It’s obvious to me that if I were walking down the street, and a man had a gun on another man, and I was going to help, I’d help the man who didn’t have the gun, if the man who had the gun was just pulling the gun on the other man for no apparent reason – if he was just going to rob him or shoot him because he didn’t like him. The only way I could help is either to get a gun and shoot the man with the gun, or take the gun away from him – join the fellow who doesn’t have a gun and both of us gang up on the man with the gun. But white liberals never do that. When the man has the gun, they walk around him and they come to the victim, and they say “Let me help you,” and what they mean is “help you adjust to the situation with the man who has the gun on you." If indeed white liberals are going to help, their only job is to get the gun from the man and talk to him, because he is a sick man. The black man is not the sick man, it is the white man who is sick, he’s the one who picked up the gun.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

We had no more courage than Harriet Tubman or Marcus Garvey had in their times. We just had a more vulnerable enemy.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

Our noses are broad, our lips are thick, our hair is nappy-we are black and beautiful!

By Anonym 14 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

Our grandfathers had to run, run, run. My generation's out of breath. We ain't running no more.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

If a white man wants to lynch me, that’s his problem. If he’s got the power to lynch me, that’s my problem. Racism is not a question of attitude; it’s a question of power.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

Capitalism is a stupid system, a backward system

By Anonym 15 Sep

Stokely Carmichael

The secret of life is to have no fear; it's the only way to function.