Stokely Carmichael Quotes


29 Stokely Carmichael quotes:



"The first need of a free people is to define their own terms."
"I usually say I did the best I could with what I had. I have no major regrets."
"Leaders in Africa are so corrupt that we are certain if we put dogs in uniforms and put guns on their shoulders, we'd be hard put to distinguish them."
"Now, then, in order to understand white supremacy we must dismiss the fallacious notion that white people can give anybody their freedom."
"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."
"Our grandfathers had to run, run, run. My generation's out of breath. We ain't running no more."
"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."
"The masses don't shed their blood for the benefit of a few individuals."
"The secret of life is to have no fear; it's the only way to function."
"There is a higher law than the law of government. That's the law of conscience."
"Before a group can enter the open society, it must first close ranks."
"We had no more courage than Harriet Tubman or Marcus Garvey had in their times. We just had a more vulnerable enemy."
"A man is born free."
"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."
"Black power can be clearly defined for those who do not attach the fears of white America to their questions about it."
"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."
"I knew that I could vote and that that wasn't a privilege; it was my right. Every time I tried I was shot, killed or jailed, beaten or economically deprived."
"I maintain that every civil rights bill in this country was passed for white people, not for black people."
"In a sense, I blame ourselves - together with the mass media - for what has happened in Watts, Harlem, Chicago, Cleveland, Omaha."
"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."



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