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Stokely Carmichael Quotes

29 Stokely Carmichael quotes:

"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 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."
"No man can given anybody his freedom."
"The knowledge I have now is not the knowledge I had then."
"The philosophers Camus and Sartre raise the question whether or not a man can condemn himself."
"There has been only a civil rights movement, whose tone of voice was adapted to an audience of liberal whites."
"Before a group can enter the open society, it must first close ranks."
"I usually say I did the best I could with what I had. I have no major regrets."
"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 secret of life is to have no fear; it's the only way to function."
"The first need of a free people is to define their own terms."
"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."
"The masses don't shed their blood for the benefit of a few individuals."
"There is a higher law than the law of government. That's the law of conscience."

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