Black Power: The Politics of Liberation in America by Kwame Ture, Charles V. Hamilton

By Kwame Ture, Charles V. Hamilton

In 1967, this innovative paintings uncovered the depths of systemic racism within the usa and supplied a thorough political framework for reform: actual and lasting social switch could basically be finished via solidarity between African-Americans and their independence from the preexisting order. An eloquent rfile of the civil rights move that is still a piece of profound social relevance 25 years after it used to be first released.

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A hundred years ago, however, hate was the main event. Black Atlanta was under an assault no less relentless than the scorched-earth campaign waged decades earlier by General William Tecumseh Sherman, but not nearly so well known—a campaign of terror against African Americans, with a climax that isn’t mentioned, for some reason, in the slick promotional materials handed out by the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau. Back then, the story of race in Atlanta mostly centered on a swath of more or less contiguous neighborhoods south of the city’s busy center—the University Center District, Sweet Auburn, Brownsville, and Darktown—and was largely defined by white Atlanta’s white-hot revanchist rage.

This can’t have been the first time a Harvard grandee had treated Crowley like a lesser species. Yet there was something about Gates’s uppitiness that led the police sergeant to arrest a fifty-eight-year-old man who stands five seven, walks with a cane, and without question was in his own house. But Gates, too, was in unfamiliar territory. It’s as if he didn’t fully appreciate the noblesse oblige requirements of his Transcendent status. He immediately assumed the defiant posture of the underdog, the disenfranchised, the powerless, when in fact he is a card-carrying member of today’s Establishment.

As a general rule, only one black journalist at a time was taken seriously as a political pundit—exclusively on issues having to do with race. And black Washingtonians only got bold-faced treatment in the gossip columns of the Afro-American and other black newspapers, never in the mass-circulation Washington Post or Evening Star. That lovely evening at the Jordans’ never could have taken place without the disintegration of the black America we once knew. Some other aspects of disintegration, however, are much less salutary.

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