Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Black Power

Black Power emerged because of the African Americans dissatisfaction with the civil rights movement. According to Stokely Carmichael and Charles V. Hamilton in the article Black Power: the Politics of Liberation in America, Black Power "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 begin to define their own goals, to lead their own organizations and to support those organizations. It is a call to reject the racist institutions and values of this society." 
The African Americans holding this belief pushed away the white liberals who were trying to fight alongside them. They wanted to figure out their place in the American society without the help of whites. This group was called a reverse racist group by some, however, it was not. Carmichael and Hamilton defend it as being a peaceful group of African Americans who did not want to suppress the whites of America, they simply wanted to discover their place in society and therefore they could not be called black supremacists. 
This organization was identified as an inside (as in, in the country) terrorist group. Therefore there were U. S. counter insurgency policies placed to counter act them.

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