The Black Power Speech Given by Stokely Carmichael

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In the October 1966 speech given by Stokely Carmichael, we are faced with a variety of terms involving racism and racist remarks. Just the year prior to this speech “blacks” had earned the right to vote on national ballots. The speech was given at the University of California Berkeley. Stokely Carmichael was born on June 29th, 1941, and he moved to the United States of America in 1951. This means at the time of his speech he was 25 years old. He was a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) later called the Student National Coordinating Committee. The significance of Mr. Carmichael giving the speech at the University of California Berkley was he was talking to the “youth” of the United States…show more content…
We can now fully understand that when he uses the phrase “We” he is referring to the black community. However, there is another side to the Us-Them side and that is the “Them” side. When Carmichael uses the “Them” throughout his speech he is referring to the white community of the United States of America. Carmichael is stating that we must start questioning the reasoning behind our oppression “They ought to start defending themselves as to why they have oppressed and exploited us.” (Carmichael). Here he is referring to the white community when they repressed and enslaved the blacks just because of their color of their skin not because of their education, social status, or even poverty levels. “Every civil rights bill in this country was passed for white people, not for black people” (Carmichael). With the use of this quote we begin to see the separation between races for Carmichael. For the whites we needed a piece of paper to tell us that the blacks had rights and could vote. However, for a white male he automatically believes that he has a set amount of rights given to him just because of his race. He understood that because of the fact that he was white he could vote for who he wanted and eat where he wanted without being questioned by the community. The blacks however knew they had rights, knew that they could vote and that it wasn’t a privilege. They knew
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