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Back in the '60s, during the hey day of the Back Panthers and militant spokesmen like Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael, it was always my impression that black people didn't really think a full scale revolution would ever take place.  We just gave lip service with rallying cries and chanting threats and even financial support for these guerilla cabals. But people like J. Edgar Hoover panicked and were scared shitless by the idea of these menacing organizations spurring the black masses to rise up and overthrow the government. The general consensus among blacks, however, was that a full scale rebellion would be a losing cause against a powerful country like America with its well-equipped standing army. But the idea of a black rebellion shaking up the White Establishment was a moral victory. 

 

In actuality, most of us were more attuned to MLK and his moderate approach.  Non violent protest was a hard pill to swallow but the silent black majority was OK with allowing Civil Rights activists to represent them with this approach. Boycotting people and places was the closest the average black person came to demonstrating for justice during this turbulent era.    

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