Black power is not Black supremacy; it is a united Black voice reflecting racial pride in the tradition of our heterogeneous nation. Black power does not mean the exclusion of White Americans from the Negro Revolution; it means the inclusion of all men in a common morale and political struggle
CORE Leader Floyd McKissick from text
“To Make Our World Anew”
I saw the promo for the movie Birth of Nation and they have superimposed the pacifism of protest and chanting of Black Lives Matters and Nat Turner’s righteous rebellion trying draw a correlation. As Malcolm pointed out the negro revolution and the Black revolution are not the same.
There’s no such thing as a nonviolent revolution. The only kind of revolution that’s nonviolent is the Negro revolution. The only revolution based on loving your enemy is the Negro revolution. Revolution is bloody, revolution is hostile, revolution knows no compromise, revolution overturns and destroys everything that gets in its way. And you, sitting around here like a knot on the wall, saying, I’m going to love these folks no matter how much they hate me. No, you need a revolution. Whoever heard of a revolution where they lock arms, singing ‘We Shall Overcome’? You don’t do that in a revolution. You don’t do any singing, you’re too busy swinging.
Malcolm X, ‘Message to the Grass Roots’, at the King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan (1963)
The average Negro is born into want and deprivation. His struggle to escape his circumstances is hindered by color discrimination. He is deprived normal education and normal social and economic opportunities. When he seeks opportunity, he is told, in effect, to lift himself by his own boot-straps, advice which does not take into account the fact he is barefoot.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (from his book, ‘Why We Can’t Wait’)
There’s no such thing as a nonviolent revolution. The only kind of revolution that is nonviolent is the Negro revolution. The only revolution in which the goal is loving your enemy is the Negro revolution. It’s the only revolution in which the goal is a desegregated lunch counter, a desegregated theater, a desegregated park, and a desegregated public toilet; you can sit down next to white folks[on the toilet. That’s no revolution. Revolution is based on land. Land is the basis of all independence. Land is the basis of freedom, justice, and equality.