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Living, Caring, Learning and Sharing W/DON DURANT

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‘60's was a great era
which was tearing down the negative stereotypes which had been
used to keep black people down, poor and subservient.
There were chants of Black is Beautiful, Black is Brave, Black has
Power. The Red, Black and Green flag was hurled about and
became a symbol of Black Liberation in America. The movement
was vibrant, the drums were sounded and it gave people a sense of
purpose and pride.
While some folks of a lighter hue tended to interpret this as racism,
it was not. It was merely a way of counteracting hundreds of years
of propaganda which had painted Africans in America as shiftless
and ignorant.
But the fears of certain lighter skinned people led to one tragedy
after another, and the sudden demise of the movement occurred. An
assassin’s bullet took Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin King,
and the FBI, under J Edgar Hoover, planned and accomplished the
destruction of the Panthers and the BLA by use of infiltration,
entrapment, imprisonment and sometimes direct murder as in the
case of Panther leader Fred Hampton by the Chicago police.
In this way, Black America found itself without direction, and for
about forty years seems to have been wandering around
directionless in the desert, prodded by the media to pretend that
racism was over, and, for some, to swallow the lie that the poor are