Friday, September 9, 2011

Black Power

In the history of African Americans in this country, there are some strange movements and images that seem to capture the mood of the country and the black community at that time. And the phrase "black power" is undoubtedly one of the most simple and elegant statement of pride and unity within the black community. But it is a phrase that came to represent the most violent and unpleasant struggle for equality in the black community. And that makes the controversial statement then and now.

Perhaps the biggest picture of black power is the strong hand of a black man, covered in black gloves and raised resistance and pride. Who never used to answer such perfect Olympics in 1968, when Tommy Smith and John Carlos raised black fist of power complete with black gloves, because they receive their medals for his performance in the Olympics.

The phrase "black power" was not created in a parade or a riot, as may be indicated. Actually it was coined by Robert Williams, head of the NAACP in the sixties. But what really started to become a "long way" when it was adopted by Stokely Carmichael and Makasa Given the founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which is the precursor of the famous Black Panther Party.

Unfortunately, the black power movement was characterized by radical elements that go far beyond pursuing the goal of Martin Luther King and other leaders of the civil rights movement. The radical elements look for black segregation and social change through violent means. And, at a time when there is huge excitement in the country due to violence in Vietnam and on the streets of America because of the social struggle, the Black Panthers and other fringe groups to sew fear and anger in response to the racism that once makes it difficult to achieve lasting change.

It is poorly visible even in some of the darkest elements of black history and leadership seem to find the best way forward for African Americans. Sometimes it is necessary that the radical elements be known as members of one community may know the outer limits and find a compromise. This value for the black power movement, due to take over the discussion, despite the violence and the fact the importance of reasonable Americans gather to seek peaceful change is more important.

But there is a good that comes from the black power movement. This image is a picture fist of pride and determination to defend the rights of black Americans. Inspired the younger generation to become more active politically to defend their world and make a statement made famous by James Brown "Say it loud. I'm Black and I'm proud. "Pride is crucial and for young people to find. They should find in their communities and their heroes. So if young black pride and courage to face their own situation of the brave attitude of the leaders, but radically, say senior U.S. blacks has now become a force to be reckoned with, a call to action resulting from the black community to make more positive than negative effects. All the voices speak what is in people's hearts and get the anger and frustration, became part of the movement. Energy can be extracted and used for good rather than evil. And the end result is an energetic movement for change and to make life better for all of black America. And that's what everybody wants.


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