The past is strewn with the ruins of the empires of tyranny, and each is a monument not merely to man’s blunders but to his capacity to overcome them.

Despite its virtues and attributes, America is deeply racist and its democracy is flawed both economically and socially.

White America must recognize that justice for black people cannot be achieved without radical changes in the structure of our society.

Integration is meaningless without the sharing of power.

Men of the white west have been fed on a false mythology and tradition that blinds them to the aspirations and talents of other men.

Our challenge is to organize the power we already have in our midst.

We have learned that the integration of schools does not necessarily solve the inadequacy of schools.

It doesn’t matter where we are individually in the scheme of things, how near we may be either to the top or to the bottom of society; the cold facts of racism slap each one of us in the face.

When constructive action follows a riot, a rioter’s despair is allayed and he is forced to re-evaluate America and to consider whether some good might eventually come from our society after all.

Virtually every riot has begun from some police action. If you try to tell the people in most Negro communities that the police are their friends, they just laugh at you.

Police must cease being occupation troops in the ghetto and start protecting its residents.

Negroes have always held the hope that if they really demonstrate that they are great soldiers and if they really fight for America and help save American democracy, then when they come back home, America will treat them better. This has not been the case.

An insistent question defies evasion: Is security for some being purchased at the price of degradation for others?

Millions of black protesting voices have become a sound of distant thunder increasing in volume with the gathering of storm clouds.

America has not yet changed because so many think it need not change, but this is the illusion of the damned.

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