"So that the failures to pass a civil rights bill isn't because of Black Power, isn't because of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; it's not because of the rebellions that are occurring in the major cities"
- Stokely Carmichael
About this Quote
Stokely Carmichael is recommending that the failure to pass a civil liberties expense is not due to the actions of the Black Power movement, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, or the disobediences happening in major cities. He is indicating that the failure is due to other factors, such as the absence of political will or the opposition of effective interests. He is emphasizing that the civil rights movement should not be blamed for the failure to pass a civil liberties costs, and that the blame should be placed somewhere else. He is also suggesting that the civil rights movement ought to continue to defend their rights, despite the lack of progress in passing a civil liberties bill.
"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist"