Black Power: Politics of Liberation

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Maya Thomas Black Power Movement Black Power: Politics of Liberation Kwame Ture and Charles Hamilton began their book, Black Power: Politics of Liberation, with their first contention, that overt and institutionalized racism is rooted in colonialism. Unlike European colonization, here the colonized individuals were imported to these shores. Once emancipated, black people, continue to be colonialized through the manipulation of politics. They go on to elaborate how whites continue to use politics to institutionalize racism in education, voting, housing, jobs and other areas of life. They take the reader through pivotal moments in the South and North to enumerate the chain of events that lead to the achievements and failures of the African-Americans in society. My review led me to understand the Black Power movement as an effort to overcome the colonizer. Black people need to define themselves without the influence of white society. The authors were vocal about the downfall of blacks trying to assimilate into white middle class. In a passionate effort to convey their message, they gave an overview of significant political and life altering moments in history. As a numbers person their use of statistics best helped me to better grasp the history. The income disparity between blacks and whites was just a simple example of inequality “...the median income of a non-white male college graduate in 1960 was $5,020 – actually $110 less than the earnings of white males with only one to three years of high school.” (p.28) Despite the gains that have been made this form of racism is still in effect today. It was embedded in the minds of whites that Africa-Americans were incapable of preforming and completing mundane task, so why pay them more. Their messiah complex led whites to believe that they were superior, which has spilled over to the current

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