Carmichael and Hamilton "Black Power" Analytical Essay by Peter Pen

Carmichael and Hamilton "Black Power"
This paper reviews the book "Black Power: The Politics of Liberation in America" by Stokely Carmichael and Charles V. Hamilton, written in 1967, at the height of the civil rights movement.
# 64356 | 1,350 words | 1 source | MLA | 2005
Published on Mar 08, 2006 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (Civil Rights)

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This paper explains the various aspects of the need for empowering the African-American people. The author points out that the most important argument in the book is that African-Americans need to develop a particular type of consciousness in order for black liberation to occur, which Carmichael and Hamilton refer to as "Black Power". The paper relates that the book states that integration (or desegregation) is not an adequate solution to the problem of oppression because it is based on the assumption that there is nothing of value in the black community and it merely results in integrating 'acceptable' black people into the middle-class white community.

From the Paper:

"Although "Black Power" was written in the late 1960s, the ideas contained in the book are still, for the most part, applicable in the present day. Obviously, African Americans have not yet attained full equality with the whites in American society. The views expressed by Carmichael and Hamilton are well stated, and thus their arguments are convincing. In addition, it is important to note that the way to liberation from oppression, according to "Black Power", is not "radical" per se, although it requires a great deal of courage and determination on the part of the black people themselves."

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