Kwame Ture (Formerly Stokely Carmichael) on the Moynihan Report (“The Negro Family: The Case for National Action”)

Stokely Carmichael went IN on the Moynihan report, “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action,” which basically argued that all the problems black folks have stem from women-headed homes. Carmichael responded: “I don’t play the dozens with white folks. To set the record straight, the reason we are in this bag isn’t because of my mamma, it’s because of what they did to my momma.”*

He clearly understand not to blame the problems black folks in America faced on their mothers and sisters. Admittedly, the Black Power Movement as a whole suffered from the disease of sexism and misogyny, particularly when it came to leadership. However, here we find Ture clearly identifying the problem as the imperialist white supremacist “power structure.” 

*Peniel Joseph, Waiting ‘Till The Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America, Loc. 2780 (Kindle Version). Also see Bracy, Meier, and Rudwick, Black Nationalism in America, pp. 471-72; Estes, I Am a Man!, pp. 107-29. 

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