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And everybody says, “No, we haven’t got the force”.

And that’s very interesting that they should say, “No we haven’t got the force, and that’s the reason why we shouldn’t insurrect”, or “We shouldn’t give rise to insurrection, because we don’t have the power to do it”.

It seems to me that that implies that if we had the power then we should. Well now what he’s saying about these people on the one hand is that they say that we shouldn’t give rise to insurrection because we don’t have the power, but if we don’t have the power to give rise to insurrection then shouldn’t we cooperate with the White Liberal Middle-Class Establishment.

But then he says that therein the dilemma; that if they say yes we should cooperate with these people, then they will be called Uncle Toms.

But that’s a false dichotomy which he presents.

It isn’t true that the only alternatives are on the one hand that either we go all the way to insurrection, or on the other hand that we give in and capitulate and have to be labeled as Uncle Toms.

He says that because we’re in this difficulty, that it’s either we have to present ourselves as Uncle Toms or we have to present ourselves as people who are out to raise insurrection. We then get into what he calls, “a meaningless charade”.

And you all know the picture, he says the Negroes marched downtown, and then the White people stand up in front of city hall and offer them some kind of platform, which sounds as though an abolitionist had wrote it. And then they leave after going through this ceremony [00:06:18]

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