Quote of the Day

adam clayton powell

Let’s trace the birth of an idea. It’s born as rampant radicalism, then it becomes progressivism, then liberalism, then it becomes moderated conservative, outmoded, and gone. – Adam Clayton Powell


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4 Responses to “Quote of the Day”

  1. stalherz Says:

    Do you think he is saying that the birth of an idea should not be found in Rampant Radicalism?

  2. nativenotes Says:

    No, I think he is giving you the evolution of an idea, or an idea that sparks a movement. Its born; in the beginning stages people just think you are ranting. The idea of boycotting buses in Montgomery to the people who first heard it thought it was way to radical, just some negroes ranting about what they “could” do. These are just my thoughts, we are all free to our own interpretation.

  3. stalherz Says:

    I was just asking what you thought by his quote, you know, just to have a discussion about it. I think he was speaking out on every type of “ism” there is – because if you start anything without a plan, it will fade away.

    As for the bus boycott, that worked because it was an economic strike against a huge company. The bus company lost millions of dollars because of that strike and that is why they caved in.

    From What I’ve read, it took over a year to break them. But it was a plan. A plan is what we need now. Let’s keep this discussion going. As for your comment on my page, I think that with only one of the officers being white, the other two being black and latino, it is more a discussion of what it is not to be part of the ruling class in this country rather than black, don’t you think?

  4. nativenotes Says:

    its a little bit more than what it means to not be a ruling party in this country to me. That type of behavior would not be accepted in a white neighborhood, nor any other ethnicity in this country with the exception of a latino community.

    the cops ethnicities are relevant in part and not relevant in another part. they are irrelevant because when they put on those uniforms they represent the interests of the nypd. in an effort to protect those behind the blue shield the judge did just that; regardless of the fact that they were minorities as well.

    Why their race is relevant is because it is not as if a white man was just so fearful of these black men; it was men of color who chose to let off all of these shots. Now we have to think objectively; we do not expect that two black men would react in such a way. But why not; ask a black man which cops he receives the most strife from.

    That’s a different blog post but I believe that the stereotype of the black criminal is so far etched into the minds of people in this country including black police officers that we are often viewed as a threat. Merge that with some trigger happy, (only had a few drinks) having cops and we have the massacre we have before our eyes.

    So I think to be a member of the ruling class in this country or quite frankly to have white privilege in this country plays a part in this decision. You would be hard pressed to see 2 black cops kill a white man in a barrage of 50 bullets and him not be found guilty in a court of law.

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