Races: Rhetoric into Relevance

Black Power is only a slogan, but it is real to great numbers of people—r and it has many different shades of meaning. In its crudest definition, it is the war cry of embittered firebrands who spurn white America and propagate the nightmare of ghetto violence. To others, Black Power is the impractical dream of a separate black state. But the term can also connote the emergence of Negroes as a cohesive political force, the building of black economic muscle, the recognition of an Afro-American cultural identity. To many black leaders, that is the only realistic meaning of the...