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Youth movement creates new black majority
Youth movement creates new black majority
Item IDEgyptian19680926Youth.tif
TitleYouth movement creates new black majority
AuthorDick Gregory
DescriptionBlack people in America have learned from personal enperience that this nation does not take the opinions of its minorities seriously.
Original Publication SourceDaily Egyptian
Date1968 September 26
Volume50
Issue3
SectionEducation
Page(s)4
Digital File Format.TIF (Tagged Image Format)
Digital File PublisherSpecial Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
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CollectionDaily Egyptian Diversity News Archive (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
TranscriptYouth movement creates new black majority

By Dick Gregory

Among the current crop of film offerings is a most interenting movie entitled "Wild in the Streets, " It is based on the quite valid statistical observation that 52 percent of the nation's population in 25 years-of-age or younger. In another decade, 80 percent of the population will fall within that age group. Black people in America have learned from personal enperience that this nation does not take the opinions of its minorities seriously. Nor will the problem-solving, decision-making capacities be given to the "over-thirty minority" in years to come.
I spend more than 90 percent of my time on college campuses because I have always believed the moral revolution which is sweeping our country today in not a matter of black against white. It is simply right against wrong. The peace movement has brought this truth not into the open, especially on the college campuses, and has greatly benefited the civil rights movement by expanding morul outrage and protest activity to cover all wrong,
A simple illustration will serve to focus the current youth attitude. It is possible for me to check into a hotel some night and burn to death in my sleep if the hotel catches fire. But I would never check into a hotel which is already on fire with the intention
of going to sleep! The young people of America, both black and white, know that this country is on fire and they have no intention of sleeping through the moral revolution. And those youth represent the greatest moral potential in the history of this country, perhaps oven the history of the world.
To understand the ferment on the colloge campus today, you must have nome perspective of recent hintory. When the civil rights movement first began, there were many honest and sincere white kids who wanted a piece of that action but their parents prohibited their involvement, It is like the mother who tells her son that he can't play football because he might get hurt. So the kid becomes an all-American basketball player. He had to get involved in some sports activity and basketball was all mother would allow. In like manner, the white youth who are seizing college administrations and protesting the war in Vietnam today really wanted to be involved in the early days of the civil rights movement. And parents who forbade that involvement fed and nurtured the resentment their kids are expressing now.
White youth all over America today are resisting the oppressor and identifying with the oppressed. It is the reverse of what we black folks used to do. We went from the bottom of our feet to the top of our heads trying to be white. When black folks came to this country as slaves, we didn't wear shoes or good clothing, But we put on the white man's shoes, his socks, his underwear, his shirt and his tie. We even tried to change our physical appearance in our effort to be white. We grew moustaches to cover up our thick lips. Since nappy hair is not a white characteristic, we got processes to straighten out that problem. But every effort we made to impress the white man had no effect on his determination to oppress us.
As a result, there has teen a change in attitude, Negroes have developed a new pride in being black. Black folks consider it a badge of honor to be themselves, to be natural, and have rejected the unnatural obsession with trying to be white.
And the new mood of black identity is being shared by white youth all over America, Young white kids are acting colored— talking loud, playing their music loud, saying, "What's happenin', baby, '' and oven cussing like black folks. There used to be a white way of cussing and a black way of cussing. But today, when it comes to cussing, America is the "mother" country for both white and black youth. Blackness is not a color, it is an attitude. No matter what statistics the census bureau may publish, the youth of America are demonstrating a black majority.
LanguageEnglish
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