Box 19, Folder 2, Document 34

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Box 19, Folder 2, Document 34

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SNCC's.-Revolutionary Purposes
With growing frequenc;y the mis-named
Student Non-Violent Coordinating Comrnittee has been appearing at the center of
racial disturbances in the cities of the nation. This week it was in Atlanta where
SNCC members a2.®f.entlY set out,JlllT~ I!..,OSefully_to provoke cdisorders by sprea.ding false tale's of "police _brutality."
Just what SNCC is up to has been an- ·
swered in the statements· of its leaders,
most notably chairman Stokely Carmichael. SNCC is seeking nothing less than a
revolutionary confrontation, what it calls
a "liberation" movement, that will pit
blacks against whites.
SNCC wants to divide the country irrevocably along Tacia.I lihes. Its first need is
to discredit the moderate Negro leadership
and the concept of non-violence. It has already rejected what is really the only viable route to racial progress, cooperation
among whites and Negroes. It moves to exploit, with violence if necessary, the grievances which responsible persons of both
races have long 1been working to eliminate.
"Black power," the SNCC battle cry,
llas become a label of convenience readily
npplied to any exploitable situation. In the t
mouths of SNCC's leaders it means what
[ they want it to mean, from "bringing this
country to its knees;" as Carmichael said
last month, to total racial separation.
Regrettably, there seems to be a growing m1mber of whites ready to accept
SNCC's hate-inspired extremism as representative of ALL Negroes, to cite demonstrated excesses as convenient proof that
the races cannot get along, that steps to
improve Negro life are futile.
The irony of this is that the philosophical basis of SNCC's dogma rests precisely
on the same argument. The bigotry, the
exploitation, the outrages demonstrated
over the years by some whites are, in
SNCC's view, representative of the attitudes of ALL whites. SNCC, too, says the
races can never get along.
In one sense SNCC's radical outlook is
perhaps understandable, as the logical product of frustrations and discontent. But
this doesn't make it any more acceptable.
SNCC, like the white extremists who
both bolster SNCC's existence and draw
strength from it, is doing not only the Negro cause but the national cause a monstrous disservice. The sowing of hatred,
the fostering_ of divisions, are intolerable
whatever their source.
We are one nation. All who work against
unity and understanding-white or black
- deserve the condemnation of those
aware of our moral heritage.
·IIBLE THOUGHT-Woe unta them that call evil good, and good evil. laaiah. JI, :D.
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