On Being Negro in America

On Being Negro in America

On Being Negro in America

On Being Negro in America

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THIS IS PERSONAL. I WOULD CALL IT a "document" except that the word has overtones of something official, vested and final. But I have been clothed with no authority to speak for others, and what I have to say can be final only for myself. I hasten to say this at the start, for I remember my anger at the effrontery of one who a few years ago undertook to speak for me and twelve million others. I concurred with practically nothing he said. This was not important in itself, but when one presumes to speak for me he must reflect my mind so accurately that I find no source of disagreement with him. To do this, he must be either a lack-brain parrot or a god. Though there are many lack-brains, historic and present circumstances prove that there are no gods dealing with the problem of race--or, as dangerous to the American ideal and as to individual Americans as . . .

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