Stanley Crouch, New York Daily News
– I do not think that the NAACP was out of order in asking the Tea Party movement to separate itself from the racists in its midst, but the famous civil rights organization ought to start by following the same suggestion.
During the great March On Washington in August of 1963, the Nation of Islam was not invited. Its members were not bothered because Malcolm X was to become a bit more famous by ridiculing the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the whole affair as a meaningless piece of theater held in check by the almighty white man.
But by the end of the decade, the civil rights movement had fallen to pieces shortly after King’s assassination in 1968. Black Power emerged and whites were discouraged from joining or attempting to join anything supposedly free of white control.
Integration was out, self-segregation was in. That’s the way it actually was.