Eldridge Cleaver

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The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less.

Eldridge Cleaver (August 31, 1935May 1, 1998) was an author, prominent American civil rights leader, and dominant member of the Black Panther Party.

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All the gods are dead except the god of war.
If a man like Malcolm X could change and repudiate racism, if I myself and other former Muslims can change, if young whites can change, then there is hope for America.
  • Huey P. Newton is the baddest motherfucker ever to set foot inside of history. Huey has a very special meaning to black people, because for four hundred years black people have been wanting to do exactly what Huey Newton did, that is, to stand up in front of the most deadly tentacle of the white racist power structure, and to defy that deadly tentacle, and to tell that tentacle that he will not accept the aggression and the brutality, and that if he is moved against, he will retaliate in kind.
    • Post-Prison Writings (1969)
  • Pig power in America was infuriating, but pig power in the communist framework was awesome and unaccountable.
    • Soul on Fire (1978)
  • I crossed the tracks and sought out White prey. I did this consciously, deliberately, willfully, methodically [...] Rape was an insurrectionary act. It delighted me that I was defying and trampling upon the White man's law [...] and that I was defiling his women [...]
    • Soul on Fire (1978)
  • We would go out and ambush cops, but if we got caught we would blame it on them and claim innocence. I did that personally in the case I was involved in.… We went after the cops that night, but when we got caught we said they came after us. We always did that. When you talk about the legacy of the '60s, that's one legacy. That's what I try to address, because it helped to distort the image of the police, but I've come to the point where I realize that our police department is necessary.
    • Interview by Reason magazine (1986), referring to the death of Bobby Hutton
  • They were murderers and they still are, but policemen are like dogs on a leash.… The police function under political direction. They go after whoever they are sent after, and that's where the problem comes in.… Black people were moving out of their traditional position in America. Nobody knew what to do about it. The white politicians were confused, the blacks were confused.… the police were told to go out, stop those civil-rights marches … and they went out and did that. When you talk to police now who participated in that, you find out that they were in the same position we were in — just trying to find the right formula.
    • Interview by Reason magazine (1986)
  • I can understand J. Edgar Hoover, because he wasn't inaccurate.… He said that we were the main threat. We were trying to be the main threat. We were trying to be the vanguard organization. J. Edgar Hoover was an adversary, but he had good information. We were plugged into all of the revolutionary groups in America, plus those abroad. We were working hand-in-hand with communist parties here and around the world, and he knew that.
    • Interview by Reason magazine (1986)

Soul on Ice (1968)[edit]

  • We shall have our manhood. We shall have it or the earth will be leveled by our attempts to gain it.
  • The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less.
    • Part I: "Becoming"
  • All the gods are dead except the god of war.
    • Part I: "'The Christ' and His Teachings"
  • If a man like Malcolm X could change and repudiate racism, if I myself and other former Muslims can change, if young whites can change, then there is hope for America.
    • Part II: "The White Race and Its Heroes"
  • Americans think of themselves collectively as a huge rescue squad on twenty-four-hour call to any spot on the globe where dispute and conflict may erupt.
    • Part II: "Rallying Round the Flag"

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