James Forman

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Black people ... are the most humane people within the United States. We have suffered and we understand suffering.

James Forman (October 4, 1928 – January 10, 2005) was a prominent African-American leader in the civil rights movement.


"The Black Manifesto" (1969)[edit]

in Black Manifesto: Religion, Racism, and Reparations, edited by Robert S. Lecky and H. Elliott Wright (1969)
  • We should not think of going back to Africa today, for we are located in a strategic position. We live inside the United States, which is the most barbaric country in the world, and we have a chance to help bring this government down.
    • p. 116
  • Caution is fine, but no oppressed people ever gained their liberation until they were ready to fight, to use whatever means necessary, including the use of force and power of the gun to bring down the colonizer.
    • p. 116
  • Black people in this country must understand that we are the vanguard force. We shall liberate all the people in the United States, and we will be instrumental in the liberation of colored people the world around.
    • p. 116
  • Any class analysis of the United States shows very clearly that black people are the most oppressed group of people inside the United States. We have suffered the most from racism and exploitation, cultural degradation and lack of political power. It follows from the laws of revolution that the most oppressed will make the revolution.
    • p. 116
  • Black people ... are the most humane people within the United States. We have suffered and we understand suffering.
    • p. 116
  • White people in this country must be willing to accept black leadership, for that is the only protection that black people have to protect ourselves from racism rising again in this country. Racism in the United States is so pervasive in the mentality of whites that only an armed, well-disciplined, black-controlled Government can insure the stamping out of racism in this country.
    • p. 118
  • We must boldly go out and attack the white Western world at its power centers. The white Christian churches are another form of government in this country, and they are used by the government of this country to exploit the people of Latin America, Asia and Africa.
    • p. 125

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