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It is commonly suggested that black separatist movements tend to attract young blacks. 5 percent, respectively), there is some truth in the suggestion. Moreover, in general, today's black youths seem to be more open-minded about other liberation strategies, including black separatism, as alternatives to integration. " 9 Diagram 2. Movement Organization Age Profile* Movement Nation of Islam CORE SNCC** 8 Leadership The Late Elijah Muhammad Age of Susceptibility* Membership Most likely place of recruitment all ages all ages all ages all ages
Their search continues — a search for a place where they can experience the security that comes from being a part of the majority culture, free at last from the inhibiting effects of cultural repression and induced cultural timidity and shame. "THIS LAND IS OUR RIGHTFUL HOME" If we have been separated from Africa for so long that we are no longer quite at ease there, then we are left with only one place to make our home, and that is in this land to which we were brought in chains. Justice would indicate such a A Case for Separatism solution in any case, for it is North America, not Africa, into which our toil and effort have been poured.
A black child in a predominantly black school may realize that she doesn't look like the pictures in the books, magazines, and TV advertisements, but at least she looks like her schoolmates and neighbors. The black child in a predominantly white school and neighborhood lacks even this basis for identification. THE PROBLEM OF IDENTITY This identity problem is not peculiar to the Negro, of course, nor is it limited to questions of physical appearance. Minorities of all sorts encounter it in one form or another — the immigrant who speaks with an accent; the Jewish child who doesn't celebrate Christmas; the vegetarian who shuns meat.