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Executive Records, Governor Spiro T. Agnew, 1967-1969
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760 ADDRESSES AND STATE PAPERS

In Baltimore on April 3, 1968 — three days before the Baltimore riots
began.

It is deplorable and a sign of sickness in our society that the lunatic
fringes of the black and white communities speak with wide publicity
while we, the moderates, remain continuously mute. I cannot believe
that the only alternative to white racism is black racism.

Somewhere the objectives of the civil rights movement have been
obscured in a surge of emotional oversimplification. Somewhere the
goal of equal opportunity has been replaced by the goal of instantane-
ous economic equality. This country does not guarantee that every
man will be successful but only that he will have an equal oppor-
tunity to achieve success. I readily admit that this equal opportunity
has not always been present for Negroes — that it is still not totally
present for Negroes. But I say that we have come a long way. And
I say that the road we have trodden is built with the sweat of the
Roy Wilkinses and the Whitney Youngs — with the spiritual leader-
ship of Dr. Martin Luther King — and not with violence.

Tell me one constructive achievement that has flowed from the
madness of the twin priests of violence, Stokely Carmichael and Rap
Brown. They do not build — they demolish. They are agents of de-
struction and they will surely destroy us if we do not repudiate them
and their philosophies — along with the white racists such as Joseph
Carroll and Connie Lynch — the American Nazi Party, the John
Birchers, and their fellow travelers.

The bitterness of past and present days has been brewed by words
like these:

We have to retaliate for the deaths of our leaders. The execu-
tion for those deaths will not be in the court rooms. They're
going to be in the streets of the United States of America....
Black people know that they have to get guns.

-Stokely Carmichael: Washington, D. C., April 5, 1968.

And:

To hell with the laws of the United States.... Your brothers
in the ghettos are going to wake up with matches... if a white
man tries to walk over you, kill him... one match and you can
retaliate. Burn, baby, burn... We're going to tear the cities up....

—Stokely Carmichael: Miles College, April 4, 1967.

 

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