Stokely Carmichael’s Black Power Concept – Socialism
Nov, 8, 2010Posted by
Carmichael was a fierce castigator of the American way of life. According to the Black Activist the American society was rotten at the core due to its greediness and materialism, not least its capitalist economic system. Stokely Carmichael therefore urged for the discontinuation of that inhumane social system with the intent to create a new one with the human being at the center of attention. Free people, not free enterprise, was supposed to be the focus of this new American social order.
Taking inspiration from African statesmen Kwame Nkrumah (spiritual leader of panafricanism, who in 1957 became the first president of the indipendent African state of Ghana) and Sekou Touré (president of Guinea from 1958 – 1984), the type of Socialism Stokely Carmichael had in mind came close to African communalism. Beyond capitalism Carmichael fiercely rejeceted orthodox communism, ever since his high school years he strongly distrusted the communists arguing that they would abuse Black people and the race question for their communist goals.