Interview with Kenneth Clark

You had said earlier that we put Black Power as fashionable. Did you find it relevant in terms of the students needs on the campus?


I wasn't involved in any discussion of the ideology or the rhetoric of Black Power of putting Blackness as a major issue in terms of the responsibilities and goals of the university. As far as I was concerned a university was a place where you considered all kinds of problems and conflicts and sought to have intelligent and rational discussions. At that time if I remember correctly Black Power was a marching slogan. I don't recall anything about that slogan that was leading to a increase in justice and decency in racial, ah, racial justice I guess. To be quite honest with you, I was not particularly popular with some of the Black Power advocates at the time because I thought that it was really the negative side of White supremacy. And I had, no, I thought White supremacy was sort of stupid. And I think that Black Power rhetoric was not particularly rational or intelligent either.


Lets cut. That's it