“The fact of slavery had to have a profound impact on the subsequent attitudes of the larger society toward the black man. The fact of slavery helped to fix the sense of superior group position. Chief Justice Taney, in the Dred Scott decision of 1857, stated ‘…that they (black people) had no rights to which the white man was bound to respect; and that the negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for his benefit.’ The emancipation of the slaves by legal act could certainly not erase such notions from the minds of racists. They believed in their superior status, not in paper documents. And that belief has persisted.”

Source: Kwame Ture (formerly known as Stokley Carmichael) and Charles Hamilton. Black Power. pg. 25. 1967.


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