"Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said he wanted above all else to get black people to shed the idea that they did not control their destiny, an idea he attributed to the power of racists to infect black people with self-defeating doubts and inferiority and create a psychological need to rely on whites for their well-being. Speaking about the victories of the 1960’s civil rights era, King said, ‘the real victory was what this period did to the Psyche of the black man…. We armed ourselves with dignity and self-respect. The greatness of this period was that we straightened our backs up. And a man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent."

Author Juan Williams from the book Enough

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