Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) on Colin Powell, 1995 Interview

  • Interviewer: Colin Powell has said that, "the military is an excellent way for a Black person to advance."
  • Kwame Ture(Stokely Carmichael): I cannot see how anyone can tell me that the best way for one to advance is by being a hired killer. You mean to tell me that the only way we can advance is by being killers and being killers of the enemies of American Imperialism? Because who do we kill? We don't kill our enemies! Do we go to Azania, South Africa, and kill the clerk? Do we kill the Ku Klux Klan? Do we kill racist policemen? No, we go and we kill Arabs who ain't doing nothing against us. We don't even know them; they've never done anything against us. So, it is clear here that Mr. Powell is a liar. Mr. Powell is a traitor to his people, and Mr. Powell is a traitor to humanity, and Mr. Powell accepts that position. That position was made again, and don't you ever forget it, because of Dr. Martin Luther King. If you love King you can never love Powell.
  • Interviewer: If you were in a position to advise someone who had attained the position of general in the U.S. Army, and was offered the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, what would you have said?
  • Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael): Blow it up.
  • Interviewer: Hahaha, the Pentagon?!?
  • Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael): Blow it up.
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