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The Quest For Racial Change: African American Intellectuals And The Black Liberal Tradition, Brian D. Behnken Jan 2017

The Quest For Racial Change: African American Intellectuals And The Black Liberal Tradition, Brian D. Behnken

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In his influential book Stride toward Freedom, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. argued that the United States had displayed "a schizophrenic personality on the question of race." In making this statement, he linked the double consciousness that black people experienced on a daily basis to the broader American body politic.The United States, King wrote, "has been torn between two selves-a self in which she has proudly professed democracy and a self in which she has sadly practiced the antithesis of democracy:' This bipolarity had plagued the United States since the birth of the Republic. King recognized in the civil ...