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Stokely Carmichael

Kwame Ture (born Stokely Carmichael, June 29, 1941 – November 15, 1998) was a Trinidadian-American who became a prominent figure in the Civil Rights Movement and the global Pan-African movement. He grew up in the United States from the age of 11 and became an activist while he attended Howard University. He would eventually become active in the Black Power movement, first as a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), later as the "Honorary Prime Minister" of the Black Panther Party (BPP), and finally as a leader of the All-African People's Revolutionary Party (A-APRP).

Carmichael was vehemently anti-Zionist, comparing Nazism to Zionism. "A Jew would say the only good Nazi is a dead Nazi. When you condemn Nazis you don't condemn Germans, you condemn a political philosophy. Zionists try to make their philosophy into a particular people. I'm against Zionism...The only good Zionist is a dead Zionist." Carmichael often described Zionism as settler-colonialist, and supported Fatah in what he considered to be a "just struggle" against Western Imperialism. At a speech at The George Washington University, Carmichael stated to a largely Jewish crowd that Israel is, “where Europeans leave their land, go to an area and completely take it over.” Amid boos, Carmichael remarked, "It’s beginning to look like a bar mitzvah." 

At Colgate University in February 1991, he said that Zionism was a "diabolical movement," and that Zionists were "enemies of the people." The day after he spoke at Tufts University in March 1991, an Israeli flag owned by four Jewish students living off-campus was set on fire and the charred remains placed back in the stand.

Carmichael is also known for his misogynistic positions of women in the Civil Rights Movement. During a SNCC meeting, Carmichael was asked about the position of women in the movement was. Carmichael responded by stating, "The only position for women in SNCC is prone."



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