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the community, but the white man has got all our stores in the community tied up; so that though we spend it in the community, at sundown the man who runs the store takes it over across town somewhere.  He's got us in a vise."

-- "The Ballot or the Bullet," April 3, 1964


     "I would just like to say this in my conclusion.  You'll see terrorism that will terrify you, and if you don't think you'll see it, you're trying to blind yourself to the historic development of everything that's taking place on this earth today.  You'll see other things.

     "Why will you see them?  Because people will realize that it's impossible for a chicken to produce a duck egg -- even though they both belong to the same family of fowl.  A chicken just doesn't have it within its system to produce a duck egg.  It can't do it.  It can only produce according to what that particular system was constructed to produce.  The system in this country cannot produce freedom for an Afro-American.  It is impossible for this system, this economic system, this political system, this social system, this system, period.  It's impossible for this system, as it stands, to produce freedom right now for the black man in this country.  "And if ever a chicken did produce a duck egg, I'm quite sure you would say it was certainly a revolutionary chicken."

--"The Harlem 'Hate-Gang Scare," May 29, 1964