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Tony Michels

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814757437

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814757437.001.0001

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“If I Were a Colored Man What Would I Do?” (1919)

“If I Were a Colored Man What Would I Do?” (1919)

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Jewish Radicals

Louis Michel

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This chapter focuses on the need for black empowerment against the backdrop of more than two dozen race riots in cities around the country. The author, Louis Michel, a socialist-Zionist, exhorts the person of color to be proud of their heritage, especially when compared to those who would uphold racial prejudice. In addition, the chapter outlines the ideal actions and attitudes for people of color to take in the political, economic, and educational spheres—stressing the need for gauging these areas in terms of equal opportunity, empowerment, and independence for colored people. The chapter thus emphasizes this formulation of citizenship in the United States.

Keywords:   race riots, Louis Michel, racial prejudice, politics, economics, education, citizenship

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