Rise and Fall of Black Self-Esteem

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The Black Power Movement was a time when lower class and lower middle class black people recognized their self-worth and were willing to fight and die instead of accepting continued abuse from whites. During this time, black children were taught to love themselves and be proud of everything about themselves. These classes of black people began to take care of each other by doing their best to provide food, clothing, black history lessons, and support in ways that promoted black self-esteem. The government saw this change as a threat to the status quo and worked to destroy this movement by destroying the leaders of this movement. The government succeeded.

The video below highlights the points made above. At location 4:46, a demonstration of one way black children were taught to love themselves is shown.

 

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