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Q: Why was Bunche, despite his efforts, so loudly criticized by activists like Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael?

A:
Many of them did not understand how you could achieve something if you were not vocally involved, if you weren't loud in your criticism. If you were not dramatic in your efforts, that somehow you must be ineffectual. You had to shout and you had to make a loud noise in order to effectuate change, and I think that this would be true of Adam Clayton Powell as it was of, say, Malcolm X. Therefore, they never were able to see what it was that he saw and that he was trying to do.


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