TELL IT LIKE IT IS by Chuck Stone


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Chuck Stone has been billed as the angry young man of the Negro press, Now turned forty, and wondering whether there are any angry old men around, he is executive assistant to the Committee on Education and Labor of the United States Congress. These pieces consist of his columns for the New York Age, the Chicago Defender and Washington Afro. They are at a three-year remove from 1967 (concluding in 1964) and militant Black Power. Here Stone is for Adam Clayton Powell and against ""ceremonial Negro leaders"" one step up from Uncle Tom; he thinks the Negro should get into the marketplace, place capitalism before integration. ""I believe in switching political parties and picketing, boycotting, 'buying black, employing every democratic measure to fight for total equality,"" he says. He also tells ""Why Negro Men Wear Mustaches"" and why so few Negro women have ""big legs"" (a sociological phenomenon). Whether writing about Harlem on display, ""colored snow"" in Chicago (it sticks longer than white snow) or the seating of the Mississippi delegation, Chuck Stone touches home base. He presents a modified middle class approach to Negro goals.

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 1967
Publisher: Trident