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but that's not love. I mean, you know, love, no matter how you
define it, no matter how many of the Greek words you use to
differentiate the various kinds of love, let's face the fact that
oppressed human beings do not react to oppression by philosophy.
It's interesting, I went from your allusion to Andy Young,
to Martin, because that's when I first met Andy, as an associate
of Martin, and I was always impressed with their sophistication,
even as I raised my questions about the extent to which that sophistication
could be directly translated to the masses.
Now, I also must say that they seem to have succeeded, in
their way, in their communication with the masses of blacks, in terms
of broadening the perspective, generally. And I guess one reason is
because nobody engaged in this kind of seminar discussion that I'm
having about it -- that Martin and Andy, in his way, were such
persuasive speakers, you know, that they radiated sincerity, that it
didn't encourage analysis, although the implications of what they
were saying -- and it's probably just as well. Neither were they
demagogues in this. They were a well-needed breath of fresh air.
The other thing I that I suppose was the basis of my debate with
Martin on this is, because he always made me feel so damned inadequate.
He really believed what he said. He really believed in love --
on many different levels. He was a genuine person. He's one of the
few persons I know, or knew, in which the public stands and philosophy,
and the private person, were close, if not identical. I mean,
I never heard him say a nasty or a petty thing about another
human being -- including J.. Edgar Hoover. And I got angry with him
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