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collective power, and at times, it worked.
That does not mean that, you know, they reached the ideal of subordinating individual
ambition to group goals and strategy. But at least this dimension is now a part of the
struggle of the blacks in New York City for a more equitable share.
Well, then you balance that by saying that actually, this experiment in collective power
and influence has, as its manifestations of its success or failure, individuals. And what
happens in regard to the placement of individuals in “influential
I mean, you don't place a group in a position, a public official position, you place an
individual. And you seek to put behind individuals this kind of influence and power, to
the extent that you have reason to believe that this individual will be sensitive to and
responsive to the needs of the larger group, the large community.
That's not always the case, obviously, because you're dealing with human beings.
Now, why I was saying that I have a funny feeling that the Hundred Black Men might be --
I guess this is the last thing I'll say about the Group. There are two things that enter
my mind. The first one I've already mentioned -- the danger of being satisfied with the
public relations and the, I guess, essentially superficial or surface, the mayor type of
success. The difficulty involved in building something more solid and powerful. The
difficulty in terms of thinking and planning and experimenting with different methods and
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