Militant negro leader H. Rep Brown, who was seriously injured in a gunfight with police?
RAP BROWN TALKING AT MEETING.
TRANSCRIPT: BROWN: "I say violence is necessary. Violence is a part of the America's culture. It is as American as cherry pie. America taught the black people to be violent. We will use that violence to rid ourselves of oppression if necessary. We will be free by any means necessary."
"People know what they should do. People know what they should do--if Washington D.C. don't come round Washington should be burned down."
REPORTER: "Isn't that the same thing you said at Cambridge?"
BROWN: "I said it not only in Cambridge, I say everywhere else I speak. I said it in Detroit. I said we should burn Mo-town (detroit) down.And what's left of Mo-town is nothing.
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Background: Militant negro leader H. Rep Brown, who was seriously injured in a gunfight with police in New York on Saturday (October 16), advocates solving Negro problems with violence. At one meeting in Washington in 1967, for example, he coined the phrase "violence is as American as cherry pie", and suggested that black people should burn down their cities and towns if their demands were not met. Those demands, he said, included black city governments. This film, a re-issue from the VISNEWS film library, shows Brown calling for the sacking of Washington and Detroit at that 1967 meeting.