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Promise or Peril : The Black College Student in America
Promise or Peril The Black College Student in America Author:William R. Corson This is a book about the possibility of a black revolution in America. It is writtn by a man who knows the techniques of insurgency and revolution perhaps better than any man in America, the man whose book about Vietman could not be published until he resigned as an officer in the Marine Corps and who was threatened with a court-martial when he... more » did.
Because he is a man who believes his role is to be where the heat is generated, Willian Corson, after his retirement as a Lietenant Coloel in the Marines and as a commonder of the Marine pcification teams in Vietnam, took a post as a professor of econimics at Howard University, the leading black educational institution in the nation. He did so because he feels that the black college student is one of the keys to America's survival. He believes that the small, fragmented minority of black Americans who have given up hope of achieving peaceful means and have turned to violence will fail to moint their revoltion unless they can radicalize and recruit the black college student to form the leadership cadre of the future.
his book is an account of what he found among the black students -- thjeir hopes to move up in American society rather than o destroy it, the great pressures put upon them to join the radical militants, and where they stand today. He descrives whiat might be the scenario for revolution if we fail to open our society to its black citizens. He shows how repression must surely lead to revolution. He shows how, if white Amierica recogniszes where its true, long-range self-interest lies, we may take decisive steps to offer black youth a real alternative to revolutn.
This is an explosive, and, in some ways, a frightening book. But it is also constructive, hopeful, and totally honest. And it is by a man who knows its subject from the inside and from experience.
There can be few books of greater importance to Americans who are willing to face the future objectively.« less