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From Robert F. Williams’ Negroes with Guns:

What happened and continues to happen in Monroe, N.C., illustrates an old truth: that words used in common by all men do not always have a meaning common to all men.  Men have engaged in life-or-death struggles because of differences of meaning in a commonly-used word.  The white racist believes in “freedom,” he believes in “fair trial,” he believes in “justice.”  He sincerely believes in these words and can use them with great emotion because to the white racist they mean his freedom to deprive the Negroes of their basic human rights and his courts where a “fair trial” is that procedure and that “justice” that decision which upholds the racist’s mad ideal of white supremacy.

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