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Sun Aug 20, 2017, 11:58 AM

Fried Chicken, the KKK, and Dick Gregory

“Last time I was down South I walked into this restaurant, and this white waitress came up to me and said, 'We don't serve colored people here.'

“I said, 'That's all right, I don't eat colored people. Bring me a whole fried chicken.'

“About that time these three cousins come in, you know the ones I mean, Ku, Klux, and Klan, and they say, “Boy we're givin' you fair warnin' ...Anything you do to that chicken, we're gonna do to you.' About that time, the waitress brought me my chicken. 'Remember, boy, anything you do to that chicken, we're gonna do to you.' So I put down my knife and fork, and I picked up that chicken, and I kissed it.”
Dick Gregory


The passing of Dick Gregory brought back memories from long ago. One in particular is somewhat unpleasant. I'd like to blame Abbie Hoffman, but our school library never carried his books. Anyhow, as there were two copies of Dick's biography – the one the above quote is found on page 144 – I stole one of the copies. Although I've donated other books to the school in the decades since, I still felt bad when I walked over to a bookshelf in my library, and grabbed Dick's book. But I suppose if I hadn't stolen it half a century ago, I couldn't have quoted from what remains one of my favorite pages in it.

Now that we've gotten past that, I'd like to recommend that everyone read pages 200-204, which contain one of my favorite presentations anyone gave in the 1960s, about the need for people to engage in peaceful public protests.

Dick was a supporter of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, long before it was a popular “cause.” And DU historians know about a specific conversation he had with Malcolm X – one Malcolm later said would have resulted in him punching anyone else in the mouth, had they said the things Dick did.

We've lost one of the Elders. But the wisdom he shared with us lives on.

Peace,
H2O Man

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Reply Fried Chicken, the KKK, and Dick Gregory (Original post)
H2O Man Aug 2017 OP
Me. Aug 2017 #1
H2O Man Aug 2017 #13
Me. Aug 2017 #17
H2O Man Aug 2017 #19
malaise Aug 2017 #2
H2O Man Aug 2017 #14
malaise Aug 2017 #18
H2O Man Aug 2017 #20
malaise Aug 2017 #24
oasis Aug 2017 #3
H2O Man Aug 2017 #15
nini Aug 2017 #4
H2O Man Aug 2017 #16
Easterncedar Aug 2017 #5
gopiscrap Aug 2017 #10
H2O Man Aug 2017 #21
apkhgp Aug 2017 #6
H2O Man Aug 2017 #23
spanone Aug 2017 #7
cachukis Aug 2017 #8
TomVilmer Aug 2017 #9
Ken Burch Aug 2017 #11
Solly Mack Aug 2017 #12
Beringia Aug 2017 #22

Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 12:19 PM

1. Breathe Free Elder Gregory

Breathe Free

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Response to Me. (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 07:12 PM

13. I loved the

way he looked like a prophet of old in his later years.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #13)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 07:26 PM

17. Sitting There With Children!

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Response to Me. (Reply #17)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 08:06 PM

19. Yeah!

Exactly.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 12:26 PM

2. What a beautiful post

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Response to malaise (Reply #2)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 07:12 PM

14. Thank you!

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #14)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 07:36 PM

18. I am listening to the annual Garvey celebrations on IRIE fm

and there was a one minute silence for Dick Gregory.

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Response to malaise (Reply #18)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 08:07 PM

20. Nice!

I've seen a few reports on the news, some with great film of his career, today. My son has been e-mailing me a number of photos of Dick, including one of him and Bob Marley!

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #20)

Mon Aug 21, 2017, 04:02 PM

24. There's a famous photo from

1979

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 12:26 PM

3. Over many decades, there was never a doubt where Gregory stood

on issues of Justice in America.

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Response to oasis (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 07:13 PM

15. Right!

He put himself on the line, many times.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 02:00 PM

4. It's sad so many young people don't really know who he is

May he rest in peace

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Response to nini (Reply #4)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 07:14 PM

16. Not enough of them do,

that's for sure. But they should!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 02:12 PM

5. You made me join

H2OMan,
After a long time lurking here, I finally signed up so I could thank you for this post. I was a youngster when I first heard of Dick Gregory, and an unwitting soldier in the school desegregation fight. He was one of those who helped make sense of the chaos for me, a white kid sent to a black school, in western New York. He was a hero, and so are you. Thanks.

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Response to Easterncedar (Reply #5)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 03:29 PM

10. welcome to DU

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Response to Easterncedar (Reply #5)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 08:09 PM

21. Thanks!

I'm glad that you joined.

What part of NYS did you grow up in? I was from the Sidney (Delaware County) area.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 02:28 PM

6. Wisdom

Wisdom is a wonderful thing. An inheritance that keeps on giving. It does not matter where it comes from . Only how it is used and where it goes from there. To be honest I had to watch a couple of videos just now to see the kind of activist Dick Gregory was. Eye opening. During the 1968 Election he got 9 million votes from one computer in Pennsylvania, then a computer in New York took those away from him. I think that was how he explained it in the video I saw. Conspiracy, I think.


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Response to apkhgp (Reply #6)

Mon Aug 21, 2017, 03:57 PM

23. Dick Gregory

was never afraid to challenge the system. He made people laugh throughout his career, even those who didn't like him. And, of course, the only people who disliked him were racists, and they were challenged by his message. And many of the racists liked his humor. So I always considered him a master communicator, more so than a comic, in the human rights - social justice movement.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 02:32 PM

7. K&R...

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 02:37 PM

8. Saw him in 1969 in New Hampshire while a high school senior.

Never forgot how he took such a serious subject and laced it with humor. Raised my level of consciousness.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 03:01 PM

9. That guy could talk and write!

From this link to Google Books, you can read the pages 200-203, and a lot of the rest of that book.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 03:32 PM

11. If you hadn't stolen it, the school board would probably have ordered it removed from the shelves

 

at some point.

If you still feel bad about it, donate a new copy to the school. After all, it's already in the reference system.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 03:38 PM

12. K&R

I marched with him for civil rights, along with several other notables. I was a fan long before that though.

He spoke at the gathering as well in typical Gregory style.



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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Aug 21, 2017, 12:51 PM

22. I saw him when my father

took us to see the Greenpeace ship when it was docked in Lake Michigan, though looking back, I don't know how the ship got there. My father pointed him out to us.

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