In chapter 4 : James McBride's childhood impressions of the Black Power movement are contradictory. what positive attributes does he perceive?
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Chapter 4 deals with the whole issue of Blacks fighting for pride and, more specifically, retribution against white oppression. The Black Power Movement gave James an outlet for his frustrations over rampant racism. In 1966, when James was nine, "black power" struck fear into his heart: "I thought black power would be the end of my mother. I swallowed the white man's fear of the Negro, as we were called back then...When James punched the son of a Black Panther because he feared for his mother's safety, the action expressed a clear alliance with his mother, and not with the Black Power movement.