_____(Q) Martin Luther King Jr. exhorted African Americans to become a moral ‘thermostat’ and not a moral ‘thermometer’ in US society – integration was essential but, based on insights and humanity gained through generations of injustice, black folks should integrate as moral reformers.
_____(R) Through either biology or social conditioning (who really cared?) women were clearly more humane and the world needed a strong infusion of them in positions of power.
_____(S) Elizabeth Cady Stanton, for example, identified the prevailing values of a corrupt America with the gender of the men who ran it.
_____(T) In fact, it may not be uncommon among folks who are oppressed to believe that they hold the key to social transformation.
_____(U) Integration into what existed (merely being a thermometer) was not a viable option, integrating as reformers (becoming a thermostat) was a possible destiny for black folks in the U.S.
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