Harry Belafonte Issues a Dire Warning for America in His Final Public Appearance

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22 October 2017 |Chris Sosa | AlterNet

“Civil rights activist and entertainer Harry Belafonte made his self-described final public appearance at Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh on Friday.

During a wide-ranging discussion of his life, Belafonte issued a warning for our country.

He said that America “made a mistake” when it elected President Donald Trump, but feared the U.S. may be on the verge of committing horrific acts.

“I think the next mistake might very well be the gas chamber. And what happened to Jews [under] Hitler is not too far from our door,” he said.


But Belafonte believes the American people have the ability to stop the country from descending into darkness and lead the nation in a positive direction.

“We have achieved a lot in my lifetime,” Belafonte said. “Dr. King was not about nothing. Eleanor Roosevelt was not about nothing. I think in the final analysis that we shall overcome because what we did is […] we left a harvest that generations to come [will] reap. That they have not yet plowed. That they have not yet harvested.”


See Also: 

The Many Lives of Harry Belafonte Singer, actor, activist—he’s packed a lot into his 90 years.

Harry Belafonte: New York Times Archive

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