T.G.I.F.; Throw away the key; Bump in night; City hall; Promises; et al.
fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Jun 26 01:44:49 UTC 1999
On Fri, 25 Jun 1999 Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:
> PART OF THE SOLUTION OR PART OF THE PROBLEM?
> The CODP has "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the
> problem" from 1975.
> The Periodical Contents Index shows "Are we part of the problem or of
> the answer?" by Harry Emerson Fosdick, NEA BULLETIN, December 1943, pg. 621.
The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations has the following, which probably
represents the coinage of the either/or formulation:
What we're saying today is that you're either part of the solution or
you're part of the problem.
Eldridge Cleaver, Speech in San Francisco, 1969, in R. Scheer
_Eldridge Cleaver, Post Prison Writings and Speeches_ (1969) p. xxxii
Closer to the common form of the expression is this, which I found
Like the more modern black militant Eldridge Cleaver, many abolitionists
believed that a person or institution that was not part of the solution
was part of the problem.
Gerald Sorin, _Abolitionism: A New Perspective_ 71 (1972)
I have a slight acquaintance with Cleaver's widow, Kathleen Cleaver. Next
time I see her I'll have to ask her about the origins of this saying.
Fred R. Shapiro Coeditor (with Jane Garry)
Associate Librarian for Public Services TRIAL AND ERROR: AN OXFORD
and Lecturer in Legal Research ANTHOLOGY OF LEGAL STORIES
Yale Law School Oxford University Press, 1998
e-mail: fred.shapiro at yale.edu ISBN 0-19-509547-2
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