African-American Muslim Minister, Human Rights Activist
Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little, Muslim name El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz
African-American Muslim Minister, Human Rights Activist
The whites of the younger generation, in the colleges and universities, will see the handwriting on the wall and many of them will turn to the spiritual path of truth.
They put your mind right in a bag, and take it wherever they want.
Today, when everything that I do has an urgency, I would not spend one hour in the preparation of a book which had the ambition to perhaps titillate some readers. But I am spending many hours
We want freedom by any means necessary. We want justice by any means necessary. We want equality by any means necessary.
Whenever you got a racial powder keg sitting in your lap, you're in more trouble than if you had an atomic powder keg sitting in your lap. When a racial powder keg goes off, it doesn't care who it knocks out the way. Understand this, it's dangerous.
You can't legislate good will - that comes through education.
I?m not here to argue or discuss anything that we differ about, because it?s time for us to submerge our differences and realize that it is best for us to first see that we have the same problem, a common problem, a problem that will make you catch hell whether you?re a Baptist, or a Methodist, or a Muslim, or a nationalist. Whether you?re educated or illiterate, whether you live on the boulevard or in the alley, you?re going to catch hell just like I am. We?re all in the same boat and we all are going to catch the same hell from the same man. He just happens to be a white man. All of us have suffered here, in this country, political oppression at the hands of the white man, economic exploitation at the hands of the white man, and social degradation at the hands of the white man.
If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.
It has always been my belief that I, too, will die by violence. I have done all that I can to be prepared.
I've had enough of someone else's propaganda. I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it's for or against. I'm a human being first and foremost, and as such I am for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.
Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you''re a man, you take it.
Segregation is that which is forced upon inferiors by superiors. But separation is that which is done voluntarily, by two equals- for the good of both.
The collective white man had acted like a devil in virtually every contact he had with the world?s collective non-white man.
The only true world solution today is governments guided by true religion ? of the spirit.
The worship of one god alone brings the man of peace who speaks it everyone one thing to achieve.
This government has failed the Negro. This so-called democracy has failed the Negro. And all these white liberals have definitely failed the Negro.
Today?s Uncle Tom doesn?t wear a handkerchief on his head. This modern, twentieth-century Uncle Thomas now often wears a top hat. He?s usually well-dressed and well-educated. He?s often the personification of culture and refinement. The twentieth-century Uncle Thomas sometimes speaks with a Yale or Harvard accent. Sometimes he is known as Professor, Doctor, Judge, and Reverend, even Right Reverend Doctor. This twentieth-century Uncle Thomas is a professional Negro ?by that I mean his profession is being a Negro for the white man.
We who follow the Honorable Elijah Muhammad feel that when you try and pass integration laws here in America, forcing white people to pretend that they are accepting black people, what you are doing is making white people act in a hypocritical way.
Whenever you?re going after something that belongs to you, anyone who?s depriving you of the right to have it is a criminal. Understand that. Whenever you are going after something that is yours, you are within your legal rights to lay claim to it. And anyone who puts forth any effort to deprive you of that which is yours, is breaking the law, is a criminal. And this was pointed out by the Supreme Court decision. It outlawed segregation. Which means segregation is against the law. Which means a segregationist is breaking the law. A segregationist is a criminal. You can?t label him as anything other than that. And when you demonstrate against segregation, the law is on your side. The Supreme Court is on your side.
You don't have a peaceful revolution. You don't have a turn-the-cheek revolution. There's no such thing as a nonviolent revolution.
If a dog is biting a black man, the black man should kill the dog, whether the dog is a police dog or a hound dog or any kind of dog. If a dog is fixed on a black man when that black man is doing nothing but trying to take advantage of what the government says is supposed to be his, then that black man should kill that dog or any two-legged dog who sets the dog on him.
If you're not ready to die for it, put the word ''freedom'' out of your vocabulary.
It is a time for martyrs now, and if I am to be one, it will be for the cause of brotherhood. That's the only thing that can save this country.
I've never seen a sincere white man, not when it comes to helping black people. Usually things like this are done by white people to benefit themselves. The white man's primary interest is not to elevate the thinking of black people, or to waken black people, or white people either. The white man is interested in the black man only to the extent that the black man is of use to him. The white man's interest is to make money, to exploit.
Nonviolence is fine as long as it works.