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
We reject segregation even more militantly than you say you do! We want separation, which is not the same! The Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us that segregation is when your life and liberty are controlled, regulated, by someone else. To segregate means to control. 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!
Whenever any group can vote in a bloc, and decide the outcome of elections, and it fails to do this, then that group is politically sick.
You can't have capitalism without racism.
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 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.
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.
Since I learned the truth in Mecca, my dearest friends have come to include all kinds -- some Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, agnostics, and even atheists! I have friends who are called capitalists, Socialists, and Communists! Some of my friends are moderates, conservatives, extremists -- some are even Uncle Toms! My friends today are black, brown, red, yellow, and white!
The color-blindness of the Muslim world?s religious society and the color-blindness of the Muslim world?s human society: these two influences had each day been making a greater impact, and an increasing persuasion against my previous way of thinking.
The only way we'll get freedom for ourselves is to identify ourselves with every oppressed people in the world. We are blood brothers to the people of Brazil, Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba -- yes Cuba too.