Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little, Muslim name El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz

X, born Malcolm Little, Muslim name El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz

African-American Muslim Minister, Human Rights Activist

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The more I began to stay away from home and visit people and steal from the stores, the more aggressive I became in my inclinations. I never wanted to wait for anything.

The white man is not inherently evil, but America?s racist society influences him to act evilly. The society has produced and nourishes a psychology which brings out the lowest, most base part of human beings.

They don't stand for anything different in South Africa than America stands for. The only difference is over there they preach as well as practice apartheid. America preaches freedom and practices slavery.

Today our people can see that we?re faced with a government conspiracy. This government has failed us. The senators who are filibustering concerning your and my rights, that?s the government. Don?t say its Southern senators. This is the government; this is a government filibuster. It?s not a segregationist filibuster. It?s a government filibuster. Any kind of activity that takes place on the floor of the Congress or the Senate, it?s the government. Any kind of dillydallying, that?s the government. Any kind of pussyfooting, that?s the government. Any kind of act that?s designed to delay or deprive you and me right now of getting full rights, that?s the government that?s responsible. And any time you find the government involved in a conspiracy to violate the citizenship or the civil rights of a people, then you are wasting your time going to that government expecting redress. Instead, you have to take that government to the World Court and accuse it of genocide and all of the other crimes that it is guilty of today.

We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.

When you have an organization that's neither political nor religious and doesn't take part in the civil rights struggle, what can it call itself? It's in a vacuum.

You can?t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has freedom.

If you stick a knife in my back nine inches and pull it out six inches, there's no progress. If you pull it all the way out that's not progress. Progress is healing the wound that the blow made. And they haven't even pulled the knife out much less heal the wound. They won't even admit the knife is there.

Islam is my religion, but I believe my religion is my personal business. It governs my personal life, my personal morals. And my religious philosophy is personal between me and the God in whom I believe; just as the religious philosophy of these others is between them and the God in whom they believe. And this is best this way. Were we to come out here discussing religion, we?d have too many differences from the out-start and we could never get together... If we bring up religion, we?ll be in an argument, and the best way to keep away from arguments and differences, as I said earlier, put your religion at home in the closet. Keep it between you and your God. Because if it hasn?t done anything more for you than it has, you need to forget it anyway.

It's the ballot or the bullet. It's liberty or its death. It's freedom for everybody or freedom for nobody.

No, I?m not an American. I?m one of 22 million black people who are the victims of Americanism. One of the? victims of democracy, nothing but disguised hypocrisy. So I?m not standing here speaking to you as an American, or a patriot, or a flag-saluter, or a flag-waver ? no, not I! I?m speaking as a victim of this American system. I don?t see any American dream; I see an American nightmare!

Read absolutely everything you get your hands on because you'll never know where you'll get an idea from.

The black man in North America was sickest of all politically. He let the white man divide him into such foolishness as considering himself a black ?Democrat,? a black ?Republican,? a black ?Conservative,? or a black ?Liberal? ?when a ten-million black vote bloc could be the deciding balance of power in American politics, because the white man?s vote is almost always evenly divided.

The Negro revolution is controlled by foxy white liberals, by the Government itself. But the Black Revolution is controlled only by God.

The White man pays Reverend Martin Luther King so that Martin Luther King can keep the Negro defenseless.

They know that as long as they keep us undereducated, or with an inferior education, it?s impossible for us to compete with them for job openings. And as long as we can?t compete with them and get a decent job, we?re trapped. We are low-wage earners. We have to live in a run-down neighborhood, which means our children go to inferior schools. They get inferior education. And when they grow up, they fall right into the same cycle again. This is the American way. This is the American democracy that she tries to sell to the whole world as being that which will solve the problems of other people too.

Today this country can become involved in a revolution that won't take bloodshed. All she's got to do is give the black man in this country everything that's due him, everything.

We need to expand the civil-rights struggle to a higher level?to the level of human rights. Whenever you are in a civil-rights struggle, whether you know it or not, you are confining yourself to the jurisdiction of Uncle Sam. No one from the outside world can speak out in your behalf as long as your struggle is a civil-rights struggle. Civil rights comes within the domestic affairs of this country. All of our African brothers and our Asian brothers and our Latin-American brothers cannot open their mouths and interfere in the domestic affairs of the United States. And as long as it?s civil rights, this comes under the jurisdiction of Uncle Sam. But the United Nations has what?s known as the charter of human rights; it has a committee that deals in human rights. You may wonder why all of the atrocities that have been committed in Africa and in Hungary and in Asia, and in Latin America are brought before the UN, and the Negro problem is never brought before the UN. This is part of the conspiracy. This old, tricky blue eyed liberal who is supposed to be your and my friend, supposed to be in our corner, supposed to be subsidizing our struggle, and supposed to be acting in the capacity of an adviser, never tells you anything about human rights. They keep you wrapped up in civil rights. And you spend so much time barking up the civil-rights tree, you don?t even know there?s a human-rights tree on the same floor.

When you take your case to Washington, D.C., you?re taking it to the criminal who?s responsible; it?s like running from the wolf to the fox. They?re all in cahoots together. They all work political chicanery and make you look like a chump before the eyes of the world. Here you are walking around in America, getting ready to be drafted and sent abroad, like a tin soldier, and when you get over there, people ask you what are you fighting for, and you have to stick your tongue in your cheek. No, take Uncle Sam to court, take him before the world.

You can't hate the roots of a tree and not hate the tree.

A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can't play the part of a wise man.

And in the racial climate of this country today, it is anybody?s guess which of the ?extremes? in approach to the black man?s problems might personally meet a fatal catastrophe first ? ?non-violent? Dr. King, or so-called ?violent? me.

Birth must be reviewed. All of our experiences fuse into our personality. Everything that ever happened to us is an ingredient.

Don't condemn if you see a person has a dirty glass of water, just show them the clean glass of water that you have. When they inspect it, you won't have to say that yours is better.

I am for violence if non-violence means we continue postponing a solution to the American black man's problem just to avoid violence.

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African-American Muslim Minister, Human Rights Activist