And I cannot fault him for that.
It always kills me, that when I hear white people talk about Malcolm, they think he should have come bearing doves, waving white flags, with a peace symbol pinned to his lapel. But why? It is the height of fucking arrogance to think that a people who have been beaten, shamed, degraded, enslaved, given vastly fewer opportunities, hanged from trees, prevented from voting, and told that this was the lot of their race, should ask for rights. Should come timidly to beseech those in power for just treatment.
in addition to which, asking doesn’t work.
Exactly. The only way whiteness will understand is through action. There is a reason why black people who actively advocated doing for themselves were vilified in history books in comparison to the non-violent and “peaceful” protesters.
Notice how white folks ALWAYS wanna quote Martin Luther King’s speech about “content of character.” I don’t see their asses EVER bringing up how he LAMBASTS WHITENESS ON A REGULAR. The selective memory is astounding.
Make no mistake: Malcolm X had it right, and that’s what scared the piss out of white folks: the notion that black people weren’t going to take their bullshit anymore.
White folks wouldn’t be so scared of the black people “doing things in reverse” if they ass didn’t deserve it….
A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.
Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.
It is incontestable and deplorable that Negroes have committed crimes; but they are derivative crimes. They are born of the greater crimes of the white society.
It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.
Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.
W]hen you first name becomes “nigger,” your middle name becomes “boy” (however old you are), and your wife and mother are never given the respected title “Mrs.”; when you are harried by day and haunted by night by the fact that you are a Negro… when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of “nobodiness” - then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
and a bit of June Jordan:
We do not deride the fears of prospering white America. A nation of violence and private property has every reason to dread the violated and the deprived. ~June Jordan