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Malcolm X (Malcolm Little) (1925 – 1965)


American black nationalist leader.
Malcolm X (Malcolm Little)
When you take your case to Washington, D.C., youíre taking it to the criminal whoís responsible; itís like running from the wolf to the fox. Theyíre 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.
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I told the Englishman that my alma mater was books, a good library. Every time I catch a plane, I have with me a book that I want to readóand thatís a lot of books these days. If I werenít out here every day battling the white man, I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosityóbecause you can hardly mention anything Iím not curious about.
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In the past, yes, I have made sweeping indictments of all white people. I will never be guilty of that again ó as I know now that some white people are truly sincere, that some truly are capable of being brotherly toward a black man. The true Islam has shown me that a blanket indictment of all white people is as wrong as when whites make blanket indictments against blacks.




Allah has blessed us. He has destroyed twenty-two of our enemies.
X Malcolm (Malcolm Little)
You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.
Adam Clayton Powell is a Christian minister, heís the head of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, but at the same time, heís more famous for his political struggling. And Dr. King is a Christian Minister, in Atlanta, Georgia, but heís become more famous for being involved in the civil rights struggle. Thereís another in New York, Reverend Galamison, I donít know if youíve heard of him out here. Heís a Christian Minister from Brooklyn, but has become famous for his fight against a segregated school system in Brooklyn. Reverend Clee, right here, is a Christian Minister, here in Detroit. Heís the head of the Freedom Now Party. All of these are Christian Ministers, but they donít come to us as Christian Ministers. They come to us as fighters in some other category. Iím a Muslim minister the same as they are Christian Ministers Iím a Muslim minister. And I donít believe in fighting today in any one front, but on all fronts. In fact, Iím a black Nationalist Freedom Fighter.
Malcolm X (Malcolm Little)
The modern 20th century weapon of neo-imperialism is "dollarism." The Zionists have mastered the science of dollarism: the ability to come posing as a friend and benefactor, bearing gifts and all other forms of economic aid and offers of technical assistance. Thus, the power and influence of Zionist Israel in many of the newly "independent" African nations has fast-become even more unshakeable than that of the 18th century European colonialists... and this new kind of Zionist colonialism differs only in form and method, but never in motive or objective.
The political philosophy of black nationalism means that the black man should control the politics and the politicians in his own community; no more. The black man in the black community has to be re-educated into the science of politics so he will know what politics is supposed to bring him in return. Donít be throwing out any ballots. A ballot is like a bullet. You donít throw your ballots until you see a target, and if that target is not within your reach, keep your ballot in your pocket.
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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.
X Malcolm (Malcolm Little)
I'm not going to sit at your table and watch you eat, with nothing on my plate, and call myself a diner. Sitting at the table doesn't make you a diner, unless you eat some of what's on that plate. Being here in America doesn't make you an American. Being born here in America doesn't make you an American. Why, if birth made you American, you wouldn't need any legislation; you wouldn't need any amendments to the Constitution; you wouldn't be faced with civil-rights filibustering in Washington, D.C., right now.
Malcolm X (Malcolm Little)
Whether you are a Christian, or a Muslim, or a Nationalist, we all have the same problem. They donít hang you because youíre a Baptist; they hang you Ďcause youíre black. They donít attack me because Iím a Muslim; they attack me Ďcause Iím black. They attack all of us for the same reason -- all of us catch hell from the same enemy. Weíre all in the same bag, in the same boat. We suffer political oppression, economic exploitation, and social degradation all of them from the same enemy.




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.
Malcolm X (Malcolm Little)
I do believe that there will be a clash between East and West. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the systems of exploitation. I believe that there will be that kind of clash, but I don't think that it will be based upon the color of the skinÖ.
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We need to expand the civil-rights struggle to a higher levelóto 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 itís civil rights, this comes under the jurisdiction of Uncle Sam. But the United Nations has whatís 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 donít even know thereís a human-rights tree on the same floor.
X Malcolm (Malcolm Little)
Once you change your philosophy, you change your thought pattern. Once you change your thought pattern, you change your ó your attitude. Once you change your attitude, it changes your behavior pattern and then you go on into some action. As long as you gotta sit-down philosophy, youíll have a sit-down thought pattern, and as long as you think that old sit-down thought youíll be in some kind of sit-down action.
I believe in recognizing every human being as a human being, neither white, black, brown nor red. When you are dealing with humanity as one family, there's no question of integration or intermarriage. It's just one human being marrying another human being, or one human being living around and with another human being.
Malcolm X (Malcolm Little)
As I say, if we bring up religion weíll have differences; weíll have arguments; and weíll never be able to get together.
"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!"
Malcolm X (Malcolm Little)
Whenever youíre going after something that belongs to you, anyone whoís 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 canít 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.
Now, who is it that opposes you in carrying out the law? The police department itself. With police dogs and clubs. Whenever you demonstrate against segregation, whether it is segregated education, segregated housing, or anything else, the law is on your side, and anyone who stands in the way is not the law any longer. They are breaking the law; they are not representatives of the law.
X Malcolm (Malcolm Little)
The field Negro was beaten from morning to night; he lived in a shack, in a hut; he wore old, castoff clothes. He hated his master. I say he hated his master. He was intelligent. That house Negro loved his master, but that field Negro ó remember, they were in the majority, and they hated the master. When the house caught on fire, he didn't try to put it out; that field Negro prayed for a wind, for a breeze. When the master got sick, the field Negro prayed that he'd die. If someone came to the field Negro and said, "Let's separate, let's run," he didn't say, "Where we going?" He'd say, "Any place is better than here."


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