"Any kind of movement for freedom of Black people based solely within the confines of America is absolutely doomed to fail."
Speeches and interviews from the last two years of Malcolm X's life.
(P)2012 BN Publishing
Having read and listened recently to the speeches of Adolph Hitler and these of Malcom X, I am struck by their similarity.Malcom X does a great job pointing out the evil of racism.
But his answer is another form of racism.Hitler pointed out the poverty of the German people at the hands of the Versaille Treaty, but his answer was to blame the Jews...racism.That is not an answer. It's what got us into this mess.
The color of your skin is not the determining factor that you are either an oppressor or a victim. Anyone can be born into that state, but that state is created by the behavior of others, not you. It is only by conditioning that we adopt the state we are born into. At some point we realize we have a choice.
What we do with it, how we overcome it and help our brothers and sisters overcome it is all that matters. How we find our voice and help others find their voice and stand their ground in confidence of principle, that is how we solve the problem.But you can't stand on principle when you call those white folks who hold the same principles white devils.
Malcom did a great job pointing out the subtle psychological effects of this kind of treatment, being the victim of folks who always thought they were better, folks who without even thinking assumed and acted as though they deserved more and you deserved less, year in and year out, generation in and out. But his answer is another form of racism.
You can hate the white devil without hating the compassion and virtue of many whites. But not according to Malcom X.
The white color of skin denies any recognition of compassion. He takes that as more important than acts of kindness, brotherhood / sisterhood and compassion.
Malcom X is a relic of a world where you identified some great virtue in the people in your own community, nation, or group and claim their right as a group, hoping to establish your own nation, on one continent or another.
But we don't live in that world anymore. As President Johnson said "The world has become a neighborhood before it has become a brotherhood."
So we must become that brotherhood.
Malcom saw the many different colors in the Muslim faith. But he refused to acknowledge that possibility here in America.
Once you choose hatred over recognition of virtue, regardless of the color of someone's skin, you automatically deny virtue's place even among your favored group. When you hate people who also are compassionate and trying to help, merely because of the color of their skin, merely because other whites have oppressed, and many others have simply silently participated by consent, you are automatically reinforcing the bigotry you decry.
So, what has gotten us where we are today is the philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr., plated with Malcom X's refusal to accept any form of prejudice from whites. Ultimately, we must get to the brotherhood spoken of by Reverand King. But to do so, we need to remind each other that while peaceful means are most certainly preferred, the first choice, at some point when they are not honored, then any means at all to redress on going oppression becomes acceptable.That point was Mr. X's great contribution. It stands as a truth today and for all nations and peoples.
His second major contribution was to encourage blacks to watch their dollars. To make sure they go back into their own community, and not poured out into the White community. That lesson is as vital today as ever, for all of America, as we watch our economy handed over to China by our own spending at Walmart....
But Malcom's bigotry is now nothing but a historical relic. And entirely unacceptable. Fighting for freedom, defending onself at the point of a sword, if needed, that is a legitimate point. More importantly, people of all colors now live together and work together in all nations.
History is rapidly moving beyond that race isolationism Mr. X. promoted. Only relics today, such as Mitt Romney, still are living in that past..
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