Malcolm X


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  • ''The day that the Black man takes an uncompromising step and realizes that he is within his rights, when his own freedom is being jeopardized, to use any means necessary to bring about his freedom or put a halt to that injustice, I don't think he'll be by himself.''
    Malcolm X (1925-1965), U.S. African-American leader. Oxford Union Society Debate, Dec. 3, 1964. Malcolm X Talks to Young People, ed. Steve Clark (1991). The words "by any means necessary" became a rallying-call among radical movements since the 1960s.
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  • ''If violence is wrong in America, violence is wrong abroad. If it is wrong to be violent defending black women and black children and black babies and black men, then it is wrong for America to draft us, and make us violent abroad in defense of her. And if it is right for America to draft us, and teach us how to be violent in defense of her, then it is right for you and me to do whatever is necessary to defend our own people right here in this country.''
    Malcolm X (1925-1965), U.S. African-American leader. speech, Nov. 1963, New York City.
  • ''The Negro revolution is controlled by foxy white liberals, by the Government itself. But the Black Revolution is controlled only by God.''
    Malcolm X (1925-1965), U.S. black leader. speech, Dec. 1, 1963, New York City.
  • ''If you're born in America with a black skin, you're born in prison, and the masses of black people in America today are beginning to regard our plight or predicament in this society as one of a prison inmate.''
    Malcolm X (1925-1965), U.S. African-American leader. Interview June 1963. Malcolm X: The Man and His Times, pt. 3, "Malcolm X Talks with Kenneth B. Clark," ed. John Henrik Clarke (1969).
  • ''You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.''
    Malcolm X (1925-1965), U.S. African-American leader. "Prospects for Freedom in 1965," speech, Jan. 7, 1965, New York City. Malcolm X Speaks, ch. 12 (1965).
  • ''There is nothing in our book, the Koran, that teaches us to suffer peacefully. Our religion teaches us to be intelligent. Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery. That's a good religion.''
    Malcolm X (1925-1965), U.S. African-American leader. speech, Nov. 1963, given in Detroit, Michigan. "Message to the Grass Roots," ch. 1, Malcolm X Speaks (1965). Given name is Malcolm Little; also known as El-Hajj Halik El- Shabazz.
  • ''It's just like when you've got some coffee that's too black, which means it's too strong. What do you do? You integrate it with cream, you make it weak. But if you pour too much cream in it, you won't even know you ever had coffee. It used to be hot, it becomes cool. It used to be strong, it becomes weak. It used to wake you up, now it puts you to sleep.''
    Malcolm X (1925-1965), U.S. African-American leader. speech, Nov. 1963, Detroit. "Message to the Grass Roots," published in Malcolm X Speaks, ch. 1 (1965).
  • ''You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.''
    Malcolm X (1925-1965), U.S. African-American leader. speech, Jan. 7, 1965, New York City. "Prospects for Freedom in 1965," ch. 12, Malcolm X Speaks (1965). Birth name Malcolm Little.
  • ''The common goal of 22 million Afro-Americans is respect as human beings, the God-given right to be a human being. Our common goal is to obtain the human rights that America has been denying us. We can never get civil rights in America until our human rights are first restored. We will never be recognized as citizens there until we are first recognized as humans.''
    Malcolm X (1925-1965), U.S. black leader. "Racism: The Cancer that Is Destroying America," Egyptian Gazette (August 25, 1964).
  • ''I believe in the brotherhood of man, all men, but I don't believe in brotherhood with anybody who doesn't want brotherhood with me. I believe in treating people right, but I'm not going to waste my time trying to treat somebody right who doesn't know how to return the treatment.''
    Malcolm X (1925-1965), U.S. African-American leader, activist. speech, Dec. 12, 1964, New York City.

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