malcolm x 1965 speech

", She said, she had been looking at my briefcase, and she said,  "What kind of last name could you have that begins with X? All of this revolt was actually taking place on the outside of his house, on the outside of his base, or on the outside of his headquarters. It just teaches us to believe in Allah as the God.

What made us feel helpless was our hatred for ourselves.

He took at least nine that we know about. But I have never said or done anything in my life that I wasn’t prepared to suffer the consequences for. The police knew what they were up to. I guess that’s somewhat a holdover from the ‘Black Muslim’ movement, which I was in. Behind what has happened, I wouldn’t ever say where I’m going to live. Powell? Yes sir, last question. My faith in Elijah Muhammad was more blind and more uncompromising than any faith that any man has ever had for another man. It took the burden completely off the society and put it right on the community by using the press to make it appear that the looting and all of this was proof that the whole act was nothing but vandals and robbers and thieves, who weren’t really interested in anything other than that which was negative. So, here you’ve got Klansmen knocking little babies down the road with’ve got Klansmen knocking Black women down in front of a camera and that poor fool Black man standing on the sidelines because he’s nonviolent. But it does mean that most of them don’t mean good. You’ve been in the army. I know what it can do and what it cannot do. I know its characteristics.

We’re too easy.

Now here’s James Farmer teaching Negroes to be nonviolent and loving and all of that–why they should be patting him on the back. Yes. They knew all about it. It teaches you to be very careful and conscious of how you look, which is a positive contribution on their part.

They projected Africa always in a negative light: jungles, savages, cannibals, nothing civilized. There’ll be a dialogue, there’ll be some communication, and I’m quite certain there will then be some understanding. All donations are tax deductible.

We want to start doing something for ourselves. And once you know, then you can stay way away from me or come on in, we’ll get you, one of the two. Public Domain photo by Marion S. Trikosko, Courtesy Library of Congress (2003688131), (1964) Malcolm X, “The Ballot or the Bullet”, African American History: Research Guides & Websites, Global African History: Research Guides & Websites, African Americans and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Alma Stephenson Dever Page on Afro-britons, With Pride: Uplifting LGBTQ History On Blackpast, Preserving Martin Luther King County’s African American History, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Envoys, Diplomatic Ministers, & Ambassadors, African American Newspapers, Magazines, and Journals. These countries that formerly colonized the dark man formed into a giant international combine. After giving it careful thought, I went. “Put your hands up,” and they pat you down. Your children aren’t supposed to have to get out there and demonstrate just to vote.

But you see, I don’t blame them. You have to find out what this man speaks. I'm not in a society that practices brotherhood. I listened to their offer. Besides, you can’t be seventy-years-old and surround yourself by a handful of sixteen-, seventeen-, eighteen-year- old girls and keep your right mind. [Question unintelligible, protests from audience]. As many of you probably know, tonight we were going to unfold a program which we felt would be beneficial to the struggle of our people in this country. A worldwide revolution. And the pattern has developed across the country. Congolese soldiers won’t even fight unless they’re forced to. Malcolm X: Yes, Yes. It might seem odd, but the Muslims were there. He'll break you in two, as he has been doing all along. Just a minute, didn’t they pass the civil rights bill and have made it legal. Yet the United States government went and got Tshombe in Spain, and put him as the head of the Congolese government. And Negro men standing around doing nothing about it saying, “Well, let’s overcome them with our capacity to love.” What kind of phrase is that? This is all a cold-blooded act on the part of your Western powers, namely the Western powers here in the United States–interests in the United States, in England, and France, and Belgium and so forth. Rockwell and Elijah Muhammad are regular correspondents with each other. And you had to go through Dearborn to get to Inkster. With regret.

You can’t ever reach a man if you don’t speak his language. Malcolm X: Yeah, a great deal of my personal belongings were lost. So I went.

", And she said, "Well, what does the 'M' stand for?" To the same degree that your understanding of and attitude toward Africa becomes positive, you’ll find that your understanding of and your attitude toward yourself will also become positive. They’re qualified. The only thing that goes down is what they want to go down, and what they don’t want to go down they don’t let it go down. He was also in a position to unite us with Africa. They’re vicious in their whiteness. Brother, I’m for anything you’re for as long as it’s going to get some results.

One of the things that made the ‘Black Muslim’ movement grow was its emphasis upon things African. by Pathfinder Press (NY), February 1965: The Final Speeches (Malcolm X Speeches & Writings). You can’t say that you’re not going to have an explosion and you leave the condition, the ingredients, still here. He doesn’t love Black people.

That’s a shame. An international Western power structure. But those who were in Ghana were organized and were serving as pressure groups, some were training for military–some were being trained in how to be soldiers, but others were involved as a pressure group or lobby group to let the people of Ghana never forget what’s happening to the brother in South Africa. For instance, in Ghana, just to take Ghana as an example. Because the Klan is a cowardly outfit. But the fighters in the Congo, or the freedom fighters–the rebels from the Oriental, eastern province–they fought with stones, and sticks, and rocks, spears, and arrows. While I was there, I wasn’t trying to interfere with King’s program, whatever it was.

Okay....This is the press. Whenever you see a Negro bragging about “he’s the only one in his neighborhood,” he’s bragging. So if you call yourself that, you help them. Maybe I haven’t met the Negroes he met. Yes, he did.

All they were interested in was freedom and justice and equality, and they would do anything to see that it was brought about. We didn’t have confidence in another Black man to show us the way, or Black people to show us the way. He’s up there. And once they go from hysteria to sympathy, their next step is to get the public to support them in whatever act they’re getting ready to go down with. White, black, brown, red, yellow, doesn’t make any difference what color you are.

This is true. I knew the Muslim movement was full of police. Yes, he’s immoral.

And never have I seen a man—and this rich man who lives in Texas, by the way, lives in Dallas. He’s a very brilliant man. But I think the black man in this country, above and beyond people all over the world, will be more justified when he stands up and starts to protect himself, no matter how many necks he has to break and heads he has to crack. And I noticed that though they were white, and they would call themselves white, there was a difference between them and the white one over here. I might say this before I sit down. This is what you have to understand. Everyone celebrating how much white and black people have learned to love each other in America.

Don’t think that you’re going to run to the man and say, “Look, boss, this is me.” Why, when the deal goes down, you’ll look just like me in his eyesight; I’ll make it tough for you. Those who didn’t mind dying. But you should really get him–you can punch him with some words. But all these upfront militants have been held in check by an organization that doesn’t take an active part in anything.

And then no one outside the family can get up and talk about him. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published That’s all I’m against. Because what the Mau Mau did frightened the white man so much in other countries until he said, “Well I better get this thing straight before some of them pop up here.” This is good to study because you see what makes him react: Nothing loving makes him react, nothing forgiving makes him react. You can listen to the sound of his voice–when he says he’s white, he means he’s a boss. Please. They would tell me. But since the French government and the British government and this government here, the United States, know that I have been almost fanatically stressing the importance of the Afro-American uniting with the African and working as a coalition, especially in areas which are of mutual benefit to all of us. The American power structure? And we’re too peaceful.

And frankly, I waited for them for a month.

It showed the sheriff and his henchmen throwing this Black woman on the ground–on the ground. If you recall, when I was in the Black Muslim movement, I never said anything without saying Elijah Muhammad seems to believe thus and so, or Elijah Muhammad said thus and so. He could have done so. They don’t like it otherwise. I want to thank you for coming out this afternoon–this evening. Because they will make it look wrong anyway. You have to find out what does this man speak. And they justify the usage of Tshombe as the present head of state by saying that he’s the only African who can unite–or bring unity to the Congo. And then if this man over here plays too rough, we have some brothers who can play as rough as he. They wanted some more hullabaloo so that it would appear that the Black Muslims were going to do this and the Black Muslims were going to do that and then anybody could do it and blame those fools and they wouldn’t have sense enough to see it. I’m for the brotherhood of everybody, but I don’t believe in forcing brotherhood upon people who don’t want it. I am not a racist in any form whatsoever. I don’t believe in any form of racism. And attack Rockwell and any of the others.

And the outside or external phase of the revolution, which is manifest in the attitude and action of the Africans today is troublesome enough. The government is not going to straighten it out. This is what’s happening in our neighborhood, to our people. In those days we didn’t. And, since tonight we had to get into this old nasty, negative subject, we didn’t want to bring up our program. And all of this, these glorious terms, are used to pave the way in your mind for what they’re going to do. A Negro educator in Georgia brutally murdered in broad daylight and the men who did it be known, and the government not able to do anything about it. They framed him. The revolution on the outside of the house, or the outside of the structure, is troublesome enough.

And this is what the white man knows. You run faster and faster and the wheel just goes faster and faster.

Now I hope you’ll forgive me for just speaking so informally tonight, but I frankly think it’s always better to be informal. I had a picket line there Saturday. Tokenism benefits only a few. Our lack of racial pride. Whenever you find a man who’s in a position to show power against power then that man is respected.

This brother here is an expert judo man, expert karate man. But while I was on the show they had come to the studio and told Susskind that I wasn’t going to be down there that night. Malcolm X: There’s a—brothers and sisters, there’s a—here’s the Saturday Evening Post dated February 27, 1965, and in it there’s an article titled, “An ex-official tells - why the Black Muslims are a fraud.” This is one of the brothers in Boston and who was formerly the secretary up there and who is the cousin of Ronald Stokes, the brother who was killed out in California in April of 1962. Finally, when they did get a hall, evidently someone was strong enough to exercise influence over the French government.

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