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Quotes by Malcolm X

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Wikipedia Summary for Malcolm X

Malcolm X (born Malcolm Little; May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965) was an African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist who was a popular figure during the civil rights movement. He is best known for his time spent as a vocal spokesman for the Nation of Islam.

Malcolm spent his adolescence living in a series of foster homes or with relatives after his father's death and his mother's hospitalization. He engaged in several illicit activities, eventually being sentenced to 10 years in prison in 1946 for larceny and breaking and entering. In prison, he joined the Nation of Islam, adopted the name Malcolm X (to symbolize his unknown African ancestral surname), and quickly became one of the organization's most influential leaders after being paroled in 1952. Malcolm X then served as the public face of the organization for a dozen years, where he advocated for Black empowerment, Black supremacy, and the separation of black and white Americans, and publicly criticized the mainstream civil rights movement for its emphasis on nonviolence and racial integration. Malcolm X also expressed pride in some of the Nation's social welfare achievements, namely its free drug rehabilitation program. Throughout his life, beginning in the 1950s, Malcolm X endured surveillance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

In the 1960s, Malcolm X began to grow disillusioned with the Nation of Islam, as well as with its leader Elijah Muhammad. He subsequently embraced Sunni Islam and the civil rights movement after completing the Hajj to Mecca, and became known as el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz. After a brief period of travel across Africa, he publicly renounced the Nation of Islam and founded the Islamic Muslim Mosque, Inc. (MMI) and the Pan-African Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU). Throughout 1964, his conflict with the Nation of Islam intensified, and he was repeatedly sent death threats. On February 21, 1965, he was assassinated in New York City. Three Nation members were charged with the murder and given indeterminate life sentences. Speculation about the assassination and whether it was conceived or aided by leading or additional members of the Nation, or with law enforcement agencies, have persisted for decades after the shooting.

A controversial figure accused of preaching racism and violence, Malcolm X is also a widely celebrated figure within African-American and Muslim American communities for his pursuit of racial justice. He was posthumously honored with Malcolm X Day, on which he is commemorated in various cities across the United States. Hundreds of streets and schools in the U.S. have been renamed in his honor, while the Audubon Ballroom, the site of his assassination, was partly redeveloped in 2005 to accommodate the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center.

Quote: Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of person in blue denim jeans and brown leather boots
Photo Credit: David Suarez

Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.


Quote: When ghetto living seems normal, you have no shame, no privacy. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of silhouette of man looking towards left
Photo Credit: Vivek Trivedi

When ghetto living seems normal, you have no shame, no privacy.


Quote: I think that the best thing that a person can be is sincere. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

I think that the best thing that a person can be is sincere.


Quote: Renaissance or the reawakening of Europe. And this reawakening actually involved an era during which the people of Europe, who were coming out of the Dark Ages, were then adopting the value system of the people in the East, in the, of the oriental society. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

Renaissance or the reawakening of Europe. And this reawakening actually involved an era during which the people of Europe, who were coming out of the Dark Ages, were then adopting the value system of the people in the East, in the, of the oriental society.


Quote: Even as a Muslim minister in the Muslim movement, I have always said that I would work with any organization. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

Even as a Muslim minister in the Muslim movement, I have always said that I would work with any organization.


Quote: White America is in the minority. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

White America is in the minority.


Quote: Good education, housing and jobs are imperatives for the Negroes, and I shall support them in their fight to win these objectives, but I shall tell the Negroes that while these are necessary, they cannot solve the main Negro problem. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

Good education, housing and jobs are imperatives for the Negroes, and I shall support them in their fight to win these objectives, but I shall tell the Negroes that while these are necessary, they cannot solve the main Negro problem.


Quote: Early in life I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

Early in life I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise.


Quote: Everybody shall be accepted no matter what they stand for, you are not always going to agree on their faith. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

Everybody shall be accepted no matter what they stand for, you are not always going to agree on their faith.


Quote: Revolutions are never peaceful. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

Revolutions are never peaceful.


Quote: I think that Abraham Lincoln probably did more to trick negroes than any other man in history. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

I think that Abraham Lincoln probably did more to trick negroes than any other man in history.


Quote: I have read where Abraham Lincoln said he wasn't interested in freeing the slaves. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

I have read where Abraham Lincoln said he wasn't interested in freeing the slaves.


Quote: Abraham Lincoln was interested in, in saving the Union. Well, most negroes have been tricked into thinking that Lincoln was a negro lover whose primary aim was to free them, and he died because he freed them. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

Abraham Lincoln was interested in, in saving the Union. Well, most negroes have been tricked into thinking that Lincoln was a negro lover whose primary aim was to free them, and he died because he freed them.


Quote: In America you have the mouse now trying to sit down on the elephant, thinking that he's going somewhere. And it's -- and it's absurd. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

In America you have the mouse now trying to sit down on the elephant, thinking that he's going somewhere. And it's -- and it's absurd.


Quote: We don't think that we're begging for anything. We think we're demanding what is ours by right. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

We don't think that we're begging for anything. We think we're demanding what is ours by right.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

We don't think that we're begging for anything. We think we're demanding what is ours by right. And all we're asking for is an opportunity to do something for ourselves, rather than to sit around as a beggar, begging for jobs and begging for education from -- for someone else for the rest of our lives.


Quote: The American Negro has been entirely brainwashed from ever seeing or thinking of himself, as he should, as a part of the non-white peoples of the world. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

The American Negro has been entirely brainwashed from ever seeing or thinking of himself, as he should, as a part of the non-white peoples of the world.


Quote: He said, one time, that no true leader burdened his followers with a greater load than they could carry, and no true leader sets too fast a pace for his follows to keep up. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

He said, one time, that no true leader burdened his followers with a greater load than they could carry, and no true leader sets too fast a pace for his follows to keep up.


Quote: I'll say nothing against him. At one time the whites in the United States called him a racialist, and extremist, and a Communist. Then the Black Muslims came along and the whites thanked the Lord for Martin Luther King. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

I'll say nothing against him. At one time the whites in the United States called him a racialist, and extremist, and a Communist. Then the Black Muslims came along and the whites thanked the Lord for Martin Luther King.


Quote: Be nonviolent only with those who are nonviolent to you. And when you can bring me a nonviolent racist, bring me a nonviolent segregationist, then I'll get nonviolent. But don't teach me to be nonviolent until you teach some of those crackers to be nonviolent. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

Be nonviolent only with those who are nonviolent to you. And when you can bring me a nonviolent racist, bring me a nonviolent segregationist, then I'll get nonviolent. But don't teach me to be nonviolent until you teach some of those crackers to be nonviolent.


Quote: Never allow your enemies to educate your children. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

Never allow your enemies to educate your children.


Quote: Always that if was there, which meant that the one who was doomed could avoid the doom if he would change his way of behaving. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

Always that if was there, which meant that the one who was doomed could avoid the doom if he would change his way of behaving.


Quote: One of the tricks of the west is to use or create images, they create images of a person who doesn't go along with their views and then they make certain that this image is distasteful, and then anything that that person has to say from thereon, from thereon in, is rejected. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of Malcolm X quote; white text on black background

One of the tricks of the west is to use or create images, they create images of a person who doesn't go along with their views and then they make certain that this image is distasteful, and then anything that that person has to say from thereon, from thereon in, is rejected.


Quote: If you stick a knife nine inches into my back and pull it out three inches, that is not progress. Even if you pull it all the way out, that is not progress. Progress is healing the wound, and America hasn't even begun to pull out the knife. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

If you stick a knife nine inches into my back and pull it out three inches, that is not progress. Even if you pull it all the way out, that is not progress. Progress is healing the wound, and America hasn't even begun to pull out the knife.


Quote: Do nothing unto anyone that you would not like to have done unto yourself. Seek peace, and never be the aggressor--but if anyone attacks you, we do not teach you to turn the other cheek. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

Do nothing unto anyone that you would not like to have done unto yourself. Seek peace, and never be the aggressor--but if anyone attacks you, we do not teach you to turn the other cheek.


Quote: Why must I run against a Negro? We have had enough of Negroes running against and fighting with each other. The better bet is that we would put a Muslim candidate in the field against a devil, somebody who is against all we stand for. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

Why must I run against a Negro? We have had enough of Negroes running against and fighting with each other. The better bet is that we would put a Muslim candidate in the field against a devil, somebody who is against all we stand for.


Quote: When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, the United States struck back. She didn't go and bomb -- she bombed any part of Japan. She dropped the bomb on Hiroshima. Those people in Hiroshima probably hadn't even, some of them; most of them hadn't even killed anybody. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, the United States struck back. She didn't go and bomb -- she bombed any part of Japan. She dropped the bomb on Hiroshima. Those people in Hiroshima probably hadn't even, some of them; most of them hadn't even killed anybody.


Quote: The same rebellion, the same impatience, the same anger that exists in the hearts of the dark people in Africa and Asia is existing in the hearts and minds of 20 million black people in this country who have been just as thoroughly colonized as the people in Africa and Asia. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of Malcolm X quote; white text on black background

The same rebellion, the same impatience, the same anger that exists in the hearts of the dark people in Africa and Asia is existing in the hearts and minds of 20 million black people in this country who have been just as thoroughly colonized as the people in Africa and Asia.


Quote: I might add, the whites who came here only say 50 years ago as immigrants have come into this country, they have set up businesses. They've developed these businesses into an industry. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

I might add, the whites who came here only say 50 years ago as immigrants have come into this country, they have set up businesses. They've developed these businesses into an industry.


Quote: Revolution is always based on land. Revolution is never based on begging somebody for an integrated cup of coffee. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

Revolution is always based on land. Revolution is never based on begging somebody for an integrated cup of coffee.


Quote: Integration will not bring a man back from the grave. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

Integration will not bring a man back from the grave.


Quote: Negroes don't even like snails! What they're doing is proving they're integrated. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

Negroes don't even like snails! What they're doing is proving they're integrated.


Quote: To say it is not practical, one has to also admit that integration is not practical. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

To say it is not practical, one has to also admit that integration is not practical.


Quote: In stating that the idea of a separate state is not practical, I'm also stating that the idea of integration, forced integration, as they've been making an effort to do in this country for the past years, is also just as impractical. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

In stating that the idea of a separate state is not practical, I'm also stating that the idea of integration, forced integration, as they've been making an effort to do in this country for the past years, is also just as impractical.


Quote: This is why integration will not work. It assumes that the two races, black and white, are equal and can be made to live as one. This is not true. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

This is why integration will not work. It assumes that the two races, black and white, are equal and can be made to live as one. This is not true.


Quote: In my 39 years on this earth, the Holy city of Makka had been the first time I had ever stood before the Creator of all and felt like a complete human being. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

In my 39 years on this earth, the Holy city of Makka had been the first time I had ever stood before the Creator of all and felt like a complete human being.




Quote: I believe that a psychological, cultural, and philosophical migration back to Africa will solve our problem. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

I believe that a psychological, cultural, and philosophical migration back to Africa will solve our problem.


Quote: I was a zombie then--like all Muslims--I was hypnotized, pointed in a certain direction and told to march. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

I was a zombie then--like all Muslims--I was hypnotized, pointed in a certain direction and told to march.


Quote: The problem of the negro is so criminal that many individuals and organizations are going to have to sacrifice what they call their organizational principles if someone comes up with a solution that will really solve the problem. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

The problem of the negro is so criminal that many individuals and organizations are going to have to sacrifice what they call their organizational principles if someone comes up with a solution that will really solve the problem.


Quote: I shall never rest until I have undone the harm I did to so many well-meaning, innocent Negroes who through my own evangelistic zeal now believe in him even more fanatically and more blindly than I did. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

I shall never rest until I have undone the harm I did to so many well-meaning, innocent Negroes who through my own evangelistic zeal now believe in him even more fanatically and more blindly than I did.


Quote: America is such a paradoxical society, hypocritically paradoxical, that if you don't have some humor, you'll crack up. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

America is such a paradoxical society, hypocritically paradoxical, that if you don't have some humor, you'll crack up.


Quote: Whenever I walk the street and see people ready to get with it, that's my reward. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

Whenever I walk the street and see people ready to get with it, that's my reward.


Quote: I don't favor violence. If we could bring about recognition and respect of our people by peaceful means, well and good. Everybody would like to reach his objectives peacefully. But I'm also a realist. The only people in this country who are asked to be nonviolent are black people. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of Malcolm X quote: I don't favor violence. If we could bring about recognition and respect of our people by peaceful means, well and good. Everybody would like to reach his objectives peacefully. But I'm also a realist. The only people in this country who are asked to be nonviolent are black people.- black text on quotes background

I don't favor violence. If we could bring about recognition and respect of our people by peaceful means, well and good. Everybody would like to reach his objectives peacefully. But I'm also a realist. The only people in this country who are asked to be nonviolent are black people.


Quote: When I said I would work with any organization I would make the, the reservation that I would work with any organization as long as it didn't make us compromise our religious principles. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

When I said I would work with any organization I would make the, the reservation that I would work with any organization as long as it didn't make us compromise our religious principles.


Quote: We declare our right on this earth...to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

We declare our right on this earth...to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary.


Quote: In fact, once he is motivated no one can change more completely than the man who has been at the bottom. I call myself the best example of that. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

In fact, once he is motivated no one can change more completely than the man who has been at the bottom. I call myself the best example of that.


Quote: We don't go for segregation. We go for separation. Separation is when you have your own. You control your own economy; you control your own politics; you control your own society; you control your own everything. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

We don't go for segregation. We go for separation. Separation is when you have your own. You control your own economy; you control your own politics; you control your own society; you control your own everything.


Quote: Martin Luther King has made the Negro in America unnatural. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

Martin Luther King has made the Negro in America unnatural.


Quote: Most of the, or I should say many of the negro leaders actually suffer themselves from an inferiority complex even though they say they don't. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

Most of the, or I should say many of the negro leaders actually suffer themselves from an inferiority complex even though they say they don't.


Quote: Let's cool it brothers ... Spoken to his assassins, three men who stabbed him 16 times. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

Let's cool it brothers ... Spoken to his assassins, three men who stabbed him 16 times.


Quote: We believe in one God. We believe Muhammad is the Apostle of God. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

We believe in one God. We believe Muhammad is the Apostle of God.


Quote: Don't you run around here trying to make friends with somebody who's depriving you of your rights. They're not your friends, no, they're your enemies. Treat them like that. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

Don't you run around here trying to make friends with somebody who's depriving you of your rights. They're not your friends, no, they're your enemies. Treat them like that.


Quote: Just as a tree without roots is dead, a people without history or cultural roots also becomes a dead people. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

Just as a tree without roots is dead, a people without history or cultural roots also becomes a dead people.


Quote: The man was a deceiver. He was deceitful and I will never bite my tongue in saying that. I don't think he was anything but a politician, and he used Negroes to get elected and to get votes. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

The man was a deceiver. He was deceitful and I will never bite my tongue in saying that. I don't think he was anything but a politician, and he used Negroes to get elected and to get votes.


Quote: Instead of the Negro leaders having the black man begging for a chance to -- to dine in white restaurants, the Negro leader should be showing the black man how to do something to strengthen his own economy. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

Instead of the Negro leaders having the black man begging for a chance to -- to dine in white restaurants, the Negro leader should be showing the black man how to do something to strengthen his own economy.


Quote: Ralph Bunche, who is an internationally recognized and respected diplomat, can't stay in a hotel in Georgia, which means that no matter what the accomplishment, the intellectual, the academic, or professional level of a negro is, collectively he stands condemned. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

Ralph Bunche, who is an internationally recognized and respected diplomat, can't stay in a hotel in Georgia, which means that no matter what the accomplishment, the intellectual, the academic, or professional level of a negro is, collectively he stands condemned.


Quote: How can you thank a man for giving you what's already yours? How then can you thank him for giving you only part of what's already yours? by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

How can you thank a man for giving you what's already yours? How then can you thank him for giving you only part of what's already yours?


Quote: It'll be the ballot or it'll be the bullet. It'll be liberty or it'll be death. And if you're not ready to pay that price don't use the word freedom in your vocabulary. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

It'll be the ballot or it'll be the bullet. It'll be liberty or it'll be death. And if you're not ready to pay that price don't use the word freedom in your vocabulary.


Quote: Revolutions are never waged singing We Shall Overcome. Revolutions are based upon bloodshed. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

Revolutions are never waged singing We Shall Overcome. Revolutions are based upon bloodshed.


Quote: Policies change, and programs change, according to time.But objective never changes. You might change your method of achieving the objective, but the objective never changes. Our objective is complete freedom, complete justice, complete equality, by any means necessary. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of Malcolm X quote; white text on black background

Policies change, and programs change, according to time.But objective never changes. You might change your method of achieving the objective, but the objective never changes. Our objective is complete freedom, complete justice, complete equality, by any means necessary.


Quote: Negroes just can't judge each other according to color, because we are all colors, all complexions. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

Negroes just can't judge each other according to color, because we are all colors, all complexions.


Quote: The Constitution of the United States of America clearly affirms the right of every American citizen to bear arms. And as Americans, we will not give up a single right guaranteed under the Constitution. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

The Constitution of the United States of America clearly affirms the right of every American citizen to bear arms. And as Americans, we will not give up a single right guaranteed under the Constitution.


Quote: The common enemy is the white man. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

The common enemy is the white man.


Quote: America in its entirety is segregationist and is racist. It's more camouflaged in the north, but it's the same thing. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

America in its entirety is segregationist and is racist. It's more camouflaged in the north, but it's the same thing.


Quote: The only time the white man is brotherly toward you is when he can use you, when he can exploit you, when he will oppress you, when you will submit to him. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

The only time the white man is brotherly toward you is when he can use you, when he can exploit you, when he will oppress you, when you will submit to him.




Quote: My beliefs are now one hundred percent against racism and segregation in any form and I also believe that we don't judge a person by the color of his skin but rather by his deeds. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

My beliefs are now one hundred percent against racism and segregation in any form and I also believe that we don't judge a person by the color of his skin but rather by his deeds.


Quote: I read aimlessly, until I learned to read selectively, with a purpose. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

I read aimlessly, until I learned to read selectively, with a purpose.




Quote: The 22 million or 30 million, whatever the case may be, Afro-Americans in the United States were still Africans. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

The 22 million or 30 million, whatever the case may be, Afro-Americans in the United States were still Africans.


Quote: I might say this, that the problem of the, the solution for the Afro-American is two-fold -- long-range and short-range. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

I might say this, that the problem of the, the solution for the Afro-American is two-fold -- long-range and short-range.


Quote: When you want a nation, that's called nationalism... Black nationalism. A revolutionary is a Black nationalist. He wants a nation. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

When you want a nation, that's called nationalism... Black nationalism. A revolutionary is a Black nationalist. He wants a nation.


Quote: No black person married to a white person can speak for me! by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

No black person married to a white person can speak for me!


Quote: No one should advocate any peaceful suffering to black people, unless the black -- white man is going to practice the same kind of peaceful suffering. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

No one should advocate any peaceful suffering to black people, unless the black -- white man is going to practice the same kind of peaceful suffering.




Quote: JF Kennedy was a deceitful man. He was a cold-blooded politician whose purpose was to get elected. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

JF Kennedy was a deceitful man. He was a cold-blooded politician whose purpose was to get elected.


Quote: They asked if I knew what 'conscientious objector' meant. I told them that when the white man asked me to go off somewhere and fight and maybe die to preserve the way the white man treated the black man in America, then my conscience made me object. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

They asked if I knew what 'conscientious objector' meant. I told them that when the white man asked me to go off somewhere and fight and maybe die to preserve the way the white man treated the black man in America, then my conscience made me object.


Quote: Since the main problem that American, the Afro- Americans have is a lack of cultural identity. It is necessary to teach people that they had some type of identity, culture, civilization before they were brought here. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

Since the main problem that American, the Afro- Americans have is a lack of cultural identity. It is necessary to teach people that they had some type of identity, culture, civilization before they were brought here.


Quote: They cripple the bird's wing, and then condemn it for not flying as fast as they. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

They cripple the bird's wing, and then condemn it for not flying as fast as they.




Quote: Nonviolence with Dr. Martin Luther King is only a method. That's not his objective. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

Nonviolence with Dr. Martin Luther King is only a method. That's not his objective.


Quote: I feel like a man who has been asleep somewhat and under someone else's control. I feel that what I'm thinking and saying is now for myself. Before it was for and by the guidance of Elijah Muhammad. Now I think with my own mind, sir! by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

I feel like a man who has been asleep somewhat and under someone else's control. I feel that what I'm thinking and saying is now for myself. Before it was for and by the guidance of Elijah Muhammad. Now I think with my own mind, sir!


Quote: Revolution is based on land. Land is the basis of all independence. Land is the basis of freedom, justice, and equality. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

Revolution is based on land. Land is the basis of all independence. Land is the basis of freedom, justice, and equality.


Quote: There are many white people in this country who realize that the system itself -- as it is constructed -- is not so constructed that it can produce freedom and equality for the negro, and the system has to be changed. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

There are many white people in this country who realize that the system itself -- as it is constructed -- is not so constructed that it can produce freedom and equality for the negro, and the system has to be changed.


Quote: Any time you know you're within the law, within your legal rights, within your moral rights, in accord with justice, then die for what you believe in. But don't die alone. Let your dying be reciprocal. This is what is meant by equality. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of Malcolm X quote: Any time you know you're within the law, within your legal rights, within your moral rights, in accord with justice, then die for what you believe in. But don't die alone. Let your dying be reciprocal. This is what is meant by equality. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.- black text on quotes background

Any time you know you're within the law, within your legal rights, within your moral rights, in accord with justice, then die for what you believe in. But don't die alone. Let your dying be reciprocal. This is what is meant by equality. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.


Quote: To tell a woman not to talk too much was like telling Jesse James not to carry a gun, or a hen not to cackle. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

To tell a woman not to talk too much was like telling Jesse James not to carry a gun, or a hen not to cackle.




Quote: 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. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

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.


Quote: I don't have any hate. I've got some sense. I'm not going to let anybody who hates me tell me to love him. I'm not that way-out. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

I don't have any hate. I've got some sense. I'm not going to let anybody who hates me tell me to love him. I'm not that way-out.


Quote: I don't care how nice one is to you, the thing you must always remember is that almost never does he really see you as he sees himself, as he sees his own kind. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

I don't care how nice one is to you, the thing you must always remember is that almost never does he really see you as he sees himself, as he sees his own kind.


Quote: It is the attitude of the American white man that is making him stand condemned today before the eyes of the entire dark world and even before the eyes of the Europeans. It is his attitude, his haughty, holier-than-thou attitude. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

It is the attitude of the American white man that is making him stand condemned today before the eyes of the entire dark world and even before the eyes of the Europeans. It is his attitude, his haughty, holier-than-thou attitude.




Quote: Racism is a human problem and a crime that is absolutely so ghastly that a person who is fighting racism is well within his rights to fight against it by any means necessary until it is eliminated. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

Racism is a human problem and a crime that is absolutely so ghastly that a person who is fighting racism is well within his rights to fight against it by any means necessary until it is eliminated.




Quote: You can cuss out colonialism, imperialism, and all other kinds of ism, but it's hard for you to cuss that dollarism. When they drop those dollars on you, your soul goes. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

You can cuss out colonialism, imperialism, and all other kinds of ism, but it's hard for you to cuss that dollarism. When they drop those dollars on you, your soul goes.


Quote: Western interests: imperialism, colonialism, exploitation, racism, and other negative -isms. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

Western interests: imperialism, colonialism, exploitation, racism, and other negative -isms.






Quote: I believe in recognizing every human being as a human being -- neither white, black, brown, or red. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of photo of author Malcolm X with quote

I believe in recognizing every human being as a human being -- neither white, black, brown, or red.


Quote: The Honorable Elijah Muhammad is teaching the black man, you're a human man.All you have to do is dignify yourself. You don't have to wait for any white man to recognize you. Recognize yourself. Love each other. Practice harmony and brotherhood among your own kind. by author Malcolm X overlaid on photo of Malcolm X quote; white text on black background

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad is teaching the black man, you're a human man.All you have to do is dignify yourself. You don't have to wait for any white man to recognize you. Recognize yourself. Love each other. Practice harmony and brotherhood among your own kind.


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