Malcolm X Quotes

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Malcolm X
“I believe that there will be ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those who do the oppressing. 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 system of exploitation. I believe that there will be that kind of clash, but I don't think it will be based on the color of the skin...”
Malcolm X

Malcolm X
“Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it.”
Malcolm X, Malcolm X Speaks: Selected Speeches and Statements

Malcolm X
“I am a Muslim, because it's a religion that teaches you an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. It teaches you to respect everybody, and treat everybody right. But it also teaches you if someone steps on your toe, chop off their foot. And I carry my religious axe with me all the time.”
Malcolm X

Malcolm X
“There is nothing in our book, the Qur'an, 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 lays a hand on you, send him to the cemetery.”
Malcolm X

Malcolm X
“America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem. Throughout my travels in the Muslim world, I have met, talked to, and even eaten with people who in America would have been considered white, but the white attitude was removed from their minds by the religion of Islam. I have never before seen sincere and true brotherhood practiced by all together, irrespective of their color.”
Malcolm X

Malcolm X
“True Islam taught me that it takes all of the religious, political, economic, psychological, and racial ingredients, or characteristics, to make the Human Family and the Human Society complete.”
Malcolm X

Malcolm X
“اذا لم تقف لشيء ستقع لأي شيء”
مالكوم إكس

Malcolm X
“When Pope Pius XII died, LIFE magazine carried a picture of him in his private study kneeling before a black Christ. What was the source of their information? All white people who have studied history and geography know that Christ was a black man. Only the poor, brainwashed American Negro has been made to believe that Christ was white, to maneuver him into worshiping the white man. After becoming a Muslim in prison, I read almost everything I could put my hands on in the prison library. I began to think back on everything I had read and especially with the histories, I realized that nearly all of them read by the general public have been made into white histories. I found out that the history-whitening process either had left out great things that black men had done, or some of the great black men had gotten whitened.”
Malcolm X

Malcolm X
“ان الناس لاتعرف ان كتابا واحدا كفيل بان يغير مجرى حياة الانسان.”
Malcolm X

Malcolm X
“I actually believed that after living as fully as humanly possible, one should then die violently. I expected then as I still expect today”
Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Alex Haley
“I later heard somewhere, or read, that Malcolm X telephoned an apology to the reporter. But this was the kind of evidence which caused many close observers of the Malcolm X phenomenon to declare in absolute seriousness that he was the only Negro in America who could either start a race riot-or stop one. When I once quoted this to him, tacitly inviting his comment, he told me tartly, "I don't know if I could start one. I don't know if I'd want to stop one.”
Alex Haley, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Malcolm X
“Eventually my mother suffered a complete breakdown, and the court orders were finally signed. They took her to the State Mental Hospital at Kalamazoo. My mother remained in the same hospital at Kalamazoo for about 26 years.

My last visit, when I knew I would never come to see her again-there-was in 1952. I was twenty-seven. My brother Philbert had told me that on his last visit, she had recognized him somewhat. "In spots" he said.

But she didn't recognize me at all.
She stared at me. She didn't know who I was.
Her mind, when I tried to talk, to reach her, was somewhere else. I asked, "Mama, do you know what day it is?"
She said, staring, "All the people have gone."

I can't describe how I felt. The woman who had brought me into the world, and nursed me, and advised me, and chastised me, and loved me, didn't know me.

It was as if I was trying to walk up the side of a hill of feathers."

-Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X”
Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Malcolm X
“Betty's a good Muslim woman and wife. I don't imagine many other women might put up with the way I am. Awakening this brainwashed black man and telling this arrogant, devilish white man the truth about himself, Betty understands, is a full-time job”
Malcolm X

Malcolm X
“Do Your Best Work”
Malcolm X

Malcolm X
“Here was one of the white man's most characteristic behavior patterns - where black men are concerned. He loves himself so much that he is startled if he discovers that his victims don't share his vainglorious self-opinion.”
Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Malcolm X
“I have more respect for a man who let me know where he stands, even if he's wrong, than the one who comes up like an angel and is nothing but a devil”
Malcolm X

Malcolm X
“Mankind's history has proved from one era to another that the true criterion of leadership is spiritual. Men are attracted by spirit. By power, men are forced. Love is engendered by spirit. By power, anxieties are created.”
Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Malcolm X
“Our unity shocked them and we should continue to shock the white man by working together.” (Set the Night on Fire)”
Malcolm X

“Malcolm spent much of May speaking to large crowds at church meetings and Sunday rallies, repeatedly emphasizing that the Muslims were not at war with the police, but rather that the police were at war with the Black community as a whole.”
Mike Davis, John Wiener

“malcolm pimped

malcolm did fraud

malcolm stole

malcolm did so many things,

but that wasn’t the end of the story

it doesn’t have to end this way for you either



bc malcolm x spoke at oxford union,

1964

&this was a man who didn’t even go to university

university students were the audience to man who didn’t finish high school

he stood where presidents

&prime ministers stood”
Malab, The Komorébi, The Breast Mountains Of All Time

Ta-Nehisi Coates
“[Art] must reflect the world in all its brutality and beauty, not in hopes of changing it but in the mean and selfish desire to not be enrolled in its lie, to not be coopted by the television dreams, to not ignore the great crimes all around us.”
Ta-Nehisi Coates, We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

Cornel West
“That which fundamentally motivates one still dictates the terms of what one thinks and does—[…] one's eyes should be on the prize, not on the perpetrator of one's oppression.”
Cornel West, Race Matters: With a New Introduction

Zadie Smith
“Generally she kept her head down, but on the occasions she raised it she was treated to the most intimate of panoramic views: the scattered possessions of the three people she had created. Several small items made her cry: a tiny woollen bootie, a broken orthodontic retainer, a woggle from a cub-scout tie. She had not become Malcolm X's private secretary. She never did direct a movie or run for the Senate. She could not fly a plane. But here was all this.”
Zadie Smith, On Beauty

“bc malcolm stood where presidents
&prime ministers stood

oxford union,
1964
check your sources,
qualified journalists
&caption this
university students were the audience to a man who didn’t finish high school
the irony”
Xayaat Muhummed, The Breast Mountains Of All Time Are In Hargeisa

“He didn’t proselytize at the get-togethers,” Otis recalled. “His talks with us dealt with standing together, respecting our traditions, defending our communities, treating our women with love and care, being responsible toward our children and not taking abuse from the racists in our society.” (On Malcolm X)”
Mike Davis, John Wiener

“I don’t believe in any form of racism... I believe in Islam. I am a Muslim.
— Malcolm X”
Yusuf Siddiqui, Malcolm X, Islam and the Problem of Racism

Ta-Nehisi Coates
“We were coloreds or Negroes, and to call someone black was to invite a fistfight. But Malcolm remade the menace inherent in that name into something mystical--Black Power; Black Is Beautiful; It's a black thing, you wouldn't understand.”
Ta-Nehisi Coates, We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

“What are two things Malcolm X, John F Kennedy, and Dr. Martin Luther King have in common? They all were assassinated and they rebelled against the real owners of this country.”
James Thomas Kesterson Jr

Cornel West
“Randolph Bourne … one of the towering public intellectual figures between 1907 and 1918 … wrote a famous essay called ‘The War and the Intellectuals’ … and he says, ‘Idealism should be kept for what is ideal.’ Think about that. Idealism should be kept for what is ideal!

It seems to me that what Randolph Bourne is getting at … is that idealism is not boosterism, just as critique is not castigation. But idealism is a bold and defiant highlighting of hypocrisy …. It is a self-critical and self-correcting procedure.

Hypocrisy can be found in high places of the powerful as well as in places of the powerless. … It cuts both ways. I think this is precisely what Malcolm X had in mind when he provided his technical definition of what a nigger was. Do you recall what he said? He said, ‘a nigger is a victim of American democracy.’ And note the oxymoronic character and self-contradictory character of this formulation.

How could there be a victim of American democracy? Because you point out the hypocrisy and how hypocrisy becomes institutionalized and legalized and you end up with a kind of herrenvolk democracy which, of course, in many ways was the case in the USA until the 1950s.”
Cornel West, Prophetic Reflections: Notes on Race and Power in America

Maya Angelou
“Baby, let me tell you what's going to happen. In a few years, there are going to be beautiful posters of Malcolm X, and his photographs will be everywhere. The same people who don't give a damn now will lie and say they always supported him.”
Maya Angelou, A Song Flung Up To Heaven

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