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American X – Saint Iscariot

A great deal has been written on this subject with references to and passages quoted by such luminaries as Marx – Lenin – Trotsky – Zinn – MLK – Chomsky – Professor Wolff, to name but a few.   Though generally associated with a more militant part of the civil rights era, Malcolm X was speaking to all those oppressed.

Like this for instance.

The press is so powerful in its image-making role, it can make the criminal look like he’s a the victim and make the victim look like he’s the criminal. This is the press, an irresponsible press. It will make the criminal look like he’s the victim and make the victim look like he’s the criminal. If you aren’t careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.

If you aren’t careful, because I’ve seen some of you caught in that bag, you run away hating yourself and loving the man — while you’re catching hell from the man. You let the man maneuver you into thinking that it’s wrong to fight him when he’s fighting you. He’s fighting you in the morning, fighting you in the noon, fighting you at night and fighting you all in between, and you still think it’s wrong to fight him back. Why? The press. The newspapers make you look wrong.

Or this.

any time you find the government involved in a conspiracy to violate the citizenship or the civil rights of a people, then you are wasting your time going to that government expecting redress. Instead, you have to take that government to the World Court and accuse it of genocide and all of the other crimes that it is guilty of today.

You can see why the Powers That Be found him dangerous, more so than MLK for Malcolm X laid bare the truth and pulled no punches. But my favorite speech was this one on The House Negro vs The Field Negro.

One need only to change a few words and it applies to more than just blacks.

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On Inequality

American X – Saint Iscariot, flickr creative commons.

A great deal has been written on this subject with references to and passages quoted by such luminaries as Marx – Lenin – Trotsky – Zinn – MLK – Chomsky – Professor Wolff, to name but a few.   Though generally associated with a more militant part of the civil rights era, Malcolm X was speaking to all those oppressed.

Like this for instance.

The press is so powerful in its image-making role, it can make the criminal look like he’s a the victim and make the victim look like he’s the criminal. This is the press, an irresponsible press. It will make the criminal look like he’s the victim and make the victim look like he’s the criminal. If you aren’t careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.

If you aren’t careful, because I’ve seen some of you caught in that bag, you run away hating yourself and loving the man — while you’re catching hell from the man. You let the man maneuver you into thinking that it’s wrong to fight him when he’s fighting you. He’s fighting you in the morning, fighting you in the noon, fighting you at night and fighting you all in between, and you still think it’s wrong to fight him back. Why? The press. The newspapers make you look wrong.

Or this.

Today our people can see that we’re faced with a government conspiracy. This government has failed us. The senators who are filibustering concerning your and my rights, that’s the government. Don’t say it’s Southern senators. This is the government; this is a government filibuster. It’s not a segregationist filibuster. It’s a government filibuster. Any kind of activity that takes place on the floor of the Congress or the Senate, it’s the government. Any kind of dillydallying, that’s the government. Any kind of pussyfooting, that’s the government. Any kind of act that’s designed to delay or deprive you and me right now of getting full rights, that’s the government that’s responsible. And any time you find the government involved in a conspiracy to violate the citizenship or the civil rights of a people, then you are wasting your time going to that government expecting redress. Instead, you have to take that government to the World Court and accuse it of genocide and all of the other crimes that it is guilty of today.

You can see why the PTB found him dangerous, more so than MLK for Malcolm X laid bare the truth and pulled no punches. But my favorite speech was this one on The House Negro vs The Field Negro.

One need only to change a few words and it applies to more than just blacks:

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