Malcolm X

(Malcolm Little)

Malcolm X
Malcolm X
  • Born: May 19, 1925
  • Died: February 21, 1965
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Minister, Civil Rights Activist

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America's conscience is bankrupt. She lost all conscience a long time ago. Uncle Sam has no conscience. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Anyone who classifies his grievances under the label of ‘human rights’ violations, those grievances can then be brought into the United Nations and be discussed by people all over the world. For as long as you call it ‘civil rights,’ your only allies can be the people in the next community, many of whom are responsible for your grievance. Human & Civil Rights
Head of the Cracker Party Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I probably am a dead man already. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
If we don't do something real soon, I think you'll have to agree that we're going to be forced either to use the ballot or the bullet. It's one or the other in 1964. It isn't that time is running out—time has run out! Voters, Voting & Elections
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. Discrimination & Prejudice
I'm not a Democrat. I'm not a Republican, and I don't even consider myself an American. If you and I were Americans, there'd be no problem. Those Honkies that just got off the boat, they're already Americans; Polacks are already Americans; the Italian refugees are already Americans. Everything that came out of Europe, every blue-eyed thing, is already an American. And as long as you and I have been over here, we aren't Americans yet. Discrimination & Prejudice
Now in speaking like this, it doesn't mean that we're anti-white, but it does mean we're anti-exploitation, we're anti-degradation, we're anti-oppression. And if the white man doesn't want us to be anti-him, let him stop oppressing and exploiting and degrading us. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Power in defense of freedom is greater than power in behalf of tyranny and oppression Power
Power never takes a back step—only in the face of more power. Policy & Policy Making
The hospital strikers have demonstrated that you don't get a job done unless you show the Man you're not afraid...If you're not willing to pay that price, then you don't deserve the rewards or benefits that go along with it. Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Power
The political philosophy of black nationalism means: we must control the politics and the politicians of our community. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
This dream of King’s is going to be turned into a nightmare Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We are not fighting for integration, nor are we fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition as human beings. We are fighting for human rights. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We don’t teach you to turn the other cheek in the South and we don’t teach you to turn the other cheek in the North. We teach you that if anyone puts his hand on you. You do your best to make sure that he does not do so to anyone else. Discrimination & Prejudice
Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair? Who taught you to hate the color of your skin? Who taught you to hate the shape of your nose and the shape of your lips? Who taught you to hate yourself from the top of your head to the soles of your feet? Who taught you to hate your own kind? Minorities & Women
You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.
All I held against Jews was that so many Jews actually were hypocrites in their claim to be friends of the American black man.
America in its entirety is segregationist and is racist. It's more camouflaged in the north, but it's the same thing.
America is the first country... that can actually have a bloodless revolution.
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, even eaten with people who in America would have been considered 'white,' but the 'white' attitude had been removed from their minds by the religion of Islam. Society ;Religion & God
America preaches integration and practices segregation.
Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery. Respect
Being an old farm boy myself, chickens coming home to roost never did make me sad; they've always made me glad.
Despite my firm convictions, I have always been a man who tries to face facts, and to accept the reality of life as new experience and new knowledge unfolds. I have always kept an open mind, a flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of the intelligent search for truth. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Life
Do you know what integration really means? It means intermarriage. That's the real point behind it. You can't have it without intermarriage. And that would result in disintegration of both races.
Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Future
Envy blinds men and makes it impossible for them to think clearly.
For me, my 'X' replaced the white slave master name of 'Little' which some blue-eyed devil named Little had imposed on my parental forebears.
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
History is a people's memory, and without a memory, man is demoted to the lower animals. History
History is not hatred. History
History proves that the white man is a devil. History
I am for violence if non-violence means we continue postponing a solution to the American black man's problem just to avoid violence.
I believe in a religion that believes in freedom. Any time I have to accept a religion that won't let me fight a battle for my people, I say to hell with that religion. Time ;Religion & God ;Freedom & Liberty
I believe in the brotherhood of all men, but I don't believe in wasting brotherhood on anyone who doesn't want to practice it with me. Brotherhood is a two-way street.
I did a lot of things as a Muslim that I am sorry for now.
I don't even call it violence when it's in self defense; I call it intelligence.
I have been blessed to visit the Holy City of Mecca.
I have more respect for a man who lets 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. Respect
I just don't believe that when people are being unjustly oppressed that they should let someone else set rules for them by which they can come out from under that oppression.
I want to take Negroes out of the ghetto and put them in good neighborhoods in good houses.
If ballots won't work, bullets will. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
If it's lawful to have a rifle club to kill pheasants, it should be just as lawful to have one to kill wolves or dogs that are being sicked on little black babies. In fact, it's constitutional. Article Number Two of the constitution guarantees the right of every citizen to own a rifle or a shot gun.
If you have a dog, I must have a dog. If you have a rifle, I must have a rifle. If you have a club, I must have a club. This is equality. Equality & Equal Opportunity
If you have no critics you'll likely have no success. Success
If you turn the other cheek, you can be enslaved for 1,000 years.
If you're not ready to die for it, put the word 'freedom' out of your vocabulary. Freedom & Liberty
If, if a white man puts his arm around me voluntarily, that's brotherhood. But if you - if you hold a gun on him and make him embrace me and pretend to be friendly or brotherly toward me, then that's not brotherhood, that's hypocrisy.
In all our deeds, the proper value and respect for time determines success or failure. Time ;Respect ;Success
In the Bible, God offered the Pharaoh freedom if he would just let the oppressed people free to go to the land of milk and honey. But the Pharaoh disobeyed, and he was destroyed. Religion & God ;Freedom & Liberty
In the Muslim world, I had seen that men with white complexions were more genuinely brotherly than anyone else had ever been. That... was the start of a radical alteration in my whole outlook about 'white men.'
In the past, the greatest weapon the white man has had has been his ability to divide and conquer. If I take my hand and slap you, you don't even feel it. It might sting you because these digits are separated. But all I have to do to put you back in your place is bring those digits together.
Integration will not bring a man back from the grave.
It's got to be the ballot or the bullet. The ballot or the bullet. If you're afraid to use an expression like that, you should get back in the cotton patch, you should get back in the alley.
It's hard for anyone intelligent to be nonviolent. Everything in the universe does something when you start playing with his life, except the American Negro. He lays down and says, 'Beat me, daddy.' Life
My Alma mater was books, a good library... I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity. Life
My black brothers and sisters - of all religious beliefs, or of no religious beliefs - we all have in common the greatest binding tie we could have. We are all black people!
My father didn't know his last name. My father got his last name from his grandfather, and his grandfather got it from his grandfather who got it from the slavemaster.
My father didn't know his real name. My father got his name from his grandfather and he got his name from his grandfather and he got it from the slave master.
No, we are not anti-white. But we don't have time for the white man. The white man is on top already, the white man is the boss already... He has first-class citizenship already. So you are wasting your time talking to the white man. We are working on our own people. Time
Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it. Equality & Equal Opportunity ;Freedom & Liberty
Nobody should teach the black man in America to turn the other cheek, unless someone is teaching the white man in America to turn the other cheek.
Nonviolence is fine as long as it works.
Not one black man is prominent in Brazil. The Negroes there are still at the bottom.
Power doesn't back up in the face of a smile, or in the face of a threat of some kind of nonviolent loving action. It's not the nature of power to back up in the face of anything but some more power. Nature ;Power
Power in defense of freedom is greater than power in behalf of tyranny and oppression, because power, real power, comes from our conviction which produces action, uncompromising action. Power ;Freedom & Liberty
Power never takes a back step only in the face of more power. Power
Segregation is that which is forced upon an inferior by a superior. Separation is done voluntarily by two equals.
Sitting at the table doesn't make you a diner. You must be eating some of what's on that plate. Being here in America doesn't make you an American. Being born here in America doesn't make you an American.
Stumbling is not falling.
The American Negro has no conception of the hundreds of millions of other non-whites' concern for him: he has no conception of their feeling of brotherhood for and with him.
The American Negro never can be blamed for his racial animosities - he is only reacting to 400 years of the conscious racism of the American whites.
The black man in Africa had mastered the arts and sciences. He knew the course of the stars in the universe before the man up in Europe knew that the earth wasn't flat.
The future belongs to those who prepare for it today. Future
The goal of Dr. Martin Luther King is to give Negroes a chance to sit in a segregated restaurant beside the same white man who had brutalized them for 400 years.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad says that we should be separate, all right, but in this separate state or separate existence, the black man should be given the opportunity and the incentive to do for himself what the white man has done for himself.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us that God, now, is about to establish a kingdom on this earth, based upon brotherhood and peace. And the white man is against brotherhood, and the white man is against peace. Religion & God ;War & Peace
The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses. Power
The Negro revolution is controlled by foxy white liberals, by the Government itself. But the Black Revolution is controlled only by God. Religion & God ;Government
The true Islam has shown me that a blanket indictment of all white people is as wrong as when whites make blanket indictments against blacks.
The white man made the mistake of letting me read his history books. He made the mistake of teaching me that Patrick Henry was a patriot and George Washington - wasn't nothing non-violent about old Pat or George Washington. History
The White man pays Reverend Martin Luther King so that Martin Luther King can keep the Negro defenseless.
The white man, in his press, is going to identify me with 'hate.'
There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time. Time
There is no more apartheid in South Africa than in the United States.
There is nothing in our book, the Koran, that teaches us to suffer peacefully. Our religion teaches us to be intelligent. Religion & God
To have once been a criminal is no disgrace. To remain a criminal is the disgrace.
Truth is on the side of the oppressed. Truth
We are not anti-white. But we don't have time for the white man. The white man is on top already, the white man is the boss already... he has first-class citizenship already. So you are wasting your time talking to the white man. We are working on our own people. Time
We Muslims believe that the white race, which is guilty of having oppressed and exploited and enslaved our people here in America, should and will be the victims of God's divine wrath. Religion & God
We who follow the Honorable Elijah Muhammad feel that when you try and pass integration laws here in America, forcing white people to pretend that they are accepting black people, what you are doing is making white people act in a hypocritical way.
We won't organize any black man to be a Democrat or a Republican because both of them have sold us out. Both of them have sold us out; both parties have sold us out. Both parties are racist, and the Democratic Party is more racist than the Republican Party.
What I want to know is how the white man, with the blood of black people dripping off his fingers, can have the audacity to be asking black people, 'Do they hate him?' That takes a lot of nerve.
What is a Dixiecrat? A Democrat. A Dixiecrat is nothing but a Democrat in disguise.
When ghetto living seems normal, you have no shame, no privacy.
When we say Afro American, we include everyone in the Western Hemisphere of African descent. South America is America. Central America is America. South America has many people in it of African descent.
When we see that our problem is so complicated and so all-encompassing in its intent and content, then we realize that it is no longer a Negro problem, confined only to the American Negro; that it is no longer an American problem, confined only to America, but it is a problem for humanity.
White America is in the minority.
Without education, you are not going anywhere in this world. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
You can't hate the roots of a tree and not hate the tree. You can't hate Africa and not hate yourself.
You can't legislate good will - that comes through education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom. Freedom & Liberty ;War & Peace
You don't have a peaceful revolution. You don't have a turn-the-cheek revolution. There's no such thing as a nonviolent revolution.
You don't have to be a man to fight for freedom. All you have to do is to be an intelligent human being. Freedom & Liberty
You have to realize that up until about 1959, Africa was dominated by the colonial powers. And by the colonial powers of Europe having complete control over Africa, they projected Africa always in a negative light - jungles, savages, cannibals, nothing civilized.
You show me a capitalist, and I'll show you a bloodsucker.
You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it. Citizenship & Patriotism