Malcolm X: b. 5/19/25

Les Schaffer schaffer at SPAMoptonline.net
Sat May 19 16:02:10 MDT 2001


[ forward from unsubbed "Martyn Richard Jones"
<martyn_jones at iniciativas.com> ]

My favorite early Malcolm X quote was something like "we didn't land
on Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Rock landed on us"

I hope I got it more or less correct.

Regards,

Martyn











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  -----Mensaje original-----
  De: owner-marxism at lists.panix.com [mailto:owner-marxism at lists.panix.com]En
nombre de john.m. cox
  Enviado el: sábado 19 de mayo de 2001 20:21
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  CC: marxism at lists.panix.com
  Asunto: Malcolm X: b. 5/19/25


  >I hope noone objects if I pass along these quotations from Malcolm X, who
was born this day in 1925; they remind us of the rare integrity and
political foresight (as well as the sense of humor) of this great leader -

  "No, I'm not an American. I'm one of the 22 million Black people who are
the victims of Americanism. One of the 22 million Black people who are the

  >victims of democracy, nothing but disguised hypocrisy. So, I'm not
  >standing here speaking to you as an American, or a patriot, or a
  >flag-saluter, or a flag-waver--no, not I. I'm speaking as a victim of
this
  >American system. And I see America through the eyes of the victim. I
don't
  >see any American dream; I see an American nightmare." April 3, 1964
  >
  >"Revolution is never based on begging somebody for an integrated cup of
  >coffee. Revolutions are never fought by turning the other
  >cheek. Revolutions are never based upon love-your-enemy and
  >pray-for-those-who-spitefully-use-you. And revolutions are never waged
  >singing 'We Shall Overcome.'...Revolutions are never based upon that
which
  >is begging a corrupt system to accept us into it. Revolutions overturn
  >systems. And there is no system on this earth which has proven itself
more
  >corrupt, more criminal, than this system that in 1964 still colonizes 22
  >million African-Americans, still enslaves 22 million
  >Afro-Americans." April 8, 1964
  >
  >"We are in a society where the power is in the hands of those who are the
  >worst breed of humanity." Feb. 16, 1965
  >
  >"But since the white man, your friend, took your language away from you
  >during slavery, the only language you know is his language. You know,
your
  >friend's language. So you call for the same God he calls for. When he's
  >putting a rope around your neck, you call for God and he calls for
  >God. [laughter] And you wonder why the one you call on never answers
  >you." Feb. 14, 1965
  >
  >"Elijah believes that God is going to come and straighten things out. I
  >believe that too. But whereas Elijah is willing to sit and wait, I'm not
  >willing to sit and wait on God to come. If he doesn't come soon, it will
  >be too late. I believe in religion, but a religion that includes
  >political, economic, and social action designed to eliminate some of thse
  >things, and make a paradise on earth while we're waiting for the other.
  > I believe in brotherhood, but my religion does not blind me to the fact
  >that I am living in a society where brotherhood cannot exist." Feb. 3,
  >1965
  >
  >"As long as we wait for the Congress and the Senate and the Supreme Court
  >and the president to solve our problems, you'll have us waiting for
  >another thousand years." Feb. 16, 1965
  >
  >"It is impossible for capitalism to survive, primarily because the system
  >of capitalism need some blood to suck....It used to be strong enough to
go
  >and suck anybody's blood whether they were strong or not. But now it has
  >become more cowardly, like the vulture, and it can only suck the blood of
  >the helpless. As the nations of the world free themselves, then
capitalism
  >has fewer victims, less to suck, and it becomes weaker and weaker. It is
  >only a matter of time in my opinion before it will collapse
  >completely." Jan. 18, 1965 interview
  >
  >"We're not against people because they're white. But we're against those
  >who practice racism. We're against those who drop bombs on people because
  >their color happens to be of a different shade than yours. And because
  >we're against it, the press says we're violent. We're not for
  >violence; we're for peace. But the people that we're up against are for
  >violence. You can't be peaceful when you're dealing with them." 2/16/65
  >
  >"For one, when a white man comes to me and tells me how liberal he is,
the
  >first thing I want to know, is he a nonviolent liberal, or the other
  >kind. I don't go for any nonviolent white liberals. If you are for me and
  >my problems--when I say me, I mean us, our people--then you have to be
  >willing to do as old John Brown did." Jan. 7, 1965
  >
  >"You think you can win in South Vietnam? The French were deeply
  >entrenched. They had the best weapons of warfare, a highly mechanized
  >army, everything that you would need. And the guerillas came out of
  >the rice paddies with nothing but sneakers on and a rifle and a bowl of
  >rice, nothing but gym shoes and a rifle and a bowl of rice. And you know
  >what they did in Dien Bien Phu...." Feb. 11, 1965
  >
  >"I don't want you to think that I came here to make an anti-American
  >speech. [laughter] I wouldn't come here for that. I came to make a
  >speech, to tell you the truth. And if the truth is anti-American, then
  >blame the truth, don't blame me." Feb. 11, 1965
  >
  >"Back during slavery, when Black people like me talked to the slaves,
they
  >didn't kill 'em, they sent some old house Negro aroudn behind him to undo
  >what he said....There were two kinds of Negroes. There was that old house
  >Negro and the field Negro. And the house Negro always looked out for his
  >master. When the field Negroes got too much out of line, he held them
back
  >in check. He put 'em back on the plantation.
  >The house Negro could afford to do that because he lived better than the
  >field Negro. He ate better, he dressed better, and he lived in a better
  >house. He lived right up next to the master--in the attic or the
  >basementt. He ate the same food his master ate and wore his same
  >clothes. And he could talk just like his master--good diction. And he
  >loved his master more than the master loved himself. That's why he didn't
  >want his master hurt.
  >If the master got sick, he'd say, 'What's the matter, boss, we sick'?
When
  >the master's house caust afire, he'd try to put the fire out. He didn't
  >want his master's house burned. He never wanted his master's property
  >threatened. That was the house Negro.
  >But then you had some fielf Negroes, who lived in huts, had nothing to
  >lose. They wore the worst kind of clothes. They ate the worst food. And
  >they caught hell. They felt the sting of the lash. They hated their
  >master; oh yes, they did.
  >If the master got sick, they'd pray that the master died. If the master's
  >house caught afire, they'd pray for a strong wind to come along. This was
  >the difference between the two. And today you still have house Negroes
and
  >field Negroes." Feb. 3, 1965
  >
  >"Any time you throw your weight behind a political party that controls
  >two-thirds of the government, and that party can't keep the promises that
  >it made to you during election time, and you're dumb enough to walk
around
  >continuing to identify yourself with that political party, you're not
only
  >a chump but you're a traitor to your race." April 12, 1964
  >
  >Malcolm: "You have to wake the people up first, then you'll get action."
  >Q: "Wake them up to their exploitation?"
  >Malcolm: "No, to their humanity, to their own worth, and to their
  >heritage." interview in Village Voice, Feb. 1965
  >
  >"I believe that there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed
and
  >those that do the oppressing. I belive that there will be a clash between
  >those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who
  >want to continue the systems of exploitation. I believe that there will
be
  >that kind of clash, but I don't think that it will be based upon the
color
  >of the skin." Jan. 19, 1965
  >
  >
  >
  >
  >


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<DIV><SPAN class=119475020-19052001><FONT face=Verdana color=#808080>My favorite
early Malcolm X quote was something like "we didn't land on Plymouth Rock,
Plymouth Rock landed on us"</FONT></SPAN></DIV>
<DIV><SPAN class=119475020-19052001><FONT face=Verdana
color=#808080></FONT></SPAN> </DIV>
<DIV><SPAN class=119475020-19052001><FONT face=Verdana color=#808080>I hope I
got it more or less correct.</FONT></SPAN></DIV>
<DIV><SPAN class=119475020-19052001><FONT face=Verdana
color=#808080></FONT></SPAN> </DIV>
<DIV><SPAN class=119475020-19052001><FONT face=Verdana
color=#808080>Regards,</FONT></SPAN></DIV>
<DIV><SPAN class=119475020-19052001><FONT face=Verdana
color=#808080></FONT></SPAN> </DIV>
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  <DIV class=OutlookMessageHeader dir=ltr align=left><FONT face=Tahoma
  size=2>-----Mensaje original-----<BR><B>De:</B> owner-marxism at lists.panix.com
  [mailto:owner-marxism at lists.panix.com]<B>En nombre de </B>john.m.
  cox<BR><B>Enviado el:</B> sábado 19 de mayo de 2001 20:21<BR><B>Para:</B>
  surgelocal at listserv.unc.edu<BR><B>CC:</B>
  marxism at lists.panix.com<BR><B>Asunto:</B> Malcolm X: b. 5/19/25
  <BR><BR></FONT></DIV>
  <DIV></DIV>
  <P>>I hope noone objects if I pass along these quotations from Malcolm X,
  who was born this day in 1925; they remind us of the rare integrity and
  political foresight (as well as the sense of humor) of this great leader -
</P>
  <P>"No, I'm not an American. I'm one of the 22 million Black people who are
  the victims of Americanism. One of the 22 million Black people who are the
</P>
  <DIV></DIV>>victims of democracy, nothing but disguised hypocrisy. So, I'm
  not
  <DIV></DIV>>standing here speaking to you as an American, or a patriot, or
  a
  <DIV></DIV>>flag-saluter, or a flag-waver--no, not I. I'm speaking as a
  victim of this
  <DIV></DIV>>American system. And I see America through the eyes of the
  victim. I don't
  <DIV></DIV>>see any American dream; I see an American nightmare." April 3,
  1964
  <DIV></DIV>>
  <DIV></DIV>>"Revolution is never based on begging somebody for an
  integrated cup of
  <DIV></DIV>>coffee. Revolutions are never fought by turning the other
  <DIV></DIV>>cheek. Revolutions are never based upon love-your-enemy and
  <DIV></DIV>>pray-for-those-who-spitefully-use-you. And revolutions are
  never waged
  <DIV></DIV>>singing 'We Shall Overcome.'...Revolutions are never based upon
  that which
  <DIV></DIV>>is begging a corrupt system to accept us into it. Revolutions
  overturn
  <DIV></DIV>>systems. And there is no system on this earth which has proven
  itself more
  <DIV></DIV>>corrupt, more criminal, than this system that in 1964 still
  colonizes 22
  <DIV></DIV>>million African-Americans, still enslaves 22 million
  <DIV></DIV>>Afro-Americans." April 8, 1964
  <DIV></DIV>>
  <DIV></DIV>>"We are in a society where the power is in the hands of those
  who are the
  <DIV></DIV>>worst breed of humanity." Feb. 16, 1965
  <DIV></DIV>>
  <DIV></DIV>>"But since the white man, your friend, took your language away
  from you
  <DIV></DIV>>during slavery, the only language you know is his language. You
  know, your
  <DIV></DIV>>friend's language. So you call for the same God he calls for.
  When he's
  <DIV></DIV>>putting a rope around your neck, you call for God and he calls
  for
  <DIV></DIV>>God. [laughter] And you wonder why the one you call on never
  answers
  <DIV></DIV>>you." Feb. 14, 1965
  <DIV></DIV>>
  <DIV></DIV>>"Elijah believes that God is going to come and straighten
  things out. I
  <DIV></DIV>>believe that too. But whereas Elijah is willing to sit and
  wait, I'm not
  <DIV></DIV>>willing to sit and wait on God to come. If he doesn't come
  soon, it will
  <DIV></DIV>>be too late. I believe in religion, but a religion that
  includes
  <DIV></DIV>>political, economic, and social action designed to eliminate
  some of thse
  <DIV></DIV>>things, and make a paradise on earth while we're waiting for
  the other.
  <DIV></DIV>> I believe in brotherhood, but my religion does not blind me to
  the fact
  <DIV></DIV>>that I am living in a society where brotherhood cannot exist."
  Feb. 3,
  <DIV></DIV>>1965
  <DIV></DIV>>
  <DIV></DIV>>"As long as we wait for the Congress and the Senate and the
  Supreme Court
  <DIV></DIV>>and the president to solve our problems, you'll have us waiting
  for
  <DIV></DIV>>another thousand years." Feb. 16, 1965
  <DIV></DIV>>
  <DIV></DIV>>"It is impossible for capitalism to survive, primarily because
  the system
  <DIV></DIV>>of capitalism need some blood to suck....It used to be strong
  enough to go
  <DIV></DIV>>and suck anybody's blood whether they were strong or not. But
  now it has
  <DIV></DIV>>become more cowardly, like the vulture, and it can only suck
  the blood of
  <DIV></DIV>>the helpless. As the nations of the world free themselves, then
  capitalism
  <DIV></DIV>>has fewer victims, less to suck, and it becomes weaker and
  weaker. It is
  <DIV></DIV>>only a matter of time in my opinion before it will collapse
  <DIV></DIV>>completely." Jan. 18, 1965 interview
  <DIV></DIV>>
  <DIV></DIV>>"We're not against people because they're white. But we're
  against those
  <DIV></DIV>>who practice racism. We're against those who drop bombs on
  people because
  <DIV></DIV>>their color happens to be of a different shade than yours. And
  because
  <DIV></DIV>>we're against it, the press says we're violent. We're not for
  <DIV></DIV>>violence; we're for peace. But the people that we're up against
  are for
  <DIV></DIV>>violence. You can't be peaceful when you're dealing with them."
  2/16/65
  <DIV></DIV>>
  <DIV></DIV>>"For one, when a white man comes to me and tells me how liberal
  he is, the
  <DIV></DIV>>first thing I want to know, is he a nonviolent liberal, or the
  other
  <DIV></DIV>>kind. I don't go for any nonviolent white liberals. If you are
  for me and
  <DIV></DIV>>my problems--when I say me, I mean us, our people--then you
  have to be
  <DIV></DIV>>willing to do as old John Brown did." Jan. 7, 1965
  <DIV></DIV>>
  <DIV></DIV>>"You think you can win in South Vietnam? The French were deeply

  <DIV></DIV>>entrenched. They had the best weapons of warfare, a highly
  mechanized
  <DIV></DIV>>army, everything that you would need. And the guerillas came
  out of
  <DIV></DIV>>the rice paddies with nothing but sneakers on and a rifle and a
  bowl of
  <DIV></DIV>>rice, nothing but gym shoes and a rifle and a bowl of rice. And
  you know
  <DIV></DIV>>what they did in Dien Bien Phu...." Feb. 11, 1965
  <DIV></DIV>>
  <DIV></DIV>>"I don't want you to think that I came here to make an
  anti-American
  <DIV></DIV>>speech. [laughter] I wouldn't come here for that. I came to
  make a
  <DIV></DIV>>speech, to tell you the truth. And if the truth is
  anti-American, then
  <DIV></DIV>>blame the truth, don't blame me." Feb. 11, 1965
  <DIV></DIV>>
  <DIV></DIV>>"Back during slavery, when Black people like me talked to the
  slaves, they
  <DIV></DIV>>didn't kill 'em, they sent some old house Negro aroudn behind
  him to undo
  <DIV></DIV>>what he said....There were two kinds of Negroes. There was that
  old house
  <DIV></DIV>>Negro and the field Negro. And the house Negro always looked
  out for his
  <DIV></DIV>>master. When the field Negroes got too much out of line, he
  held them back
  <DIV></DIV>>in check. He put 'em back on the plantation.
  <DIV></DIV>>The house Negro could afford to do that because he lived better
  than the
  <DIV></DIV>>field Negro. He ate better, he dressed better, and he lived in
  a better
  <DIV></DIV>>house. He lived right up next to the master--in the attic or
  the
  <DIV></DIV>>basementt. He ate the same food his master ate and wore his
  same
  <DIV></DIV>>clothes. And he could talk just like his master--good diction.
  And he
  <DIV></DIV>>loved his master more than the master loved himself. That's why
  he didn't
  <DIV></DIV>>want his master hurt.
  <DIV></DIV>>If the master got sick, he'd say, 'What's the matter, boss, we
  sick'? When
  <DIV></DIV>>the master's house caust afire, he'd try to put the fire out.
  He didn't
  <DIV></DIV>>want his master's house burned. He never wanted his master's
  property
  <DIV></DIV>>threatened. That was the house Negro.
  <DIV></DIV>>But then you had some fielf Negroes, who lived in huts, had
  nothing to
  <DIV></DIV>>lose. They wore the worst kind of clothes. They ate the worst
  food. And
  <DIV></DIV>>they caught hell. They felt the sting of the lash. They hated
  their
  <DIV></DIV>>master; oh yes, they did.
  <DIV></DIV>>If the master got sick, they'd pray that the master died. If
  the master's
  <DIV></DIV>>house caught afire, they'd pray for a strong wind to come
  along. This was
  <DIV></DIV>>the difference between the two. And today you still have house
  Negroes and
  <DIV></DIV>>field Negroes." Feb. 3, 1965
  <DIV></DIV>>
  <DIV></DIV>>"Any time you throw your weight behind a political party that
  controls
  <DIV></DIV>>two-thirds of the government, and that party can't keep the
  promises that
  <DIV></DIV>>it made to you during election time, and you're dumb enough to
  walk around
  <DIV></DIV>>continuing to identify yourself with that political party,
  you're not only
  <DIV></DIV>>a chump but you're a traitor to your race." April 12, 1964
  <DIV></DIV>>
  <DIV></DIV>>Malcolm: "You have to wake the people up first, then you'll get
  action."
  <DIV></DIV>>Q: "Wake them up to their exploitation?"
  <DIV></DIV>>Malcolm: "No, to their humanity, to their own worth, and to
  their
  <DIV></DIV>>heritage." interview in Village Voice, Feb. 1965
  <DIV></DIV>>
  <DIV></DIV>>"I believe that there will ultimately be a clash between the
  oppressed and
  <DIV></DIV>>those that do the oppressing. I belive that there will be a
  clash between
  <DIV></DIV>>those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and
  those who
  <DIV></DIV>>want to continue the systems of exploitation. I believe that
  there will be
  <DIV></DIV>>that kind of clash, but I don't think that it will be based
  upon the color
  <DIV></DIV>>of the skin." Jan. 19, 1965
  <DIV></DIV>>
  <DIV></DIV>>
  <DIV></DIV>>
  <DIV></DIV>>
  <DIV></DIV>>
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