Malcolm X

The common goal of 22 million Afro-Americans is respect as human beings, the God-given right to be a human being. Our common goal is to obtain the human rights that America has been denying us. We can never get civil rights in America until our human rights are first restored. We will never be recognized as citizens there until we are first recognized as humans.

The Negro revolution is controlled by foxy white liberals, by the Government itself. But the Black Revolution is controlled only by God.

I believe in the brotherhood of man, all men, but I donít believe in brotherhood with anybody who doesnít want brotherhood with me. I believe in treating people right, but Iím not going to waste my time trying to treat somebody right who doesnít know how to return the treatment.

You canít separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.

There is nothing in our book, the Koran, 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 puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery. Thatís a good religion.

Itís just like when youíve got some coffee thatís too black, which means itís too strong. What do you do? You integrate it with cream, you make it weak. But if you pour too much cream in it, you wonít even know you ever had coffee. It used to be hot, it becomes cool. It used to be strong, it becomes weak. It used to wake you up, now it puts you to sleep.

Sitting at the table doesnít make you a diner. You must be eating some of whatís on that plate. Being here in America doesnít make you an American. Being born here in America doesnít make you an American.

If violence is wrong in America, violence is wrong abroad. If it is wrong to be violent defending black women and black children and black babies and black men, then it is wrong for America to draft us, and make us violent abroad in defense of her. And if it is right for America to draft us, and teach us how to be violent in defense of her, then it is right for you and me to do whatever is necessary to defend our own people right here in this country.

Memorable Quotations: African-American Writers

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