ᐅ135+ Famous Malcolm X Quotes (INSPIRATIONAL)

"I believe that it would be almost impossible to find anywhere in America a black man who has lived further down in the mud of human society than I have; or a black man who has been any more ignorant than I have; or a black man who has suffered more anguish during his life than I have. But it is only after the deepest darkness that the greatest joy can come; it is only after slavery and prison that the sweetest appreciation of freedom can come." ~ Malcolm X

"He [liberal white person] may stand with you through thin, but not thick; when the chips are down, you'll find that as fixed in him as his bone structure is his sometimes subconscious conviction that he's better than anybody black." ~ Malcolm X

“If you have a dog, I must have a dog. If you have a rifle, I must have a rifle.

"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." ~ Malcolm X

"No, I’m not an American. I’m one of the 22 million black people who are the victims of Americanism. One of 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." ~ Malcolm X

"They don't stand for anything different in South Africa than America stands for. The only difference is over there they preach as well as practice apartheid. America preaches freedom and practices slavery." ~ Malcolm X

"When I was in prison, I read an article - don't be shocked when I say I was in prison. You're still in prison. That's what America means: prison." ~ Malcolm X

"The black nation of Egypt is the only country that has a science named after its culture: Egyptology" ~ Malcolm X

"To the same degree that your understanding of and attitude toward Afrika become positive, you'll find that your understanding of and your attitude toward yourself will also become positive." ~ Malcolm X

"His master’s pain was his pain. And it hurt him more for his master to be sick than for him to be sick himself. When the house started burning down, that type of Negro would fight harder to put the master’s house out than the master himself would. But then you had another Negro out in the field. The house Negro was in the minority. The masses—the field Negroes were the masses. They were in the majority. When the master got sick, they prayed that he’d die. If his house caught on fire, they'd pray for a wind to come along and fan the breeze." ~ Malcolm X

"The Honorable Elijah Muhammad is teaching the black man, you're a human man. All you have to do is dignify yourself. You don't have to wait for any white man to recognize you. Recognize yourself. Love each other. Practice harmony and brotherhood among your own kind." ~ Malcolm X

"Revolutions are never peaceful." ~ Malcolm X

“When you aren’t affiliated with anything, and then you look at something, you look

"When you aren't affiliated with anything, and then you look at something, you look at it with your eye to the best of your ability." ~ Malcolm X

"What Mr. Muhammad says is, they should take their Navy and their - Merchant Fleet and ship us back where they got us.And that's not deportation, that's - returning stolen property to its proper owner.Now, since the government doesn't want to do that, then they - and they have already proven that they can't bring about peaceful relations on an integrated basis in this country, give us some separate territory in this country where our people can go and do something for ourselves. And provide us with everything that we need to keep that new territory going, until we are self-sufficient." ~ Malcolm X

"I am for violence if non-violence means we continue postponing a solution to the American black man's problem just to avoid violence." ~ Malcolm X

"I don't think you can having an opportunity to ride either on the front or the back or in the middle of someone else's bus doesn't dignify you." ~ Malcolm X

"There is nothing in our book, the Koran, that teaches us to suffer peacefully. Our religion teaches us to be intelligent." ~ Malcolm X

"America is such a paradoxical society, hypocritically paradoxical, that if you don't have some humor, you'll crack up." ~ Malcolm X

"You can't hate your origin and not end up hating yourself. You can't hate Africa and not hate yourself." ~ Malcolm X

"I believe in human rights for everyone, and none of us is qualified to judge each other and that none of us should therefore have that authority." ~ Malcolm X

"[JF] Kennedy was a deceitful man. He was a cold-blooded politician whose purpose was to get elected." ~ Malcolm X

"When the Muslims deliver the indictment of the American system, it is not the white man per se that is being doomed." ~ Malcolm X

"You don't stick a knife in a man's back nine inches and then pull it out six inches and say you're making progress." ~ Malcolm X

"Not a physical migration, but a cultural, psychological, philosophical migration back to Africa, which means the restoring our common bond will give us the spiritual strength and the incentive to strengthen our political and social and economic position right here in America, and to fight for the things that are ours by right here on this continent." ~ Malcolm X

"Any number of my former brothers felt they would make heroes of themselves in the Nation of Islam if they killed me. ...I knew that no one would kill you quicker than Muslim if he felt that's what Allah wanted him to do." ~ Malcolm X

"It is the attitude of the American white man that is making him stand condemned today before the eyes of the entire dark world and even before the eyes of the Europeans. It is his attitude, his haughty, holier-than-thou attitude." ~ Malcolm X

"I have been blessed to visit the Holy City of Mecca." ~ Malcolm X

"Only time [JF] Kennedy made any, took any action to even look like he identified with negroes was when he was forced to. Kennedy didn't even make his speech based on this problem being a moral issue until Negroes exploded in Birmingham." ~ Malcolm X

"You catch any white man off guard in here right now, you catch him off guard and ask him what he is, he doesn't say he's an American. He either tells you he's Irish, or he's Italian, or he's German, if you catch him off guard and he doesn't know what you're up to. And even though he was born here, he'll tell you he's Italian. Well, if he's Italian, you and I are African even though we were born here." ~ Malcolm X

"Many of them who belong to these countries that were former colonial powers have racist attitudes, but their racist attitude is never displayed to the degree that the America's attitude of racism is displayed. Never." ~ Malcolm X

"I imagine that one of the biggest troubles with colleges is there are too many distractions, too much panty-raiding, fraternities, and boola-boola and all of that." ~ Malcolm X

"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. And what America is trying to do is pass laws to force whites to pretend that they want Negroes into their schools or into - in their places of employment." ~ Malcolm X

"[White men] has the audacity to call himself even the "Leader of the Free World" while he has a country that can't even give the basic human rights to over twenty-two million of its citizens. This is aud-, this is, this takes audacity; this takes nerve. So it is this attitude today that's causing the Americans to be condemned." ~ Malcolm X

"One of the things that made the Black Muslim movement grow was its emphasis upon things African. This was the secret to the growth of the Black Muslim movement. African blood, African origin, African culture, African ties. And you'd be surprised - we discovered that deep within the subconscious of the black man in this country, he is still more African than he is American." ~ 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 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." ~ Malcolm X

"The number one thing that has to be done, [black men] has to be retaught, be given - he has to be reeducated and made to know that he's a man, like anyone else, and then he can stand on his own two feet, like others have done." ~ Malcolm X

"History rewards all research. And history fails to record one single instance in which the white man - as a people - did good. They have always been devils; they always will be devils, and they are about to be destroyed. The final proof that they are devils lies in the fact that they are about to destroy themselves. Only a devil - and a stupid devil at that - would destroy himself!" ~ Malcolm X

"Either you are a citizen or you are not a citizen at all. If you are citizen, you are free; if youre not a citizen you are a slave." ~ Malcolm X

"I myself would go for nonviolence if it was consistent, if everybody was going to be nonviolent all the time. I'd say, okay, let's get with it, we'll all be nonviolent. But I don't go along with any kind of nonviolence unless everybody's going to be nonviolent. If they make the Ku Klux Klan nonviolent, I'll be nonviolent. If they make the White Citizens Council nonviolent, I'll be nonviolent. But as long as you've got somebody else not being nonviolent, I don't want anybody coming to me talking any nonviolent talk." ~ Malcolm X

"I find it difficult [to believe] that... Christians accuse [Black Muslims] of teaching racial supremacy or... hatred, because their own history and... teachings are filled with it." ~ Malcolm X

"Be nonviolent only with those who are nonviolent to you. And when you can bring me a nonviolent racist, bring me a nonviolent segregationist, then I'll get nonviolent. But don't teach me to be nonviolent until you teach some of those crackers to be nonviolent." ~ Malcolm X

"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. His history on this earth has proved that." ~ Malcolm X

"It is incorrect to classify the revolt of the Negro as simply a radical conflict of black against white or as a purely American problem. Rather, we are today seeing a global rebellion of the oppressed against the oppressor, the exploited against the exploiter." ~ Malcolm X

"I had begun to read books and things and, in fact, one of the persons who started me thinking seriously was an atheist that I, another negro inmate whom I'd heard in a discussion with white inmates and who was able to hold his own at all levels. And he impressed me with his knowledge, and I began to listen very carefully to some of the things he said." ~ Malcolm X

"Our accent will be upon youth: we need new ideas, new methods, new approaches. We will call upon young students of political science throughout the nation to help us. We will encourage these young students to launch their own independent study, and then give us their analysis and their suggestions. We are completely disenchanted with the old, adult, established politicians. We want to see some new faces -- more militant faces." ~ Malcolm X

"If the black man is allowed to separate and go into some land of his own where he can solve his own problems, there won't be any explosion, and the Negroes who want to stay with the white man, let them stay with the white man - but those who want to leave, let them go to The Honorable Elijah Muhammad." ~ Malcolm X

"I think that any black man who teaches black people to turn the other cheek and suffer peacefully after they've been turning the cheek and suffering peacefully for 400 years in a land of bondage, under the most cruel, inhuman and wicked slavemaster that any people have ever been under, he is doing those people an injustice, and he's a traitor to his own people." ~ Malcolm X

"Sitting at the table doesn’t make you a diner, unless you eat 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." ~ Malcolm X

"I don't believe in any form of unjustified extremism! But when a man is exercising extremism -- a human being is exercising extremism -- in defense of liberty for human beings it's no vice, and when one is moderate in the pursuit of justice for human beings I say he is a sinner." ~ Malcolm X

"You have, you can only answer it this way: by turning it around. Can the negro - who is the victim of the system - escape the collective stigma that is placed upon all Negroes in this country?" ~ Malcolm X

“The Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us the religion of Islam, which is a

"The Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us the religion of Islam, which is a religion of peace." ~ Malcolm X

"I know that societies often have killed people who have helped to change those societies. And if I can die having brought any light, having exposed any meaningful truth that will help destroy the racist cancer that is malignant in the body of America, then, all credit is due to Allah. Only the mistakes have been mine." ~ Malcolm X

"Its the hinge that squeaks that gets the grease" ~ Malcolm X

"Most of [ the Negro leaders] who - who, whose existence or whose position of leadership depends upon the - on the subsidy or crumbs for - the crumbs from the white man's table, will only say what that white man wants to hear. When they get behind the door they talk a different language." ~ Malcolm X

"Revolution is always based on land. Revolution is never based on begging somebody for an integrated cup of coffee." ~ Malcolm X

"The real names of our people were destroyed during slavery. The last name of my forefathers was taken from them when they were brought to America and made slaves, and then the name of the slave master was given, which we refuse, we reject that name today and refuse it. I never acknowledge it whatsoever." ~ Malcolm X

"I could see from this, that perhaps if white Americans could accept the Oneness of God, then perhaps, too, they could accept in reality the Oneness of Man - and cease to measure, and hinder, and harm others in terms of their "differences" in color." ~ Malcolm X

"The white man is too intelligent to let someone else come and gain control of the economy of his community. But you will let anyone come in and take control of the economy of your community, control the housing, control the education, control the jobs, control the businesses, under the pre-text that you want to integrate. No, you outta your mind." ~ Malcolm X

"The same rebellion, the same impatience, the same anger that exists in the hearts of the dark people in Africa and Asia is existing in the hearts and minds of 20 million black people in this country who have been just as thoroughly colonized as the people in Africa and Asia." ~ Malcolm X

"Muhammad teaches us the knowledge of our own selves, and of our own people. He cleans us up-morally, mentally and spiritually" ~ Malcolm X

"The black masses want not to be shrunk from as though they are plague-ridden. They want not to be walled up in slums, in the ghettos, like animals. They want to live in an open, free society where they can walk with their heads up, like men, and women! Few white people realize that many black people today dislike and avoid spending more time than they must about white people. This 'integration' image, as it is popularly interpreted, has millions of vain, self-exalted white people convinced that black people want to sleep in bed with them - and that's a lie!" ~ Malcolm X

"Just take the negro child. Take the white child. The white child, although it has not committed any of the per - as a person has not committed any of the deeds that has produced the plight that the negro finds himself in, is he guiltless? The only way you can determine that is, take the negro child who's only four-years-old. Can he escape, though he's only four years old, can he escape the stigma of discrimination and segregation? He's only four-years-old." ~ Malcolm X

"By looking upon themselves as human beings, their whiteness to them isn't the yardstick of perfection or honor or anything else. And, therefore, this creates within them an attitude that is different from the attitude of the white that you meet here in America, and it was in Mecca that I realized that white is actually an attitude more so than it's a color." ~ Malcolm X

"I could turn around as Wyatt Walker said to me about, not you personally, but about the whole Black Muslim movement. That if you go outside of New York City, Dr. [Martin Luther] King is known to 90 percent of the Negroes in the United States and is respected and, and is identified more or less with him, at least as a hero of one kind or another. That the Black Muslim, outside of one or two communities like New York, are unknown." ~ Malcolm X

"Nonviolence is fine as long as it works." ~ Malcolm X

"The separating of a section of America for Afro- Americans is similar to expecting a heaven in the sky somewhere after you die." ~ Malcolm X

"The religion of Islam brings out of the individual all of his dormant potential." ~ Malcolm X

"Until the image of the black man in the mind of the black man has been changed, there will always be delinquency, parental and juvenile. The idea is not to change the attitude of the white man to the black man but to change the attitude of the black man to himself." ~ Malcolm X

"When you expand the civil-rights struggle to the level of human rights, you can then take the case of the black man in this country before the nations in the UN. You can take it before the General Assembly. You can take Uncle Sam before a world court. But the only level you can do it on is the level of human rights. Civil rights keeps you under his restrictions, under his jurisdiction. Civil rights keeps you in his pocket." ~ Malcolm X

"The Negro fought and bled and died in every war the white man waged, and he still won't give you justice. You nursed his baby and cleaned behind his wife, and he still won't give you freedom; you turned the other cheek while he lynched you and raped your women, but he still won't give you equality." ~ Malcolm X

"For one to control one's thoughts and feelings means one can actually control one's atmosphere and all who walk into its sphere of influence." ~ Malcolm X

"We don't go for segregation. We go for separation. Separation is when you have your own. You control your own economy; you control your own politics; you control your own society; you control your own everything." ~ Malcolm X

"And in the racial climate of this country today, it is anybody's guess which of the 'extremes' in approach to the black man's problems might personally meet a fatal catastrophe first - 'non-violent' Dr. King, or so-called 'violent' me." ~ Malcolm X

"There were tens of thousands of pilgrims, from all over the world. They were of all colors, from blue-eyed blonds to black-skinned Africans. But we were all participating in the same ritual, displaying a spirit of unity and brotherhood that my experiences in America had led me to believe never could exist between the white and non-white." ~ Malcolm X

"I looked on the television the other night and saw them beating a Negro unmercifully in Mississippi. And this is the result of a brainwashing technique, a certain power structure in the American government has paid these Negro integrationist leaders to perpetuate among our people. But it's not a good thing, and it will never solve our problem." ~ Malcolm X

"The religious philosophy that they had adopted, in my opinion, was the only thing and is the only thing that can remove the white from the mind of the white man and the negro from the mind of the negro. I have seen what Islam has done with our people, our people who had this feeling of negro - and it had a psychological effect of putting them in a mental prison." ~ Malcolm X

"Now, you integration-minded Negroes are trying to force yourselves on your former slave master, trying to make him accept you in his drawing room; you want to hang out with his women rather than the women of your own kind." ~ Malcolm X

"We reject segregation even more militantly than you say you do! We want separation, which is not the same! The Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us that segregation is when your life and liberty are controlled, regulated, by someone else. To segregate means to control. Segregation is that which is forced upon inferiors by superiors. But separation is that which is done voluntarily, by two equals - for the good of both!" ~ Malcolm X

"Integration is the method toward obtaining that goal. And what he Negro leader has done is gotten himself wrapped up in the method and has forgotten what the goal is." ~ Malcolm X

"I remember one thing that marred this time for me; the movie "Gone with the Wind." When it played in Mason [MI], I was the only Negro in the theater, and when Butterfly McQueen went into her act, I felt like crawling under the rug." ~ Malcolm X

“I think teaching a man to hate himself is much more criminal than teaching

"I think teaching a man to hate himself is much more criminal than teaching a man to hate someone else." ~ Malcolm X

"I'm sorry to say that the subject I most disliked was mathematics. I have thought about it. I think the reason was that mathematics leaves no room for argument. If you made a mistake, that was all there was to it." ~ Malcolm X

"This was my first lesson about gambling: if you see somebody winning all the time, he isn't gambling, he's cheating. Later on in life, if I were continuously losing in any gambling situation, I would watch very closely." ~ Malcolm X

"The cornerstones of this country's operation are economic and political strength and power. The black man doesn't have the economic strength - and it will take time for him to build it. But right now the American black man has the political strength and power to change his destiny overnight." ~ Malcolm X

"I don't have any hate. I've got some sense. I'm not going to let anybody who hates me tell me to love him. I'm not that way-out." ~ Malcolm X

"On the Iberian Peninsula in the Spanish-Portuguese area, southern France that high state of a culture existed there because of Africans known as Moors had come there and brought it there." ~ Malcolm X

"They attack the victim, and then the criminal who attacked the victim accuses the victim of attacking him. This is American justice. This is American democracy and those of you who are familiar with it know that in America democracy is hypocrisy. Now, if I’m wrong, put me in jail; but if you can’t prove that democracy is not hypocrisy, then don’t put your hands on me." ~ Malcolm X

"[Civil right leaders]themselves in their pronouncements will tell you they need white allies, they need white help, they need white this." ~ Malcolm X

"Whenever any group can vote in a bloc, and decide the outcome of elections, and it fails to do this, then that group is politically sick." ~ Malcolm X

"Any time you put too many sparks around a powder keg, the thing is going to explode, and if the things that explodes is still inside the house, then the house will be destroyed." ~ Malcolm X

"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." ~ Malcolm X

"22 million African-Americans - that's what we are - Africans who are in America." ~ Malcolm X

"Our success in America will involve two circles: Black Nationalism and Islam–it will take BN [Black Nationalism] to make our people conscious of doing for self & then Islam will provide the spiritual guidance. BN [Black Nationalism] will link us to Africa and Islam will link us spiritually to Africa, Arabia & Asia." ~ Malcolm X

"They asked if I knew what 'conscientious objector' meant. I told them that when the white man asked me to go off somewhere and fight and maybe die to preserve the way the white man treated the black man in America, then my conscience made me object." ~ Malcolm X

"I don't trust any white man who teaches Negroes to turn the other cheek or to be nonviolent, which means to be defenseless in the face of a very brutal, criminal enemy. No. That's my yardstick for measuring whites." ~ Malcolm X

"Men who are proud of being black marry black women; women who are proud of being black marry black men." ~ Malcolm X

"What the white man in America needs to realize is there's a new thinking among black people today which makes them not willing to sit around and wait for five years to get this problem solved, much less a hundred years." ~ Malcolm X

"As I say, if we bring up religion we'll have differences; we'll have arguments; and we'll never be able to get together." ~ Malcolm X

"The black man in America's position is parallel with that of the Jews, especially when the Jews were in bondage under Pharaoh. And at no time did Moses in the Bible ever try and integrate the Hebrews into the Egyptian society or accept any hypocritical offers made by the slave master of that day." ~ Malcolm X

“I am not a racist in any form whatsoever. I don’t believe in any form of discrimination

"I am not a racist in any form whatsoever. I don't believe in any form of discrimination or segregation." ~ Malcolm X

"If the white man can come here uneducated and as an immigrant, and within 10 or 15 years set up an industry that provides job opportunities and educational opportunities for black people, then if the black man, the black leadership, who has access to all of this money and has all of these degrees today, can't use his talent and his know-how to set up business opportunities, job opportunities, housing opportunities for the black people the same as the white leaders have done for white people, then these black leaders need to get off the boat." ~ Malcolm X

"A Negro just can't be whipped by somebody white and return with his head up in the neighborhood, especially in those days, when sports and, to a lesser extent show business, were the only fields open to Negroes, and when the ring was the only place a Negro could whip a white man and not be lynched." ~ Malcolm X

"Why should [Uncle Sam] send 20 billion dollars down there [South America], which is going to go down the drain every time you have a racial in - incident in this country?" ~ Malcolm X

"If I can't run my neighborhood you won't want me in your neighborhood." ~ Malcolm X

“I grew up in the country on a farm it was whenever someone said even that

"I grew up in the country on a farm it was whenever someone said even that a snake was eating the chickens or bothering the chickens, we'd kill snakes. We never knew whether that was the snake that did it." ~ Malcolm X

"Whenever I walk the street and see people ready to get with it, that's my reward." ~ Malcolm X

"We do not condemn the preachers as an individual but we condemn what they teach. We urge that the preachers teach the truth, to teach our people the one important guiding rule of conduct - unity of purpose." ~ Malcolm X

“If you stick a knife nine inches into my back and pull it out three inches

"If you stick a knife nine inches into my back and pull it out three inches, that is not progress." ~ Malcolm X

"Do something for yourself, and then you will be recognized by the entire world as a man who has done for himself what others have done for themselves." ~ Malcolm X

"[At a young age] I had learned enough about women to know not to pressure them when they're thinking something out; they'll tell you when they're ready." ~ Malcolm X

"During the past eleven days here in the Muslim world, I have eaten from the same plate, drunk from the same glass, and slept on the same rug - while praying to the same God - with fellow Muslims, whose eyes were the bluest of blue, whose hair was the blondest of blond, and whose skin was the whitest of white. And in the words and in the deeds of the white Muslims, I felt the same sincerity that I felt among the black African Muslims of Nigeria, Sudan and Ghana." ~ Malcolm X

"I have rarely talked to anyone about my mother, for I believe that I am capable of killing a person, without hesitation, who happened to make the wrong kind of remark about my mother. So I purposely don't make any opening for some fool to step into." ~ Malcolm X

"We don't think that we're begging for anything. We think we're demanding what is ours by right. And all we're asking for is an opportunity to do something for ourselves, rather than to sit around as a beggar, begging for jobs and begging for education from - for someone else for the rest of our lives." ~ Malcolm X

"...What we need to do in the community, and in the city, and in the state. We need to stop airing our differences in front of the white man. Put the white man out of our meetings, number one, and then sit down and talk shop with each other. [That's] all you gotta do." ~ Malcolm X

"Eleanor Roosevelt could easily have told negroes the deceitful maneuvering of the United States government that was going on behind the scenes. She never did it. In my opinion she was just another white woman whose profession was to make it appear that she was on the negro's side. You have a lot of whites who are in this category. Therefore, they have made negro loving a profession." ~ Malcolm X

"The thing that has made the so-called Negro in America fail, more than any other thing, is your, my, lack of knowledge concerning history. We know less about history than anything else." ~ Malcolm X

"What Martin Luther King is doing is disarming the black people of America of their God-given right and of their natural right." ~ Malcolm X

"It is a time for martyrs now, and if I am to be one, it will be for the cause of brotherhood. That's the only thing that can save this country." ~ Malcolm X

"The white race is doomed not because it's white but because of its misdeeds." ~ Malcolm X

"A revolution is bloody, but America is in a unique position. She's the only country in history in a position actually to become involved in a bloodless revolution. The Russian revolution was bloody, Chinese revolution was bloody, French revolution was bloody, Cuban revolution was bloody, and there was nothing more bloody then the American Revolution. But today this country can become involved in a revolution that won't take bloodshed. All she's got to do is give the black man in this country everything that's due him, everything." ~ Malcolm X

"Look at yourselves. Some of you teenagers, students. How do you think I feel and I belong to a generation ahead of you - how do you think I feel to have to tell you, 'We, my generation, sat around like a knot on a wall while the whole world was fighting for its hum an rights - and you've got to be born into a society where you still have that same fight.' What did we do, who preceded you ? I'll tell you what we did. Nothing. And don't you make the same mistake we made." ~ Malcolm X

"I don’t feel that I am a visitor in Ghana or in any part of Africa. I feel that I am at home." ~ Malcolm X

"Here I am, back in Mecca. I am still traveling, trying to broaden my mind, for I've seen too much of the damage narrow-mindedness can make of things, and when I return home to America, I will devote what energies I have to repairing the damage." ~ Malcolm X

"If you are not willing to pay the price for freedom, you don't deserve freedom." ~ Malcolm X

"Any way, any form necessary to defend himself; Negro should reserve the right to do that just the same as others have the right to do it." ~ Malcolm X

"I live like a man who's dead already! I have no fear whatsoever of anybody or anything" ~ Malcolm X

"There are many white people in this country who realize that the system itself - as it is constructed - is not so constructed that it can produce freedom and equality for the negro, and the system has to be changed." ~ Malcolm X

"When a man understands who he is, who God is, who the devil is... then he can pick himself up out of the gutter; he can clean himself up and stand up like a man should before his God." ~ Malcolm X

"In this country, these Negro leaders have Negroes sittin' - sitting down, thinking that that - there's dignity towards sitting in." ~ Malcolm X

"In order, in order to enforce you can't force people to act right toward each other. You can't force, you cannot legislate heart, conditions and attitudes." ~ Malcolm X

"Speaking like this doesn't mean that we're anti-white, but it does mean we're anti-exploitation, we're anti-degradation, we're anti-oppression." ~ Malcolm X

“Today we have a modern Belshazzar and a modern Pharaoh sitting in Washington D.C.”

"Today we have a modern Belshazzar and a modern Pharaoh sitting in Washington D.C." ~ Malcolm X

"The black people in this country are taught that their religion and the best religion is the religion of Islam, and when one accepts the religion of Islam, he's known as a Muslim." ~ Malcolm X

"[My half-sister] Ella and I always were much closer as basic types; we're dominant people, and [my other half-sister] Mary has always been mild and quiet, almost shy." ~ Malcolm X

"People involved in a revolution don't become part of the system; they destroy the system... The Negro revolution is no revolution because it condemns the system and then asks the system it has condemned to accept them." ~ Malcolm X

"It takes two to tango; when I go, you go." ~ Malcolm X

"I saw all races, all colors, blue eyed blonds to black skinned Africans in true brotherhood! In unity! Living as one! Worshiping as one! No segregationists, no liberals; they would not have known how to interpret the meaning of those words" ~ Malcolm X

"If the ballot doesn't work, we'll try something else. But let us try the ballot." ~ Malcolm X

"Any time you demonstrate against segregation and a man has the audacity to put a police dog on you, kill that dog, kill him, I'm telling you, kill that dog. I say it if they put me in jail tomorrow, kill that dog. Then you'll put a stop to it." ~ Malcolm X

"Any time Uncle Sam, with all his machinery for warfare, is held to a draw by some rice eaters, he's lost the battle." ~ Malcolm X

"They came to this country they, they were Hungarians, they were Communists from a Communist country. And right now those Hungarian freedom fighters can get jobs that student sit-ins can't get. They can go and sleep and live in hotels that Martin Luther King himself can't live in.They are recognized and respected because they are fighters, not because they are sit-iners or freedom." ~ Malcolm X

"If integration will get [black man] that [respect as the human being], all right. If segregation will get him that, all right. If separation will get him that, all right.But after he gets integration and he still doesn't have this dignity and this recognition as a human being, then his problem is still not solved." ~ Malcolm X

"Foreign diplomats could have modeled their conduct on the way the Negro postmen, Pullman porters, and dining car waiters of Roxbury [Massachusetts] acted, striding around as if they were wearing top hats and cutaways." ~ Malcolm X

"We can't teach what we don't know, and we can't lead where we can't go" ~ Malcolm X

"Even after the child, the life of the black child was saved, but that same white man will have to toss him right back into the discriminate, into discrimination, segregation, and these other things." ~ Malcolm X

"First, what is a revolution? Sometimes I'm inclined to believe that many of our people are using this word "revolution" loosely, without taking careful consideration [of] what this word actually means, and what its historic characteristics are. When you study the historic nature of revolutions, the motive of a revolution, the objective of a revolution, and the result of a revolution, and the methods used in a revolution, you may change words. You may devise another program. You may change your goal and you may change your mind." ~ Malcolm X

"Because once the black man becomes the political master of his own community, it means that the politicians of that community will also be black, which also means that he then will be sending black representation or representatives not only to represent him at the local level and at the state level, but, but even at the federal level." ~ Malcolm X

"The people listening very closely to what the Muslims have always declared. They'll find that in every declaration there's the fact that, the same as, as Moses told Pharaoh, "You're doomed if you don't do so and so," or as Daniel told, I think it was Balthazar or Nebuchadnezzar, "You are doomed if you don't do so and so."" ~ Malcolm X

"America's most dangerous and threatening black man is the one who has been kept sealed up by the Northerner in the black ghettos - the Northern white power structure's system to keep talking democracy while keeping the black man out of sight somewhere, around the corner." ~ Malcolm X

"Abraham Lincoln was interested in, in saving the Union. Well, most negroes have been tricked into thinking that Lincoln was a negro lover whose primary aim was to free them, and he died because he freed them." ~ Malcolm X

"Only a man who is ashamed of what he is will marry out of his race." ~ Malcolm X

"We must control the politics and the politicians of our community. They must no longer take orders from outside forces. We will organize, and sweep out of office all Negro politicians who are puppets for the outside forces." ~ Malcolm X

"No one should advocate any peaceful suffering to black people, unless the black - white man is going to practice the same kind of peaceful suffering." ~ Malcolm X

"If you read the story of slavery and see the part that the Uncle Tom played in the plantation, and then you see how the white man today has changed his tactics, but he still occupies the same position, in that same context you find Uncle Tom. He has changed his tactics but he still occupies the same position." ~ Malcolm X

"I will be happy to give my life to see some of these white devils die." ~ Malcolm X

"The problem of the negro is so criminal that many individuals and organizations are going to have to sacrifice what they call their organizational principles if someone comes up with a solution that will really solve the problem." ~ Malcolm X

"It has always been my belief that I, too, will die by violence. I have done all that I can to be prepared." ~ Malcolm X

"The short-range involves the long-range. Immediate steps have to be taken to reeducate our people into the, a more real view of political, economic, and social conditions in this country, and our ability in, in a self- improvement program to gain control politically over every community in which we predominate, and also over the economy of that same community as here in Harlem. Instead of all the stores in Harlem being owned by white people, they should be owned and operated by black people." ~ Malcolm X

"That is a lie. I'm not for wanton violence, I'm for justice." ~ Malcolm X

"I've never seen a sincere white man, not when it comes to helping black people. Usually things like this are done by white people to benefit themselves. The white man's primary interest is not to elevate the thinking of black people, or to waken black people, or white people either. The white man is interested in the black man only to the extent that the black man is of use to him. The white man's interest is to make money, to exploit." ~ Malcolm X

"The black man will inherit the earth; he will resume control, taking back the position he held centuries ago when the white devil was crawling around the caves of Europe on his all fours. Before the white devil came into our lives we had a civilization, we had a culture, we were living in silks and satins. Then he put us in chains and put us aboard the "Good Ship Jesus," and we have lived in hell ever since." ~ Malcolm X

"Why must I run against a Negro? We have had enough of Negroes running against and fighting with each other. The better bet is that we would put a Muslim candidate in the field against a devil, somebody who is against all we stand for." ~ Malcolm X

"You're going to have a racial explosion, and a racial explosion is more dangerous than an atomic explosion. It's going to explode because black people are dissatisfied; they're dissatisfied not only with the white man, but they're dissatisfied with these Negroes who have been sitting around here posing as leaders and spokesmen for black people and actually making the problem worse instead of making the problem better." ~ Malcolm X

"[People] earn extra money [in prison] selling contraband, dope, and things of that sort to the inmates, and so that really it's an exploiter." ~ Malcolm X

"Liberty or death was what brought about the freedom of whites in this country from the English." ~ Malcolm X

"I might add how in the world can you say, or can anyone say, that it will dignify the American Negro to beg in or wade [?] in or plead in when the people in Hungary didn't beg in? They were freedom fighters. And they fought for their freedom." ~ Malcolm X

"I might say this, that the problem of the, the solution for the Afro-American is two-fold - long-range and short-range." ~ Malcolm X

"The Honorable Elijah Muhammad says that the black man in America, for the past 400 years, has been like a boy in the white man's house, begging the white man for a job, for food, clothing and shelter. And then after the white man provides him with all of these things, he turns around and get - has the nerve to get angry at the white man when the white man tries to control his life." ~ Malcolm X

"Negroes don't even like snails! What they're doing is proving they're integrated." ~ Malcolm X

"When you are equal with another person, the problem of integration doesn't even arise." ~ Malcolm X

"We would do the same thing that America did when the Jap[an] - when, when Pearl Harbor was attacked. America defended itself. They said praise the Lord, but they passed the ammunition." ~ Malcolm X

"The black man in America is the same as the Jews were in bondage under Pharaoh. We are strangers in a land that is not ours. We are rejected by this type of modern Pharaoh or pharohnic society." ~ Malcolm X

"There was no racism; there was no problem [in Mecca]." ~ Malcolm X

“Everybody has a God and believes that his God will deliver him and protect him

"Everybody has a God and believes that his God will deliver him and protect him from his enemies!" ~ Malcolm X

"This is why integration will not work. It assumes that the two races, black and white, are equal and can be made to live as one. This is not true." ~ Malcolm X

"The white man is by nature a devil and must be destroyed." ~ Malcolm X

"Only in this form of separation the black man is exploited. 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." ~ Malcolm X

"Any negro who occupies a position that was given to him by the white man, if you analyze his function, his function never enables him to really take a firm, uncompromising, militant stand on problems that confront our people." ~ Malcolm X

"The Negro was taught to speak the white man's tongue, worship the white God, and accept the white man as his superior." ~ Malcolm X

"The black man in North America was sickest of all politically. He let the white man divide him into such foolishness as considering himself a black 'Democrat,' a black 'Republican,' a black 'Conservative,' or a black 'Liberal' ...when a ten-million black vote bloc could be the deciding balance of power in American politics, because the white man's vote is almost always evenly divided." ~ Malcolm X

"Now, the black man here was so-called free by [Abe] Lincoln 100 years ago. The black man in America has an - has a purchasing power of 20 billion dollars. Now, and he's educated." ~ Malcolm X

"You have a race problem that must be solved, or else you will alienate every non-white person on this earth within the next few years, or within the next few months." ~ Malcolm X

"You'd have civil war. You'd have a race war in this country." ~ Malcolm X

"I know that I will not die until my time comes." ~ Malcolm X

"Since I learned the truth in Mecca, my dearest friends have come to include all kinds - some Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, agnostics, and even atheists! I have friends who are called capitalists, Socialists, and Communists! Some of my friends are moderates, conservatives, extremists - some are even Uncle Toms! My friends today are black, brown, red, yellow, and white!" ~ Malcolm X

"I think, again, that that does the whole problem a, a disservice. It's not a case of our wanting to mix socially with whites. And when you - and the whites are right in the South when they say that getting a cup of coffee in a restaurant is not going to solve - is all right." ~ Malcolm X

"It'll be the ballot or the bullet. It'll be liberty or it'll be death" ~ Malcolm X

"The white man knows what a revolution is. He knows that the Black Revolution is worldwide in scope and in nature. The Black Revolution is sweeping Asia, is sweeping Africa, is rearing its head in Latin America. The Cuban Revolution - that's a revolution. They overturned the system. Revolution is in Asia, revolution is in Africa, and the white man is screaming because he sees revolution in Latin America. How do you think he'll react to you when you learn what a real revolution is?" ~ Malcolm X

"Well, my contention is that the political system of this country is so designed criminally to prevent this, that if the black man even started in that direction, which is a mature step and it's the only way to really solve this problem and to prove that he is the intellectual equal of others, why, the racists and the segregationists would fight that harder than they're fighting the present efforts to integrate." ~ Malcolm X

"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." ~ Malcolm X

"Actually we are Muslims because we believe in the religion of Islam." ~ Malcolm X

"A revolution is bloody. Revolution is hostile. Revolution knows no compromise. Revolution overturns and destroys everything that gets in its way." ~ Malcolm X

"It gives [a man] the incentive to develop his dormant potential so that when he becomes a part of the brotherhood of Islam, and is identified collectively in the brotherhood of Islam with the brothers in Islam, at the same time this also gives him the, it has the psychological effect of giving him the incentive as an individual to develop all of his dormant potential to its fullest extent." ~ Malcolm X

"I have gone through the process of re-evaluating, giving a personal re-evaluation to everything that I ever believed and that I did believe while I was a, a member and a minister." ~ Malcolm X

"The American Negro has been entirely brainwashed from ever seeing or thinking of himself, as he should, as a part of the non-white peoples of the world." ~ Malcolm X

"White is an attitude." ~ Malcolm X

“I don’t think that the objective of the American negro is white middle-class values

"I don't think that the objective of the American negro is white middle-class values because what are white middle-class values?" ~ Malcolm X

"It takes heart to be a guerrilla warrior because you’re on your own. In conventional warfare you have tanks and a whole lot of other people with you to back you up - planes over your head and all that kind of stuff. But a guerrilla is on his own. All you have is a rifle, some sneakers and a bowl of rice, and that’s all you need - and a lot of heart." ~ Malcolm X

"The political philosophy of black nationalism means that the black man should control the politics and the politicians in his own community; no more." ~ Malcolm X

"[The man] thinks he's being condemned because of his color but actually he's being condemned because of his deeds, his conscious behavior." ~ Malcolm X

"The main part of the tree is the root, and the root is always beneath the ground. It never is brought out into the light." ~ Malcolm X

“The white man is a devil. If he is not a devil, let him prove it!”

"The white man is a devil. If he is not a devil, let him prove it!" ~ Malcolm X

"After Hitler was destroyed, there was the threat of Stalin, but it was always the world pressure that was upon America that enabled black people to go forward. It was not the initiative internally that the Negro put forth in America, nor was it a change of moral heart on the part of Uncle Sam it was world pressure." ~ Malcolm X

"It's easy to become a satellite today without even being aware of it. This country can seduce God. Yes, it has that seductive power; the power of the dollar." ~ Malcolm X

"What does a black man look like begging for a cup of coffee in a white restaurant, and doesn't have a job to back up his - to pay for it when, when - when he does get the coffee? It's putting the cart before the horse." ~ Malcolm X

"When you want a nation, that's called nationalism... Black nationalism. A revolutionary is a Black nationalist. He wants a nation." ~ Malcolm X

"Most of the negro leaders who get the support of the power structure end up being against [Reverend] Galamison." ~ Malcolm X

"Wyatt Walker can walk through Harlem. No one would know him." ~ Malcolm X

"Among Negroes we have Negroes who are as white as some white people. Still there's a difference." ~ Malcolm X

"I was going through the hardest thing, also the greatest thing, for any human being to do; to accept that which is already within you, and around you." ~ Malcolm X

"...the collective white man had acted like a devil in virtually every contact he had with the world's collective non-white man." ~ Malcolm X

"Right now, in every big city ghetto, tens of thousands of yesterday's and today's school dropouts are keeping body and soul together by some form of hustling in the same way I did." ~ Malcolm X

"That's not our problem, that's America's problem. If the average American knew the trouble that Uncle Sam is in all over this earth, they could see that it - we are closer toward getting a separate territory in this country than the integrationists are toward getting integration." ~ Malcolm X

"This is a God-given right of any man.Anytime you have a man who is getting lynched, and what are his people supposed to do? Sit around and forgive the lyncher or wait on the United States government to go in and get the lyncher, like the United States government did in the case of, of Charles Mack Parker, and the FBI found who were the guilty lynchers, and right to this day, the FBI, the highest law enforcement body in the land, has yet to bring the lynchers of Mack Parker to justice?" ~ Malcolm X

"If you're black, you were born in jail, in the North as well as the South. Stop talking about the South. Long as you south of the Canadian border, you're south." ~ Malcolm X

"It is the system itself that, that is incapable of producing freedom for the twenty-two million Afro-Americans. Just like a chicken can't lay a duck egg, a chicken can't lay a duck egg, because the system of the chicken isn't constructed in the way to produce a duck egg. And just as that chicken system can't produce, is not capable to, of producing a duck egg, the political and economic system of this country is absolutely incapable of producing freedom and justice and equality and human dignity for the twenty-two million Afro-Americans." ~ Malcolm X

"The problem facing our people here in America is bigger than all other personal or organizational differences. Therefore, as leaders, we must stop worrying about the threat that we seem to think we pose to each other's personal prestige, and concentrate our united efforts toward solving the unending hurt that is being done daily to our people here in America." ~ Malcolm X

"America is the first country... that can actually have a bloodless revolution." ~ Malcolm X

"The prison systems in this country actually are exploitative and they are not in any way rehabilitative." ~ Malcolm X

"While I was in prison, I was indulging in all types of vice, right within the prison. And I never was ostracized as much by the penal authorities while I was participating in all of the evils of the prison, as they tried to ostracize me after I became a Muslim." ~ Malcolm X

"White individuals that have been going to jail. Segregation still exists; discrimination still exists. A few isolated white people whose individual acts are designed to eliminate this, that or, or the next thing but, yet, it is never eliminated is in no way impressive to me." ~ Malcolm X

"At this point I hadn't yet gotten deep into the historic condition that negroes in this country are confronted with, but at that point in my prison studies I, I read, I studied Islam as a religion more so than as I later come to know it in its connection with the plight or problem of Negroes in this country." ~ Malcolm X

“What you did to one, you did to all. So they couldn’t have that type of religion

"What you did to one, you did to all. So they couldn't have that type of religion being taught in the prison." ~ Malcolm X

"By explaining the difference between segregation and separation. Segregation is that which is forced upon an inferior by a superior. Separation is done voluntarily by two equals. If I have children and they live in my house, I care for them, they're dependent upon me. And their dependence upon me puts me in a position to regulate their lives, control their lives, tell them where to go, where they can't go. That's a form of segregation." ~ Malcolm X

"When you go to a church and you see the pastor of that church with a philosophy and a program that's designed to bring black people together and elevate black people, join that church. Join that church. If you see where the NAACP is preaching and practicing that which is designed to make black nationalism materialize, join the NAACP. Join any kind of organization, civic, religious, fraternal, political, or otherwise that's based on lifting the black man up and making him master of his own community." ~ Malcolm X

"The economic philosophy of black nationalism only means that our people need to be re-educated into the importance of controlling the economy of the community in which we live, which means that we won't have to constantly be involved in picketing and boycotting other people in other communities in order to get jobs." ~ Malcolm X

"In stating that the idea of a separate state is not practical, I'm also stating that the idea of integration, forced integration, as they've been making an effort to do in this country for the past years, is also just as impractical." ~ Malcolm X

"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 [why] they hate him?" ~ Malcolm X

"Racism is a human problem and a crime that is absolutely so ghastly that a person who is fighting racism is well within his rights to fight against it by any means necessary until it is eliminated." ~ Malcolm X

"Like Samson, I am ready to pull down the white man's temple, knowing full well that I will be destroyed by the falling rubble." ~ Malcolm X

"[Islam] is not measured by the color of his skin." ~ Malcolm X

"How could there be any difference between The Messenger and me? I am his slave, his servant, his son. He is the leader, the only spokesman for the Black Muslims." ~ Malcolm X

“The Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us to get away from the devil as soon

"The Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us to get away from the devil as soon and as fast as we can." ~ Malcolm X

"I don't think that anyone has been really created more by the white press than the civil right leaders." ~ Malcolm X

"[ Negro leaders] never let the white man know exactly what black people are thinking." ~ Malcolm X

"All of us were mischievous at some time or another, I more so than any of the rest. [My brother] Philbert and I kept a battle going. ... Even in our fighting, there was a feeling of brotherly union." ~ Malcolm X

"It isn't the American white man who is a racist, but it's the American political, economic and social atmosphere that automatically nourishes a racist psychology in the white man." ~ Malcolm X

"Just like Pharaoh couldn't get a solution to his problem until he talked to Moses, or Nebuchadnezzar or Belshazzar couldn't get a solution to his problem until he talked to Daniel, the white man in America today will never understand the race problem or come anywhere near getting a solution to the race problem until he talks to The Honorable Elijah Muhammad." ~ Malcolm X

"I feel like a man who has been asleep somewhat and under someone else's control. I feel that what I'm thinking and saying is now for myself. Before it was for and by the guidance of Elijah Muhammad. Now I think with my own mind, sir!" ~ Malcolm X

"The Messenger has seen God. He was with Allah and was given divine patience with the devil. He is willing to wait for Allah to deal with this devil. Well, sir, the rest of us Black Muslims have not seen God, we don't have this gift of divine patience with the devil. The younger Black Muslims want to see some action." ~ Malcolm X

"I was with Essien Udom in Nigeria." ~ Malcolm X

"They came up with a civil rights bill in 1964, supposedly to solve our problem, and after the bill was signed, three civil rights workers were murdered in cold blood. And the FBI head, Hoover, admits that they know who did it, they've known ever since it happened, and they've done nothing about it. Civil rights bill down the drain." ~ Malcolm X

"The same thing that Uncle Tom did on the plantation before [Abe] Lincoln issued the so-called Emancipation Proclamation.I have no thinking on the matter. But he's teaching the black people to suffer peacefully, patiently, until the white man makes up his mind that you're a human being the same as he." ~ Malcolm X

"We were truly all the same (brothers) - because their belief in one God had removed the white from their minds, the white from their behavior, and the white from their attitude." ~ Malcolm X

"Not a state within a state, but the Honorable Elijah Muhammad is, is saying that the black man, since the white man, has found it impossible to bring about integration, other than toke on a ta - other than on a token basis, and which proves that the, the two of us, the ex-slave and the master, can't live in the same house as equals." ~ Malcolm X

"It is only after slavery and prison that the sweetest appreciation of freedom can come." ~ Malcolm X

"I think that the problem of the American negro goes beyond the principle of any organization whether it's a religious, political, or otherwise." ~ Malcolm X

"History is not hatred." ~ Malcolm X

"I think you'll find also that if the negro ever realizes that he should begin to fight for real for his freedom, there are many whites who will fight on his side with him." ~ Malcolm X

"The white people who are guilty of white supremacy are trying to hide their own guilt by accusing The Honorable Elijah Muhammad of teaching black supremacy when he tries to uplift the mentality, the social, mental and economic condition of the black people in America." ~ Malcolm X

"I'm a field Negro. The masses are the field Negroes. When they see this man's house on fire, you don't hear these little Negroes talking about 'our government is in trouble'. They say, 'The government is in trouble.'" ~ Malcolm X

"As long as the factories are in the hands of the whites, the housing is in the hands of the whites, the school system is in the hands of the whites, you have a situation where the blacks are constantly begging the whites can they use this or can they use that. That's not any kind of equality of opportunity, nor does it lend toward one's dignity." ~ Malcolm X

"No president ever had more power than [Franklin Delano] Roosevelt." ~ Malcolm X

"[Black nationalism] is not designed to make the black man reevaluate the white man--you know him already--but to make the black man re-evaluate himself. Don't change the white man's mind; you can't change his mind. And that whole thing about appealing to the moral conscience of America--America's conscience is bankrupt." ~ Malcolm X

"Nonviolence is his, is his method. Well, my objective is the same as [Martin Luther] King's." ~ Malcolm X

"We may disagree on methods [with Martin Luther King], but we don't have to argue all day on methods." ~ Malcolm X

"I have read where Abraham Lincoln said he wasn't interested in freeing the slaves." ~ Malcolm X

"Segregation is that which is forced upon an inferior by a superior. Separation is done voluntarily by two equals." ~ Malcolm X

"Anytime there's a fire in a negro community and it's burning out of control, you send any one of them, send Whitney Young in to put it out." ~ Malcolm X

"The only way the two can have equal job opportunities is if black people have factories as, as well as white people have factories." ~ Malcolm X

"We cannot think of uniting with others, until after we have first united among ourselves... One can't unite bananas with scattered leaves." ~ Malcolm X

"Ten guards and the warden couldn't have torn me out of those books. Months passed without even thinking about being imprisoned....I had never been so truly free in my life." ~ Malcolm X

"Let's cool it brothers . . . Spoken to his assassins, three men who stabbed him 16 times." ~ Malcolm X

"Instead of the Negro leaders having the black man begging for a chance to - to dine in white restaurants, the Negro leader should be showing the black man how to do something to strengthen his own economy." ~ Malcolm X

“I believe that a psychological, cultural, and philosophical migration back to

"I believe that a psychological, cultural, and philosophical migration back to Africa will solve our problem." ~ Malcolm X

"If Christianity had asserted itself in Germany, six million Jews would have lived." ~ Malcolm X

"I believe in recognizing every human being as a human being - neither white, black, brown, or red." ~ Malcolm X

"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." ~ Malcolm X

"That morning was when I first began to reappraise the 'white man.' It was when I first began to perceive that 'white man,' as commonly used, means complexion only secondarily; primarily it described attitudes and actions." ~ Malcolm X

"You can't legislate good will - that comes through education." ~ Malcolm X

“My alma mater was books, a good library.”

"My alma mater was books, a good library." ~ Malcolm X

"Internal differences within the Nation of Islam forced me out of it. I did not leave of my own free will. But now that it has happened, I intend to make the most of it. Now that I have more independence of action, I intend to use a more flexible approach toward working with others to get a solution to this problem." ~ Malcolm X

"There were always more Negroes in the field than there was Negroes in the house. The Negro in the field caught hell. He ate leftovers. In the house they ate high up on the hog. The Negro in the field didn't get nothing but what was left of the insides of the hog. They call 'em "chitt'lin'" nowadays. In those days they called them what they were: guts. That's what you were -- a gut-eater. And some of you all still gut-eaters." ~ Malcolm X

"Uncle Sam is forcing integration only because he's trying to impress the people of - abroad that he's morally qualified to be the leader of the world." ~ Malcolm X

"Now the white man's time is over. Tokenism will not help him, and it will doom us. Complete separation will save us - and who knows, it might make God decide to give the white devil a few more years." ~ Malcolm X

"In Harlem, for instance, all of the stores are owned by white people, all of the buildings are owned by white people. The black people are just there - paying rent, buying the groceries; but they don't own the stores, clothing stores, food stores, any kind of stores; don't even own the homes that they live in. They are all owned by outsiders, and for these run-down apartment dwellings, the black man in Harlem pays more money than the man down in the rich Park Avenue section." ~ Malcolm X

"Well, the white race in America is the same way. As individuals it is impossible for them to escape the collective crime committed against the Negroes in this country, collectively." ~ Malcolm X

"Ralph Bunche, who is an internationally recognized and respected diplomat, can't stay in a hotel in Georgia, which means that no matter what the accomplishment, the intellectual, the academic, or professional level of a negro is, collectively he stands condemned." ~ Malcolm X

"In America you have the mouse now trying to sit down on the elephant, thinking that he's going somewhere. And it's - and it's absurd." ~ Malcolm X

"It's almost impossible to separate the actions, or it's also, it's almost impossible to separate the oppression and exploitation, criminal oppression and criminal exploitation of the American negro from the color of the skin of the person who is the oppressor or the exploiter." ~ Malcolm X

"Always that "if" was there, which meant that the one who was doomed could avoid the doom if he would change his way of behaving." ~ Malcolm X

"If the government can't get the black man justice, then it's time for the black man to get some justice for himself." ~ Malcolm X

"The young whites, and blacks, too, are the only hope that America has, the rest of us have always been living in a lie." ~ Malcolm X

"Since Western society is deteriorating, it has become overrun with immorality, and God is going to judge it, and destroy it. And the only way the black people caught up in this society can be saved is not to integrate into this corrupt society, but to separate from it, to a land of our own, where we can reform ourselves, lift up our moral standards and try to be godly." ~ Malcolm X

"I was in prison and I was an atheist. I didn't believe in anything." ~ Malcolm X

"Whereas the only real solution to the race problem in this country is a solution that involves individual self improvement and collective self improvement in, whereas our own, wherein our own people are concerned." ~ Malcolm X

"Most of the, or I should say many of the negro leaders actually suffer themselves from an inferiority complex even though they say they don't." ~ Malcolm X

"If the so-called 'Christianity' now being practiced in America displays the best that world Christianity has left to offer - no one in his right mind should need any much greater proof that very close at hand is the end of Christianity." ~ Malcolm X

"Those who stay here can help those who go back, and those who go back can help those who stay here in the same way that when Jews go to Israel, the Jews in America help those in Israel and the Jews in Israel help those in America." ~ Malcolm X

"I believe in Islam. I am a Muslim and there is nothing wrong with being a Muslim, nothing wrong with the religion of Islam. It just teaches us to believe in Allah as the God." ~ Malcolm X

“Most of those Negroes have been given those jobs by the white political machine

"Most of those Negroes have been given those jobs by the white political machine, and they serve no other function other than to, as window dressing." ~ Malcolm X

"When you have to pass a law to make a man let me have a house, or you have to pass a law to make a man let me go to school, or you have to pass a law to make a man let me walk down the street, you have to enforce that law and you'd have to be living actually in a police state. It would take a police state in this country." ~ Malcolm X

"All of the civil rights problems during the past years have created a situation where America right now is moving toward a police state. You can't have anything otherwise. So that's your supposition." ~ Malcolm X

"When the snakes out in that field begin to realize that if one of their members get out of line, it's going to be detrimental to all of them, they'll keep that, perhaps they'll then take the necessary steps to keep their fellow snakes away from my chickens or away from my children if the responsibility is placed upon them." ~ Malcolm X

"The Honorable Elijah Muhammad says that if the - what should happen is the black man himself should learn how to develop himself, in the same sense that the white man has developed himself. Then they can both come together and recognize each other as equals." ~ Malcolm X

"Until the white man in America sits down and talks with The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, he won't even know what the race problem - what makes the race problem what it is." ~ Malcolm X

"Moses tried to separate his people from Pharaoh, and when he tried, the magicians tried to fool the people into staying with the Pharaoh, and we look upon these other organizations that are trying to get Negroes to integrate with this doomed white man as nothing but modern-day magicians, and The Honorable Elijah Muhammad is a modern-day Moses trying to separate us from the modern-day Pharaoh." ~ Malcolm X

"You don't do anything to further your stay aboard a ship that you see is going to go down to the bottom of the ocean." ~ Malcolm X

"I believe when a negro church is bombed, that a white church should be bombed." ~ Malcolm X

"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." ~ Malcolm X

"Once negro community recognize it as such, they can adopt the same measures against the community that harbors the criminals who are responsible for this activity." ~ Malcolm X