“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.” -Malcolm X
Dick Gregory discusses: The effect carrying lead bullets has on police officers, college football games & professional athletics, why Magic Johnson stopped playing basketball, the “love” of athletes and entertainers, the Million Man March, the assassination of Malcolm X, Trayvon Martin, and the purpose of the Rodney King riots.
“America is such a paradoxical society, hypocritically paradoxical, that if you don’t have some humor, you’ll crack up.” -Malcolm X
“Malcolm was led to his position by his vast knowledge of Black history in the United States. He constantly reminded us that the highly praised U.S. Constitution not only did not recognize human rights of Black people; it did not even acknowledge our ancestors as full human beings. To placate southern enslavers concerned about their representation in the House of Representatives, the “freedom loving” Christian founding fathers decided that each African would be counted as three-fifths of a person. Is there any other written constitution in world history that described some of its residents as three-fifths of a person? ‘With that as a beginning,’ said Ma, ‘it’s no wonder that the federal government for over two hundred years had no qualms about failing to protect the human rights of our people. To make a strong case at the United Nations, all Malcolm had to do was cite the three-fifths in the Constitution and list all the documented occasions, from enslavement to lynchings to Jim Crow laws, that the federal government failed to protect our human rights. There was no need to distort or magnify that history.’
Traditional civil-rights leaders knew that history as well as Malcolm did. ‘However, they also knew the history of what happened to Black leaders who spoke forcefully on foreign affairs,’ said Ma. ‘Marcus Garvey, whose slogan, ‘Africa for Africans,’ deeply disturbed the colonialists, was jailed, then deported; Paul Robeson was flagrantly harassed and denied a passport for travel; W.E.B. Du Bois, who attended most of the early Pan-African conferences, was flagrantly harassed and also denied traveling rights. He eventually decided to live permanently in Ghana. Later, five years after Malcolm was assassinated, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated when he spoke the truth about the Vietnam War.'”
“How long? Not long. Martin and Malcolm knew they didn’t have much time. In Benjamin Mays’ famous poem he illuminates how time is fleeting: ’60 seconds in a minute, a lifetime depends on it.’ In the average lifespan of 70 years, people will spend 23 years sleeping, 16 years working, 8 years watching television, 6 years eating, 6 years commuting, 4 1/2 years for leisure, 4 years ill, 2 years dressing, and 6 months involved in religion.
Martin and Malcolm knew they wouldn’t have 70 years. They were hoping they could get more than 60 seconds in a minute. Malcolm spent from 1925 to 1938 being a good student. From 1938 to 1946, he was separated from his family and became a hustler. He was incarcerated from 1946 to 1952 and became Malcolm X. He only had 13 years from 1952 to 1965 to share his brilliance with his people.
How long? Not long. Sixty seconds in a minute Martin Luther King knew he didn’t have much time. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School at 15, Morehouse College at 19, Crozier with a master degree at 22, Boston University with a doctorate at 26, and died at 39. Thirteen years to try to save the world. It is not how long you live, but what you do while you are alive.” -From, “Sankofa: Stories of Power, Hope, and Joy” By: Jawanza Kunjufu
“Power in defense of freedom is greater than power in behalf of tyranny and oppression.” -Malcolm X
“Malcolm was courted by high officials…He met Heads of States, and top world leaders. Malcolm was treated as a Statesman and important leader. The Arab Islamic leaders embraced him enthusiastically. The very people who had vast resources of oil were giving Malcolm X special attention, and police escorts. The implications of all this, with a person with the drive and ambitions of Malcolm X, of how he’d have made use of this, are simply enormous and staggering. Malcolm X literally had the chance to change world history!” -From, “The Revenge Of Malcolm X” By: Don Steele