Malcolm X was assassinated on February 21, 1965

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imagesUnder our Series: Today in History, we remembered the assassination of Malcolm X and one of our readers, Thami, remarked about the importance of Malcolm X’s messages even today. Thanks Thami, you’re the inspiration for this article.

I thought we could look at some of those messages.

(1) On Adversity

“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time.”

(2) On Racial Pride

“A race of people is like an individual man; until it uses its own talent, takes pride in its own history, expresses its own culture, affirms its own selfhood, it can never fulfill itself.”

(3) On Education

“Without education, you’re not going anywhere in this world.”

(4) On Freedom

“You don’t have to be a man to fight for freedom. All you have to do is to be an intelligent human being.”

(5) On Wanting Freedom

“When a person places the proper value on freedom, there is nothing under the sun that he will not do to acquire that freedom. Whenever you hear a man saying he wants freedom, but in the next breath he is going to tell you what he won’t do to get it, or what he doesn’t believe in doing in order to get it, he doesn’t believe in freedom. A man who believes in freedom will do anything under the sun to acquire … or preserve his freedom.”

(6) On Racism

“I am not a racist. I am against every form of racism and segregation, every form of discrimination. I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color.”

(7) On Freedom and Peace

“You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.”

(8) On Islam

“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. That’s a good religion.”

(9) On Violence

“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.”

 

1 Comment on "Malcolm X was assassinated on February 21, 1965"

  1. “Indtead of changing the mind of the white man, we change the mind of the black man and make him accept himself.And soon as he accepts himself, he’ll accepts himself,he’ll solve his own problems”

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