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  1. 1. March, 2011 UpdatedRBGBlakademicsMinisterMalcolm X RBG-The Legacy of Malcolm X andStudies Our Tradition of Black Radicalism-ICEBREAKER The Interactive PowerPoint PresentationPortal RBG Minister Malcolm X Studies Collection The Complete Malcolm X Speeches / Video Grid The Autobiography of Malcolm X / e-Book 4Download Click for Full Size Poster Download "Whether you are a Christian, or a Muslim, or a Nationalist, we all have the same problem. They dont hang you because youre a Baptist; they hang you cause youre black. They dont attack me because Im a Muslim; they attack me cause Im black. They attack all of us for the same reason; all of us catch hell from the same enemy. Were all in the same bag, in the same boat. We suffer political oppression, economic exploitation, and social degradation -- all of them from the same enemy. The government has failed us; you cant deny that. Anytime you live in the twentieth century, 1964, Play the Video and you walkin around here singing "We Shall Overcome", the government has failed us. This is part of whats wrong with you -- you do too much singing. Today its time to stop singing and start swinging. You cant sing up on freedom, but you can swing up on some freedom. Cassius Clay can sing, but singing didnt help him to become the heavyweight champion of the world; swinging helped him become the heavyweight champion. This government has failed us; the government itself has failed us, and the white liberals who have been posing as our friends have failed us. And once we see that all these other sources to which weve turned have failed, we stop turning to them and turn to ourselves. We need a self-help program, a do-it-yourself philosophy, a do-it-right-now philosophy, a its- already-too-late philosophy. This is what you and I need to get with, and the only time -- the only way were going to solve our problem is with a self-help program. Before we can get a self-help program started we have to have a self-help philosophy. Black Nationalism is a self-help philosophy. Whats so good about it? You can stay right in the church where you are and still take Black Nationalism as your philosophy. You can stay in any kind of civic organization that you belong to and still take Black RBG Blakademics Minister Malcolm X Studies Portal Page 1
  2. 2. March, 2011 UpdatedNationalism as your philosophy. You can be an atheist and still take black nationalism as your philosophy.This is a philosophy that eliminates the necessity for division and argument. Cause if youre black youshould be thinking black, and if you are black and youre not thinking black at this late date, well Im sorryfor you! Once you change your philosophy, you change your thought pattern. Once you change yourthought pattern, you change your attitude. Once you change your attitude, it changes your behaviorpattern and then you go on into some action. As long as you got a sit-down philosophy, youll have a sit-down thought pattern, and as long as you think that old sit-down thought youll be in some kind of sit-down action. Theyll have you sitting in everywhere. Its not so good to refer to what youre going to do asa "sit-in." That right there castrates you. Right there it brings you down. What -- What goes with it? What -- Think of the image of someone sitting. An old woman can sit. An old man can sit. A chump can sit. Acoward can sit. Anything can sit. Well you and I been sitting long enough, and its time today for us to startdoing some standing, andsome fighting to back thatup." - Malcolm X, 1963 Click for Full Size Poster Download More X-large graphics on RBG Facebook Public Click for Full Size Poster Download RBG Blakademics Minister Malcolm X Studies Portal Page 2
  3. 3. March, 2011 Updated RBG- Malcolm X On The Black Revolution vs The Negro Revolution"Sometimes Im inclined tobelieve that many of ourpeople are using this word"revolution" loosely, withouttaking careful consideration ofwhat this word actuallymeans, and what its historiccharacteristics are. When youstudy the historic nature ofrevolutions, the motive of arevolution, the objective of arevolution, the result of arevolution, and the methodsused in a revolution, you maychange words. You maydevise another program, youmay change your goal andyou may change your mind. Play the VideoLook at the AmericanRevolution in 1776. Thatrevolution was for what? Forland. Why did they want land? Independence. How was it carried out? Bloodshed. Number one, it wasbased on land, the basis of independence. And the only way they could get it was bloodshed. The FrenchRevolution...what was it based on? The landless against the landlord. What was it for? Land. How didthey get it? Bloodshed. Was no love lost, was no compromise, was no negotiation. Im telling you...youdont know what a revolution is. Because when you find out what it is, youll get back in the alley, youll getout of the way. The Russian Revolution...what was it based on? Land; the landless against the landlord.How did they bring it about? Bloodshed. You havent got a revolution that doesnt involve bloodshed. Andyoure afraid to bleed. I said, youre afraid to bleed.As long as the white man sent you to Korea, you bled. He sent you to Germany, you bled. He sent you tothe South Pacific to fight the Japanese, you bled. You bleed for white people, but when it comes to seeingyour own churches being bombed and little black girls murdered, you havent got no blood. You bleedwhen the white man says bleed; you bite when the white man says bite; and you bark when the whiteman says bark.I hate to say this about us, but its true. How are you going to be nonviolent in Mississippi, as violent asyou were in Korea? How can you justify being nonviolent in Mississippi and Alabama, when yourchurches are being bombed, and your little girls are being murdered, and at the same time you are goingto get violent with Hitler, and Tojo, and somebody else you dont even know?If violence is wrong in America, violence is wrong abroad. If it is wrong to be violent defending blackwomen and black children and black babies and black men, then it is wrong for America to draft us andmake us violent abroad in defense of her. And if it is right for America to draft us, and teach us how to beviolent in defense of her, then it is right for you and me to do whatever is necessary to defend our ownpeople right here in this country." RBG Blakademics Minister Malcolm X Studies Portal Page 3
  4. 4. March, 2011 Updated The Legacy of Malcolm X and Our Tradition of Black Radicalism-An Interactive PowerPoint PresentationRBG Blakademics Minister Malcolm X Studies Portal Page 4