Malcolm X is remembered as perhaps one of the greatest and one of the most influential African-American men.
Malcolm X brought to light important political issues around Race, Capitalism, and Politics that many people today still have not made connections with. He called out the inherent connections between Capitalism and Racism. He talked about how the Democrats were no more useful to People of Color than Republicans.
While the blame for his assassination is still up in the air to some extent, between the folks who actually served prison time, local drug dealers, local cops, CIA/FBI, or just COINTELPRO actions in general, the bottom line is that a dynamic and influential Black man was murdered for his beliefs and his activism.
Malcolm X deserves to be remembered and honored for all of the work he put in around issues including race in America and the world.
Take a minute today to think about Malcolm and maybe use that opportunity to reflect on racism and privilege in America and your community today.
Malcolm’s ability to call it as he see it was remarkable. He said; “it’s impossible for a white person today to believe in capitalism and not believe in racism” adding that “you can’t have capitalism without racism.”
Malcolm X was all about Direct Action and organizing to make the world more just. And he wasn’t scared to suggest that violence might be an effective and necessary tactic. He said:
“…. It is a duty, it is your and my duty, as men, as human beings, it’s our duty to our people, to organize ourselves. Let the government know if they don’t stop that Klan, we’ll stop it ourselves. Then you’ll see the government start doing something about it. But don’t ever think they are going to do it on some morality basis, no. So I don’t believe in violence, that’s why I want to stop it.”
He also spoke on the issue of Police Brutality. So powerful.
“This black man was shot through the heart by Police men in Los Angeles, California, and they are dumb enough to think we have forgotten it. Well, a Muslim never forgets. You don’t kill our brother! We don’t never forget! You don’t shoot one of us and then grin in our face. You don’t shoot one of us and then shake our hands and think we’d forget it. No, we never forget, we’ll never forget! Someone has to pay. Somewhere, somehow, someone has to pay. When a snake bites your children, you don’t go and look for the snake that has blood on it’s jaws, any old snake will do. Any old snake will do! …. I’m telling you, the only way you get justice is in the street. The only way you get justice is in the sidewalk. The only way you get justice is when you make justice for yourself.”
These are issues we STILL face today. These are issues we STILL have to fight on. These are issues we STILL have to take accountability for.
We don’t have to rebuild the wheel every time though. There were smart people before us with brilliant analysis of the problems and potential solutions. Malcolm X is one of those people. Honor Malcolm X and others like him by standing up to racism, to capitalism, to White Privilege. Call it like you see it. Don’t believe the lies coming from any politician, Black, White, Democrat or Republic. Find justice, make justice, force justice. No one is going to give us what we need because we ask nicely.
Never Forget Malcolm X. Never Forget all of our comrades who have been murdered and assassinated because of their ideas, convictions, and beliefs.