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a man with a message they don't want you to hear

December 3, 1964 - Malcolm X debates at the Oxford University Union, England (real audio)
The debate was televised to an audience of millions by the British Broadcasting Corporation. The proposition under debate was Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue, a statement made by Barry Goldwater in his 1964 speech accepting the Republican Party nomination for president of the United States.

Malcolm X was the fifth of six speakers, and the second of three who defended the above proposition.
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The audience, which included many students originally from Africa and Asia, greeted Malcolm's remarks with enthusiastic applause.
Two months later, 'they' killed him.

But, there he was in 1964 - a black Muslim man, in a time of overt racism, speaking before a predominately white audience, yet receiving a vigorous round of applause notwithstanding his fiery, revolutionary message.

He had discovered the key to our power, that is at once the secret to 'their' success.

As long as Malcolm was part of the black nationalist movement - essentially a domestic hate club - he was ineffective - nothing but a fly in 'their' soup; a mild nuisance to be dealt with through humor and dismissed out of hand.

But, when he traveled abroad and learned to identify with ALL human beings - no matter what color, or religion - making analogies and drawing parallels between conditions abroad and conditions at home; when his message became UNIVERSAL, he became an existential threat that had to be eliminated.

He finally understood their tricks, their trade - their whole kettle of lies and deceptions that for decades had kept people of simple means - of all races and religions - down, unable to fend for themselves or emerge from their squalid conditions.

Divide, Divide, Divide, and Conquer - they did it then and they do it now.

Who are 'they?'

They are those who see themselves as more deserving than any other of the fruits of this planet that we all inhabit, such that they are ready to lie, cheat and even kill to ensure that they get it. But, by far, their most effective and preferred mechanism of control is deception.

They trick us into accepting our fate by filling our minds with twisted logic - Up is Down, Right is Wrong, and before you know it, what's rightfully ours becomes legally theirs and we're extremists if we're willing to fight to get it back.

Malcolm may not have convinced his audience in 1964 , but he was and continues to be RIGHT.

Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice and moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue.

Those unwilling to risk their lives for liberty and justice, will never know either liberty or justice because, throughout history, never has an oppressor relinquished his power or control over another without being forced.
"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, two days before he was assassinated
BROTHERHOOD and the will to fight for it is the only thing that can save our world.


At Thursday, September 28, 2006, Blogger Muhammad said...

Omg, that is the best analysis of what happened to malcolm I have read yet. It does kind of tie in with the US as a War economy. Thriving on conflict.. removing conflict is the only enemy.

Great Job - I'm posting this up on my blog :)



At Thursday, September 28, 2006, Blogger Stern Gang said...

When liberty is labelled individualism and happiness is sold as the pursuit to go to Circuit City (TM) at the weekend -all of us factored into ever more complex subdivision Demographic democracy Our political will and representation filtered through target groups - don't forget to pick that sale item at Target (TM) When freedom is framed as freelance and If you don't agree then you must be a freak

I'm busy trying to feed my... oh wait, or maybe that was the feed

Join the Club in any capacity
Or get clubbed

Well ... Look in the mirror and tell me if you don't see me? Look again and this time take the blindfold off.

Only difference between us and them is that a professional class with entrenched institutions revisit the story each generation as mere review so the conclusion is already known it was written and so it shall be repeated.

The next time you hate don't blame fate nor even the state
Blue eye, cross eye, slant eye black eye peas Conk her divide bonafide

At Saturday, September 30, 2006, Blogger Michael Price said...

Qrswave, I like all your posts, but this is an especially enlightening one.
We - by "we" that I mean all decent, ordinary people of all races - need a leader like Malcolm X today.

At Sunday, May 20, 2007, Blogger Villager said...

Malcolm X was born on May 19, 1925. This weekend we celebrate what would have been his 82nd birthday. Please join us on the Electronic Village and share your thoughts on this African American hero. Let your voice be heard. peace, Villager


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