Saturday, June 5, 2010

Why do anti-racists claim Malcolm X as one of their own? & misc.

Okay, I know the answer: Because he was great.

But when he was Malcolm X, he would've looked at profit-making whites like Tim Wise and well-off whites like Peggy McIntosh and said the movement is too white. When he became El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, he would've seen there was no concern for Islam or socialism and said the movement is too capitalist.

He would've said it better, of course. His thoughts were more complex when he became El-Hajj Maik El-Shabazz, so I hesitate to guess what his words might've been. But when he was Malcolm X, he had no use for integrationists. He might've looked at all the rich and upper-class people driving neoliberal anti-racism, and noticed how very racially diverse George Bush's cabinet was, and concluded it's an alliance of white masters and house niggers.

If you think that's harsh, have some quotes:
"And if you came to the house Negro and said, "Let's run away, let's escape, let's separate," the house Negro would look at you and say, "Man, you crazy. What you mean, separate? Where is there a better house than this? Where can I wear better clothes than this? Where can I eat better food than this?" That was that house Negro. In those days he was called a "house nigger." And that's what we call them today, because we've still got some house niggers running around here."
"You're nothing but a house Negro. And if someone comes to you right now and says, "Let's separate," you say the same thing that the house Negro said on the plantation. "What you mean, separate? From America, this good white man? Where you going to get a better job than you get here?" I mean, this is what you say. "I ain't left nothing in Africa," that's what you say. Why, you left your mind in Africa."
"On that same plantation, there was the field Negro. The field Negroes — those were the masses. There were always more Negroes in the field than there were Negroes in the house. The Negro in the field caught hell. He ate leftovers. In the house they ate high up on the hog. The Negro in the field didn't get anything but what was left of the insides of the hog."
Malik El-Shabazz had a broader vision than Malcolm X. Here's what he said two days before he was killed: "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."

misc:

Something I found when wondering what Malcolm X might've said: "I was gone on debating": Malcolm X's prison debates and public confrontations | Argumentation and Advocacy | Find Articles at BNET: "Perhaps the most extraordinary aspect of Malcolm X's participation in prison debate is that such a program existed at all. Malcolm X's prison debating experience occurred during a relatively brief period in the history of American penology in which rehabilitation was widely accepted as the goal of imprisonment, prisoner education was viewed as the best means by which to promote rehabilitation, and training in speech and debate was understood to be fundamental to prisoner education."

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