Friday, October 29, 2010

Malcolm X on women

I've been checking out the evolution of Malcolm X's opinion of women after seeing Ta-Nehisi Coates quote some of his earlier thoughts. The latest I've found so far is this, from late in 1964, after he left NOI:

"I'm saying this: That it's noticeable that in these type of societies where they put the woman in a closet and discourage her from getting a sufficient education and don't give her the incentive by allowing her maximum participation in whatever area of the society where she's qualified, they kill her incentive. And killing her incentive, she kills the incentive in her children. And the man himself has no competition so he doesn't develop to his fullest potential." — El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X)