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The American Negro never can be blamed for his racial animosities – he is only reacting to 400 years of the conscious racism of the American whites.

–Malcolm X

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It’s a crime, the lie that has been told to generations of black men and white men both. Little innocent black children, born of parents who believed that their race had no history. Little black children seeing, before they could talk, that their parents considered themselves inferior. Innocent black children growing up, living out their lives, dying of old age-and all of their lives ashamed of being black. But the truth is pouring out of the bag now.

–Malcom X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

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If we’re going to talk police brutality, it’s because police brutality exists. Why does it exist? Because our people in this particular society live in a police state. A black man in America lives in a police state. He doesn’t live in any democracy, he lives in a police state. That’s what it is, that’s what Harlem is.

Malcolm X 
May 29, 1964, NYC

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They attack the victim, and then the criminal who attacked the victim accuses the victim of attacking him. This is American justice. This is American democracy and those of you who are familiar with it know that in America democracy is hypocrisy. Now, if I’m wrong, put me in jail; but if you can’t prove that democracy is not hypocrisy, then don’t put your hands on me.

–Malcolm X

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You preach one thing and practice another thing. You say that this is the land of equality, and 20 million of your black citizens, so-called citizens, don’t have equality. You say that this is the land of freedom, and 20 million black people here don’t have freedom. You say that this is the land of justice, and 20 million black people here don’t have justice.

And the government, from the supreme court, the senate, and the congress, and the president, on up or down combined is not able to bring about any change in the attitude of white America toward black America.

–Malcolm X, in a debate with Bayard Rustin

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[As] long as the white man sent you to Korea, you bled. He sent you to Germany, you bled. He sent you to the South Pacific to fight the Japanese, you bled. You bleed for white people. But when it comes time to seeing your own churches being bombed and little black girls be murdered, you haven’t got no blood. You bleed when the white man says bleed; you bite when the white man says bite; and you bark when the white man says bark. I hate to say this about us, but it’s true. How are you going to be nonviolent in Mississippi, as violent as you were in Korea? How can you justify being nonviolent in Mississippi and Alabama, when your churches are being bombed, and your little girls are being murdered, and at the same time you’re going to violent with Hitler, and Tojo, and somebody else that you don’t even know?

If violence is wrong in America, violence is wrong abroad. If it’s wrong to be violent defending black women and black children and black babies and black men, then it’s wrong for America to draft us and make us violent abroad in defense of her. And if it is right for America to draft us, and teach us how to be violent in defense of her, then it is right for you and me to do whatever is necessary to defend our own people right here in this country.

–Malcolm X, “Message to Grassroots” speech, 1963

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