The events of that momentous day represent a culmination of a life devoted to the relentless struggle for justice and an unwavering devotion to the pursuit of truth.
Malcolm X, Alex Haley Taken from Playboy Magazine, May, Within the past five years, the militant American Negro has become an increasingly active combatant in the struggle for civil rights. Espousing the goals of unqualified equality and integration, many of these outspoken insurgents have participated in freedom rides and protest marches against their segregationist foes.
Today, they face opposition from not one, but two inimical exponents of racism and segregation: A relatively unknown and insignificant radical religious Negro cult until a few years ago, the Muslims have grown into a dedicated, disciplined nationwide movement which runs its own school, publishes its own newspaper, owns stores and restaurants in four major cities, buys broadcast time on 50 radio stations throughout the country, stages mass rallies attended by partisan crowds of 10, and more, and maintains its own police force of judo-trained athletes called the Fruit of Islam.
Predicated on the proposition that the black man is morally, spiritually and intellectually superior to the white man, who is called a "devil," Muslim doctrine dooms him to extermination in an imminent Armageddon--along with Christianity itself, which is denounced as an opiate designed to lull Negroes--with the promise of heaven--into passive acceptance of inferior social status.
In the belief that knowledge and awareness are necessary and effective antitoxins against the venom of hate, PLAYBOY asked Malcolm X to submit to a cross-examination on the means and ends of his organization.
The ensuing interview was conducted at a secluded table in a Harlem restaurant owned by the Muslims. Many will be shocked by what he has to say; others will be outraged. Our own view is that this interview is both an eloquent statement and a damning self-indictment of one noxious facet of rampant racism.
As such, we believe it merits publication--and reading. What is the ambition of the Black Muslims? Freedom, justice and equality are our principal ambitions. And to faithfully serve and follow the Honorable Elijah Muhammad is the guiding goal of every Muslim.
Muhammad teaches us the knowledge of our own selves, and of our own people. He cleans us up--morally, mentally and spiritually--and he reforms us of the vices that have blinded us here in the Western society. He stops black men from getting drunk, stops their dope addiction if they had it, stops nicotine, gambling, stealing, lying, cheating, fornication, adultery, prostitution, juvenile delinquency.
I think of this whenever somebody talks about someone investigating us. Why investigate the Honorable Elijah Muhammad? They should subsidize him. Muhammad teaches us love for our own kind. The white man has taught the black people in this country to hate themselves as inferior, to hate each other, to be divided against each other.
Messenger Muhammad restores our love for our own kind, which enables us to work together in unity and harmony. He shows us how to pool our financial resources and our talents, then to work together toward a common objective. Among other things, we have small businesses in most major cities in this country, and we want to create many more.
We are taught by Mr. But to do this, we must have land of our own. The brainwashed black man can never learn to stand on his own two feet until he is on his own. We must learn to become our own producers, manufacturers and traders; we must have industry of our own, to employ our own.
The white man resists this because he wants to keep the black man under his thumb and jurisdiction in white society. He wants to keep the black man always dependent and begging--for jobs, food, clothes, shelter, education.
He wants to keep the black man where he can be watched and retarded. Muhammad teaches that as soon as we separate from the white man, we will learn that we can do without the white man just as he can do without us.
Well, you might consider some things practical that are really impractical. But this does not mean we agree with them in their doctrines of estrangement or with their proposed resolutions of the race problem.
And if so, is it possible that your separationist and anti-Christian doctrines have the effect of alienating many of your own race? Sir, you make a mistake listening to people who tell you how much our stand alienates black men in this country.
There are 20, dormant Muslims in America.
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The Honorable Elijah Muhammad says that a black man is born a Muslim by nature. There are millions of Muslims not aware of it now. The black man has survived in this country by fooling the white man. A fine car and house and clothes and liquor have made a lot think themselves different from their poor black brothers.
Muhammad says that Allah is going to wake up all black men to see the white man as he really is, and see what Christianity has done to them. Muhammad is teaching that Christianity, as white people see it, means that whites can have their heaven here on earth, but the black man is supposed to catch his hell here.
Intelligent black men today are interested in a religious doctrine that offers a solution to their problems right now, right here on this earth, while they are alive. You must understand that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad represents the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy to us.Malcolm X was a prominent figure during the Civil Rights era.
Offering an alternative view to the mainstream Civil Rights movement, Malcolm X advocated for both the establishment of a separate black community (rather than integration) and the use of violence in self-defense (rather than non-violence). Malcolm X- Civil Rights Movement God's Judgment of White America speech American History ABC-CLIO "The Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us that the race problem can easily be solved, just by sending these twenty-two million ex-slaves back to our own homeland where we can live in peace and harmony with our own kind.
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Today, May 19, marks what would've been Malcolm X's 92nd birthday. It also marks an appropriate time in the history of Black America to think about the.
The Playboy Interview Malcolm X, Alex Haley. Taken from Playboy Magazine, May, Within the past five years, the militant American Negro has become an increasingly active combatant in the struggle for civil rights.
When most Americans think of the Civil Rights Movement, they have in mind a span of time beginning with the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which outlawed segregated education, or the Montgomery Bus Boycott and culminated in the late s or early s.