Black. Muslim. Teapartier?
In honor of President’s Day, I’d thought I would, well never mind. Today marks the 46th anniversary of Malcolm X‘s assassination. So, I thought I would share some quotes from my reading from this week’s Monastic Monday, in By Any Means Necessary; Speeches, Interviews, and a letter by Malcolm X.
As I was quoting Malcolm en mass on Twitter today, I noticed that his rhetoric (apart from his collectivist economics) echoed that of a Tea Partier, especially on the 2nd Amendment. No, I am not suggesting Malcolm would be a part of an astro-turf movement funded by Newt Gingrich, the Koch Brothers, or Dick Armey. I think he would also not participate in the political mechanisms sponsored by Arianna Huffington or George Soros either, and with good reason. Without further ado, Malcolm X quotes, and my commentary.
white people are intelligent enough to know that the [race] problem will never be solved in Washington DC-Malcolm X
Like the Tea Party, which blames every problem that the US has on Washington, DC (Congress, President, SCOTUS), Malcolm is suspicious of the federal government (when it comes to race relations). Instead (unlike a conservative) he suggested that the Negro appeal to the United Nations. This brand of thinking globally is what I think is needed in this day and age. Quite provocative, and as I think about it more and more, he was right: it was a human rights issue, not just a domestic civil rights struggle.
I believe in human beings, and that all humans beings should be respected as such regardless of their color.- Malcolm X
It seems as if Malcolm X, while desiring a form of racial segregation for racial upliftment, still desired to see a color-blind society. Hmmmmmmmmm, I think color blindness is typical of the conservative movement.
As long as the black community and the leaders of the black community are afraid of criticism, collective criticism, as a stereotype no one will ever be able to pull our coat.
The same I believe can be said today. Since I have made it my practice to be less critical of black culture for the time being, I’ll let the quote stand on its own, but note that black conservatives do seem themselves as a critique of the black progressive hegemonic discourse.
Registering is all right. That only means ‘load your gun.’ Just because you load it doesnt mean you have to shoot it. You wait until you get a target and make certain you are in a position to put that thing up next to the target, and then you pull the trigger. And just as you dont waste bullets at a target that’s out of reach, you dont throw ballots just to be throwing ballots
Um Sarah Palin anyone? Don’t retreat, reload! Yeah, and we think that political conversations are uncivil. Puleeeze!
Number one. I don’t know too much about Karl Marx.
And neither do the Tea Partiers even though they bring up his name.
Any Negro who registers as a Democrat or a Republican is a traitor to his own people. […] We are going to encourage our people to register as independent voters.
The black man in this country is within his constitutional rights to have a rifle. The white man is too. The Constitution gives you the right to have a rifle or a shotgun.
Hello, second amendment solutions, anyone?
And last and certainly my favorite:
we can see where Christianity has failed us 100 percent. They teach us to turn the other cheek, but they don’t turn it.
Speaks for itself. Look at the Defense budget.
- Malcolm X: A Fearless Leader (npr.org)
- Malcolm X Family Feud Comes to a Head (theroot.com)
- Malcolm X trove hidden during family feud (thegrio.com)
- Malcolm X’s Daughters Speak Out on Assassination Anniversary (theroot.com)