Malcolm X

You are out of your mind if you think that this government is ever going to back you and me up in the same ways it backed other up.   They will never do it. It is not in them.

As an example take the Chinese.  You asked me about red China. The Chinese used to be disrespected.   They used to use that expression in this country: “you don’t have a Chinaman’s chance”.  You remember that?  You don’t hear it lately (After China regained its positive sovereignty in 1949 and reclaimed and got a veto right in the United Nation security council).  Because a Chinaman’s got more chance than they have now.  Why?  Because China is strong!  Since China became strong and independent, she is respected, she is recognized.  So wherever a Chinese go, he is respected and he is recognized.  He is not respected and recognized because what he as an individual has done; he is recognized and respected because he has a country behind him a continent behind him.  He has some power behind him.  They don’t respect him; they respect what’s behind him.

By the same token, when the African continent in its independence is able to create the unity that’s necessary to increase its strength and its position on this earth, so that Africa too become respected as other huge continents are respected, then wherever people of African origin, African heritage or African blood go they will be respected-but only when and because they have something much larger that looks like them behind them. With that behind you, you will get respect.  Without it behind you, you can do almost anything under the sun, in this society- pass any kind of law Washington can think of- and you and I will still be trying to get them to enforce that law.  We will be like that Chinaman, (about whom) they used to say, “He does not have the chance of a Chinaman”.  Now you don’t have a Negro’s chance. But with Africa getting its independence (By Independence Malcolm X means achieving Positive Sovereignty meaning the capacity to choose its policies and implement them with or without the approval of others) you and I will have more of a chance.  I believe in that 100%.

Malcolm X

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