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Quotes of the day: Malcolm X
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Published Friday, February 20, 2015 @ 9:49 AM EST
Feb 20 2015

Malcolm X (May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965), born Malcolm Little and also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, was an African-American Muslim minister and a human rights activist. To his admirers he was a courageous advocate for the rights of blacks, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans; detractors accused him of preaching racism and violence. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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A ballot is like a bullet. You don’t throw your ballots until you see a target, and if that target is not within your reach, keep your ballot in your pocket.

A fox and a wolf are both canine, both belong to the dog family. Now you take your choice. You going to choose a Northern dog or a Southern dog? Because either dog you choose, I guarantee you’ll still be in the dog house.

A segregated school means a school that is controlled by people who have no real interest in it whatsoever.

A segregated school system produces children who, when they graduate, graduate with crippled minds.

Any time you find the government involved in a conspiracy to violate the citizenship or the civil rights of a people, then you are wasting your time going to that government expecting redress.

Any time you have to rely upon your enemy for a job you’re in bad shape.

Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs only to the people who prepare for it today.

I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color.

I have no mercy or compassion in me for a society that will crush people, and then penalize them for not being able to stand up under the weight.

No religion is greater than truth. No faith is greater than fact.

Nonviolence is fine as long as it works.

Our forefathers weren't the Pilgrims. We didn't land on Plymouth Rock. The rock was landed on us. We were brought here against our will. We were not brought here to be made citizens. We were not brought here to enjoy the constitutional gifts that they speak so beautifully about today.

People don't realize how a man's whole life can be changed by one book.

Sitting at the table doesn't make you a diner, unless you eat some of what's on the plate. Being here in America doesn't make you an American. Being born in America doesn't make you an American.

The press is so powerful in its image-making role, it can make the criminal look like he's a the victim and make the victim look like he's the criminal.

To me the earth's most explosive and pernicious evil is racism, the inability of God's creatures to live as One, especially in the Western world.

We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.

Were we to come out here discussing religion, we’d have too many differences from the outstart and we could never get together.

Whenever you’re going after something that belongs to you, anyone who’s depriving you of the right to have it is a criminal. Understand that. Whenever you are going after something that is yours, you are within your legal rights to lay claim to it. And anyone who puts forth any effort to deprive you of that which is yours, is breaking the law, is a criminal.

Whether we are Christians or Muslims or nationalists or agnostics or atheists, we must first learn to forget our differences. If we have differences, let us differ in the closet; when we come out in front, let us not have anything to argue about until we get finished arguing with the man.

You can't separate peace from freedom, because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.

You get freedom by letting your enemy know that you'll do anything to get your freedom; then you'll get it. It's the only way you'll get it.

You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it.

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(February 21 is also the birthday of Anais Nin, Sacha Guitry, W.H. Auden, and Erma Bombeck.)


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