Malcolm X, edited by Imam Benjamin Karim
You can listen to a sound
clip [requires RealPlayer, approx. 46sec] from this speech from
Malcolm X : A Research Site.
note - this speech was delivered
before Malcolm left the Nation of Islam and accepted true Islam --
so his views in this speech do not reflect his own or those he held
near the end of his life.
Powell, distinguished guests, brothers and sisters, friends, and even
our enemies. As a follower and minister of The Honorable Elijah Muhammad,
who is the Messenger of Allah to the American so-called Negro, I am
very happy to accept Dr. Powell's invitation to be here this evening
at the Abyssinian Baptist Church and to express or at least to try
to represent The Honorable Elijah Muhammad's views on this most timely
topic, the black revolution.
however, there are some questions we have to put to you. Since the
black masses here in America are now in open revolt against the American
system of segregation, will these same black masses turn toward integration
or will they turn toward complete separation? Will these awakened
black masses demand integration into the white society that enslaved
them or will they demand complete separation from that cruel white
society that has enslaved them? Will the exploited and oppressed black
masses seek integration with their white exploiters and white oppressors
or will these awakened black masses truly revolt and separate themselves
completely from this wicked race that has enslaved us?
are just some quick questions that I think will provoke some thoughts
in your minds and my mind. How can the so-called Negroes who call
themselves enlightened leaders expect the poor black sheep to integrate
into a society of bloodthirsty white wolves, white wolves who have
already been sucking on our blood for over four hundred years here
in America? Or will these black sheep also revolt against the "false
shepherd," the handpicked Uncle tom Negro leader, and seek complete
separation so that we can escape from the den of the wolves rather
than be integrated with wolves in this wolves' den? And since we are
in church and most of us here profess to believe in God, there is
another question: When the "good shepherd" comes will he
integrate his long-lost sheep with white wolves? According to the
Bible when God comes he won't even let his sheep integrate with goats.
And if his sheep can't be safely integrated with goats they certainly
aren't safe integrated with wolves.
Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us that no people on earth fit the
Bible's symbolic picture about the Lost Sheep more so than America's
twenty million so-called Negroes and there has never in history been
a more vicious and blood-thirsty wolf than the American white man.
He teaches us that for four hundred years America has been nothing
but a wolves den for twenty million so-called Negroes, twenty million
second-class citizens, and this black revolution that is developing
against the white wolf today is developing because The Honorable Elijah
Muhammad, a godsent shepherd, has opened the eyes of our people. And
the black masses can now see that we have all been here in this white
doghouse long, too long. The black masses don't want segregation nor
do we want integration. What we want is complete separation. In short,
we don't want to be integrated with the white man, we want to be separated
from the white man. And now our religious leader and teacher, The
Honorable Elijah Muhammad, teaches us that this is the only intelligent
and lasting solution to the present race problem. In order to fully
understand why the Muslim followers of The Honorable Elijah Muhammad
actually reject hypocritical promises of integration it must first
be understood by every one that we are a religious group, and as a
religious group we can in no way be equated or compared to the nonreligious
civil rights groups.
are Muslims because we believe in Allah. We are Muslims because we
practice the religion of Islam. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches
us that there is but one God, the creator and sustainer of the entire
universe, the all-wise, all-powerful Supreme Being. The great God
whose proper name is Allah. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad also teaches
us that Islam is an Arabic word that means "complete submission
to the will of Allah, or obedience to the God of truth, God of peace,
the God of righteousness, the God whose proper name is Allah."
And he teaches us that the word Muslim is used to describe one who
submits to God, one who obeys God. In other words a Muslim is one
who strives to live a life of righteousness. You may ask what does
the religion of Islam have to do with American so-called Negro's changing
attitude toward himself, toward the white man, toward segregation,
toward integration, and toward separation, and what part will this
religion of Islam play in the current black revolution that is sweeping
the American continent today? The Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches
us that Islam is the religion of naked truth, undressed truth, truth
that is not dressed up, and he says that truth is the only thing that
will truly set our people free.
will open our eyes and enable us to see the white wolf as he really
is. Truth will stand us on our own feet. Truth will make us walk for
ourselves instead of leaning on others who mean our people no good.
Truth not only shows us who our real enemy is, truth also gives us
the strength and the know-how to separate ourselves from that enemy.
Only a blind man will walk into the open embrace of his enemy, and
only a blind people, a people who are blind to the truth about their
enemies, will seek to embrace or integrate with that enemy. Why, Jesus
himself prophesied: You shall know the truth and it shall make you
free. Beloved brothers and sisters, Jesus never said that Abraham
Lincoln would make us free. He never said that the Congress would
make us free. He never said that the Senate or Supreme Court or John
Kennedy would make us free. Jesus two thousand years ago looked down
the wheel of time and saw your and my plight here today and he knew
the tricky high court, Supreme Court, desegregation decisions would
only lull you into a deeper sleep, and the tricky promises of the
hypocritical politicians on civil rights legislation would only be
designed to advance you and me from ancient slavery to modern slavery.
But Jesus did prophesy that when Elijah comes in the spirit and power
of truth he said that Elijah would teach you the truth. Elijah would
guide you with truth and Elijah would protect you with truth and make
you free indeed. And brothers and sister, that Elijah, the one whom
Jesus has said was to come, has come and is in America today in the
person of The Honorable Elijah Muhammad.
Elijah, the one whom they said was to come and who has come, teaches
those of who are Muslims that our white slave masters have always
known the truth and they have always known that truth alone would
set us free. Therefore this same American white man kept the truth
hidden from our people. He kept us in the darkness of ignorance. He
made us spiritually blind by depriving us of the light of truth. During
the four hundred years that we have spent confined to the darkness
of ignorance here in this land of bondage, our American enslavers
have given us an overdose of their own white-controlled Christian
religion, but have kept all other religions hidden from us, especially
the religion of Islam. And for this reason, Almighty God Allah, the
God of our forefathers, has raised The Honorable Elijah Muhammad from
the midst of our downtrodden people here in America. And this same
God has missioned The Honorable Elijah Muhammad to spread the naked
truth to America's twenty million so-called Negroes, and the truth
alone will make you and me free.
Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us that there is but one God whose
proper name is Allah, and one religion, the religion of Islam, and
that this one God will not rest until he has used his religion to
establish one world -- a universal, one-world brotherhood. But in
order to set up his righteous world God must first bring down this
wicked white world. The black revolution against the injustices of
the white world is all part of God's divine plan. God must destroy
the world of slavery and evil in order to establish a world based
upon freedom, justice, and equality. The followers of The Honorable
Elijah Muhammad religiously believe that we are living at the end
of this wicked world, the world of colonialism, the world of slavery,
the end of the Western world, the white world or the Christian world,
or the end of the wicked white man's Western world of Christianity.
Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us that the symbolic stories in
all religious scriptures paint a prophetic picture of today. He says
that the Egyptian House of Bondage was only a prophetic picture of
America. Mighty Babylon was only a prophetic picture of America. the
wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah painted only a prophetic picture
of America. No one here in this church tonight can deny that America
is the mightiest government on earth today, the mightiest, the richest,
and the wickedest. And no one in this church tonight dare deny that
America's wealth and power stemmed from 310 years of slave labor contributed
from the American so-called Negro.
Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us that these same so-called American
Negroes are God's long-lost people who are symbolically described
in the Bible as the Lost Sheep or the Lost Tribe of Israel. We who
are Muslims believe in God, we believe in his scriptures, we believe
in prophecy. Nowhere in the scriptures did God ever integrate his
enslaved people with their slave masters. God always separates his
oppressed people from their oppressor and then destroys the oppressor.
God has never deviated from his divine pattern in the past and The
Honorable Elijah Muhammad says that God will not deviate from that
divine pattern today. Just as God destroyed the enslavers in the past,
God is going to destroy this wicked white enslaver of our people here
wants us to separate ourselves from this wicked white race here in
America because this American House of Bondage is number one on God's
list for divine destruction today. I repeat: This American House of
Bondage is number one on God's list for divine destruction today.
He warns us to remember Noah never taught integration, Noah taught
separation; Moses never taught integration, Moses taught separation.
The innocent must always be given a chance to separate themselves
form the guilty before the guilty are executed. No one is more innocent
than the poor, blind American so-called Negro who has been led astray
by blind Negro leaders, and no one on earth is more guilty than the
blue-eyed white man who has used his control and influence over the
Negro leader to lead the rest of our people astray.
brothers and sisters here, a beautiful here at the Abyssinian Baptist
Church in Harlem, because of America's evil deeds against the so-called
Negroes, like Egypt and Babylon before her, America herself now stands
before the bar of justice. America herself is now facing her day of
judgement, and she can't escape because God Himself is the judge.
If America can't atone for the crimes she has committed against the
twenty million so-called Negroes, if she can't undo the evils that
she has brutally and mercilessly heaped upon our people these past
four hundred years, The Honorable Elijah Muhammad says that America
has signed her own doom. And you, our people, would be foolish to
accept her deceitful offers of integration at this late date into
her doomed society.
America escape? Can America atone? And if so how can she atone for
these crimes? In my conclusion I must point out that The Honorable
Elijah Muhammad says a desegregated theater, a desegregated lunch
counter won't solve our problem. Better jobs won't even solve our
problems. An integrated cup of coffee isn't sufficient pay for four
hundred years of slave labor. He also says that a better job, a better
job in the white man's factory, or a better job in the white man's
business, or a better job in the white man's industry or economy is,
at best, only a temporary solution. He says that the only lasting
and permanent solution is complete separation on some land that we
can call our own. Therefore, The Honorable Elijah Muhammad says that
this problem can be solved and solved forever just by sending our
people back to our own homeland or back to our own people, but that
this government should provide the transportation plus everything
else we need to get started again in our own country. This government
should give us everything we need in the form of machinery, material,
and finance-enough to last for twenty to twenty-five years until we
can become an independent people and an independent nation in our
own land. He says that if the American government is afraid to send
us back to our own country and to our own people, then America should
set aside some separated territory right here in the Western hemisphere
where the two races can live apart from each other, since we certainly
don't get along peacefully while we are together.
Honorable Elijah Muhammad says that the size of the territory can
be judged according to our population. If a seventh of the population
of this country is black, then give us a seventh of the territory,
a seventh part of the county. And that is not asking too much because
we already worked for the man for four hundred years.
says it must not be in the desert, but where there is plenty of rain
and much mineral wealth. We want fertile, productive land on which
we can farm and provide our own people with food, clothing, and shelter.
He says that this government should supply us on that territory with
the machinery and other tools needed to dig into the earth. Give us
everything we need for twenty to twenty-five years until we can produce
and supply our own needs.
in my conclusion I repeat: We want no part of integration with this
wicked race of devils. But he also says we should not be expected to
leave America empty-handed. After four hundred years of slave labor,
we have some back pay coming. A bill that is owed to us and must be
collected. If the government of America truly repents of its sins against
our people and atones by giving us our true share of the land and the
wealth, then America can save herself. But if America waits for God
to step in and force her to make a just settlement, God will take this
entire continent away from the white man. And the Bible says that God
can then give the kingdom to whomsoever he pleases. I thank you.