Malcolm X was assassinated 47 years ago today. Everyone’s responses in this video are amazing—anger and grief alike.
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If you stick a knife in my back nine inches and pull it out six inches, that’s not progress. If you pull it all the way out, that’s not progress. The progress comes from healing the wound that the blow made. They haven’t even begun to pull the knife out. They won’t even admit the knife is there.
How can you thank a man for giving you what’s already yours? How then can you thank him for giving you only part of what is yours?
If violence is wrong in America, violence is wrong abroad. If it’s wrong to be violent defending black women and black children and black babies and black men, then it’s wrong for America to draft us and make us violent abroad in defense of her. And if it is right for America to draft us, and teach us how to be violent in defense of her, then it is right for you and me to do whatever is necessary to defend our own people right here in this country.
Jim Hurlbut: You were born in Omaha, is that right?
Malcolm X: Yes sir.
Hurlbut: And your family left Omaha when you were what? One year old?
Malcolm X: I imagine about a year old.
Hurlbut: Now, why did they eave Omaha?
Malcolm X: Well, to my understanding… the Ku Klux Klan burned down one of their homes in Omaha.
Hurlbut: This made your family feel very unhappy actually?
Malcolm X: Well insecure if not unhappy.
Hurlbut: So they must have a somewhat prejudiced point of view — a personally prejudiced point of view. In other words, you cannot look at this in a broad, academic sort of way, really, can you?
Malcolm X: I think that’s incorrect, because despite the fact that that happened in Omaha and then when moved to Lansing, Michigan our home was burned down again — in fact, my father was killed by the Ku Klux Klan, and despite all of that, no one was more thoroughly integrated with whites than I. No one has lived more so in the society of whites than I.
zuky:This portion of this famous interview has always fascinated me. Hurlbut is asserting that people of color cannot be objective about racism because they have experienced the violence of racism, which apparently “prejudices” you. Only white people can look at racism in a “broad, academic sort of way” because they are the architects of racism and only experience the benefits of white supremacism. And he’s sitting there saying this on national television as though he’s making sense. Hurlbut is pushing this intellectual depravity at Malcolm X as though he has found a clever way to discredit Malcolm’s perspective. This is what white racism does to white people: it makes them stupid. This is why I’ve often described whiteness as a cognitive trauma, a lifetime of conditioning which inhibits certain neural faculties and results in a certain kind of dissociative disorder. Only people who have dissociated themselves from their own humanity can happily picnic under swinging corpses.
[photo: 2 frames of an interview between Malcolm X and Hurlbut]
Oh, Malcom :’)
“Hurlbut: This made your family feel very unhappy actually?”
Yeah, how’s that for cold understatements.
So many of the questions seem to be hinting at what Malcolm or his family must have done to spark white people’s ire so much. What must they have done to invite the KKK to burn their house down & kill his father; how they can be blamed for it because they were too “prejudiced” against white people.
Reminds me of how you can put up with white people’s racist junk over & over, but then when you finally say something about it, and dare to call it racism, they respond with, “God, don’t you know that’s the worst thing you can call a white person!” Like, keep taking this shit, and then when you speak up or defend yourself, now you deserve everything people were throwing at you plus more.