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“By Any Means Necessary...”
MALCOLM X SPEAKS
Revolutionary Black Liberation Leader in the U.S.
As long as the black man in America thinks of himself as a minority, as an underdog, he can’t shout but so loud; or if he
does shout, he shouts loudly only to the degree that the power structure encourages him to. He never gets irresponsible.
He never goes beyond what the power structure thinks is the right voice to shout in. But when you begin to connect yourself on
the world stage with the whole of dark mankind, and you see that you’re the majority and this majority is waking up and
rising up and becoming strong, then when you deal with this man, you don’t deal with him like he’s your boss or he’s better
than you or stronger than you. You put him right where he belongs. When you realize that he’s a minority, that his time
is running out, you approach him like that, you approach him like one who used to be strong but is now getting weak,
who used to be in a position to retaliate against you but now is not in that position anymore.
Excerpt from Afro-American History(Jan.24, 1964)
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