Home | About Us | Archive | Documents | Campaigns & Issues | Links | Contact Us


      “By Any Means Necessary...”
      MALCOLM X SPEAKS


      Revolutionary Black Liberation Leader in the U.S.
      1925-1965


      We don't care anything about your atomic bomb; it's useless, because other countries have atomic bombs. When two or three different countries have atomic bombs, nobody can use them. So it means that the white man today is without a weapon. If you want some action you've got to come on down to Earth, and there's more black people on Earth than there are white people.

      I only got a couple more minutes. The white man can never win another war on the ground. His days of war – victory – his days of battleground victory are over. Can I prove it? Yes. Take all the action that's going on this Earth right now that he's involved in. Tell me where he's winning – nowhere. Why, some rice farmers, some rice farmers! Some rice-eaters ran him out of Korea, yes they ran him out of Korea. Riceeaters, with nothing but gym shoes and a rifle and a bowl of rice, took him and his tanks and his napalm and all that other action he's supposed to have and ran him across the Yalu. Why? Because the day that he can win on the ground has passed.

      Up in French Indochina, those little peasants, rice-growers, took on the might of the French army and ran all the Frenchmen, you remember Dien Bien Phu! The same thing happened in Algeria, in Africa.

      Excerpt from "Malcolm X Speech "The Ballot or the Bullet" on April 12,19654 at King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan



      Back to Article Listing