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“By Any Means Necessary...”
MALCOLM X SPEAKS
Revolutionary Black Liberation Leader in the U.S.
"Right now in New York we had a couple cases where police grabbed the brother and beat him unmercifully—and then charged him with assaulting them. They used the press to make it look like he's the criminal and they're the victim. This is how they do it,
and if you study how they do it there, then you'll know how they do it over here. It's the same game going all the time, and if you and I don't awaken and see what this
man is doing to us, then it'll be too late. [...]
The step-by-step process that was used by the press: First they fanned the flame in such a manner to create hysteria in the mind of the public. And then they shift gears and fan the flame in a manner designed to get the sympathy of the public. And once
they go from hysteria to sympathy, their next step is to get the public to support them in whatever act they're getting ready to go down with. You're dealing with
a cold calculating international machine, that's so criminal in its objectives and motives that it has the seeds of its own destruction, right within.
Excerpt from "The Ballot or the Bullet" Speech on April 12, 1964
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