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MALCOLM X SPEAKS
Revolutionary Black Liberation Leader in the U.S.
You’re not doing the Black man any favor. If you stick a knife in my back, if you put it in nine inches and pull it out six inches, you haven’t done me any favor. If you pull it all the way out, you haven’t done me any favor. And this is what you have to realize. If you put a man in jail against his will—illegally, he’s not guilty— you frame him up, and then because he resents what you’ve done to him, you put him in solitary confinement to break his spirit, then after his spirit is broken, you let him out a little bit and give him the general run of the prison, you haven’t done him any favor. If you let him out of prison completely, you haven’t done him any favor, because you put him in there unjustly and illegally in the first place.
From Malcolm X Speech “Twenty Million Black People in a Political, Economic and Mental Prison”
(January 23, 1963)
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