Malcolm X: "By Any Means Necessary"
We end today's show with the words of Malcolm X. Sunday marked the forty-fifth anniversary of his death. He was assassinated February 21, 1965, as he spoke before a packed audience in Harlem's Audubon Ballroom. He was just thirty-nine years old. This May 19th would have been his eighty-fifth birthday. This is an excerpt of a speech Malcolm X gave at the Audubon Ballroom about half a year earlier. It's called "By Any Means Necessary." Ref. Source 7
"But they don't use law & they use law for their interests. They don't go by law, international, federal, local & nothing! They go by whatever is expedient to protect the interests that are at stake."
-- Malcolm X, answer to question, Militant Labor Forum, January 7, 1965)
"Power never takes a back step -- only in the face of more power."
-- Malcolm X - Source: Malcolm X Speaks, 1965
"The press is so powerful in its image-making role, it can make a criminal look like he's the victim and make the victim look like he's the criminal. This is the press, an irresponsible press. If you aren't careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing."
-- Malcolm X, Audubon Ballroom, December 13, 1964
"You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong no matter who does it or who says it".
-- Malcolm X
"One of the first things I think young people, especially nowadays, should learn is how to see for yourself and listen for yourself and think for yourself. You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it."
-- Malcolm X (U.S. Civil rights activist, 1925-1965)
Malcolm X grandson reported slain in Mexico
Family friend confirms Malcolm Shabazz's* death on social media. Ref. Source 6
* Shabazz, 28, is perhaps most widely known for intentionally starting a fire that killed his grandmother, Malcolm X's widow, Betty Shabazz, 63, in Yonkers, N.Y., in 1997.