The Black Political Review

We can never forget or fail to recognize what the African-American experience, struggle and history has been in America. Forty-four years ago, Malcolm X delivered one of his greatest speeches titled “The Ballot or the Bullet.”

Many people have labeled Malcolm X as a racist or one that preached hatred of anything not of African descent. Anyone that has studied him understands that this is a great lie and has destroyed much of a message that should be embraced by the African-American communities… self-help, self-awareness, education, spiritual wellbeing, love and respect.

Take some time to hear (not listen) him in his own words… hear what he said in Detroit, April 24, 1964… hear a message he gave to African-Americans that could easily be given today.

Make sure you key in on his call for African-Americans to be responsible to themselves and stop asking for others to help them. Also key in on his tongue lashing of the Democratic Party and how it has failed the African-American support… this was 44 years ago and we still don’t listen.

Hear “The Ballot or the Bullet” Here 

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Comments on: "Malcolm Was Right 44 Years Ago" (3)

  1. 2Cireal said:

    This is a powerful post. Thanks for sharing the message. It is amazing to me how the Right will try to demonize anything that is in opposition to them. It is a tactic they got from the German’s. A German General stated, “You can get the people to do basically anything you want. Simply identify an enemy and position anyone that is in opposition to the leadership as a trader and unpatriotic.” This sounds all to familiar to me.

  2. REALNewsNetwork said:

    Of course you already know how I feel about my Father. And while I want to say that you couldn’t have chosen a better speech of His to highlight – in my opinion, EVERYTHING He ever stated was important and relevent yesterday, today, tomorrow, and 100 years from now – the Ballot speech is particularly special to reflect on.

    What makes The Ballot or The Bullet significant today is that it was spoken during an election year – a crucial election year – where two generations later, we are witnessing history repeat itself yet again. (Recall yesterday’s broadcast 6/11 about understanding patterns?)

    In 1964, as now in 2008, the U.S. was engaged in a fierce battle for domination and hedgemony over a country of darker peoples to expand its’ “Manifest Destiny” of EMPIRE.

    In the first part of Father Malcolm’s speech He spoke to the root of every problem the Black Man has each other, with dem-folks, and a program for HOW to solve those problems. In the latter part of the message, Malcolm addressed the trickery played against US by both Democrats and Republicans……

    “………I’m not a Republican, nor a Democrat, nor an American, and got sense enough to know it. I’m one of the 22 million black victims of the Democrats, one of the 22 million black victims of the Republicans, and one of the 22 million black victims of Americanism. And when I speak, I don’t speak as a Democrat, or a Republican, *nor an American.* I speak as a victim of America’s so-called democracy. You and I have never seen democracy; all we’ve seen is hypocrisy. When we open our eyes today and look around America, we see America not through the eyes of someone who have — who has enjoyed the fruits of Americanism, we see America through the eyes of someone who has been the victim of Americanism. We don’t see any American dream; we’ve experienced only the American nightmare. We haven’t benefited from America’s democracy; we’ve only suffered from America’s hypocrisy……”

    Now, 44 years since that poignantly clear observation, what do wee see? That negroes have not, in 44 years, taken even the most basic necessary steps of forming their own political machine. Here wee are, two generations removed from a message detailing a clear program of what wee MUST do, and wee’re still running around with our nuts cut off being coerced to choose between the Devil and Satan – talkin’ bout how far wee’ve come simply because wee’re winning Heisman Trophys and State Department positions.

    Given the quote above from Malcolm’s speech, consider the irony of the time wee are in today, where at the same time an innocent Black man was gunned down by police by 50 shots,while a 92 year old Black woman was also murdered by the police – a negro is running (yet again) for President. Ask youselves, “How is it logical that a man can run a country where those of his own kind cannot safely walk the streets or simply sleep in our beds at night after 92 years of hard work? And WHY not have wee sought to put in place the necessary protections to prevent such (daily) occurances from ever repeating without the most DIRE consequences suffered by the perpetrators?” Why run for “President” without having in place the most basic, elementary aspects of human respect and justice???? HOW can one run a COUNTRY when he exacts NO controls over his own neighborhood, his own home, his own LIFE?? Exactly, WHAT type of existence would such a ‘president’ be attempting to ‘lead’??

    Moreover, consider the absurd irony that wee exist in a country where there are already TENS of THOUSANDS of black elected officials of every level from Vermont to California, and not a single police bullet has ceased from finding the skulls of little black kids, black men, elderly folks on a weekly basis. By some magical force of nature, just ONE more (black) politician is gonna be the answer answer to our misguided, misdirected prayers? …..If wee could only be THE PRESIDENT, the insult of Katrina will be redressed, police will stop using US for random target practices, corporations will lose their unyielding power, and Israel will see the error of its genocidal ways and treat Palestinians as if they were equal human beings……ALL will be right with our world…..The actual WORK will be unnecessay. It will be like ‘magic’……Wee just have to win (get this) – “The White House”.

    It really is the most difficult thing for me, in this ‘middle-age’ phase of my years to fight back a complete state of utter cynacism. Harder than ANYTHING I have ever confronted.

    Wee-folks kill me dead with all the bullshit wee indulge and entertain. In all my years of the study of humans, I’ve never seen a more backward species that wee…..including dem-folks, who are beyond backward!

    I appreciate you encouraging the people to listen and hear our Noble Father Malcolm’s words. The speech can be heard at Malcolm’s website:

    http://www.brothermalcolm.net/mxwords/whathesaid13.html

    For those without the capability to hear it, the text can be found at:

    http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/malcolmxballotorbullet.htm

    Truly, the Ballot speech is particularly special to reflect on at this time.

    Why? Because it proves without a doubt that wee-folks don’t really want to do what is clearly necessary to do to be Free. What you are witnessing has nothing to do with seeking Justice. Truth be told, Obama-mania is all about feelin’ good…..cuz that’s what negroes like…..They like to FEEL good. Wee don’t want (REAL) Freedom. Wee want priviledge. Wee want assimilation. Wee want the broad acceptance of dem-folks. Wee want to lead the democratic party. Not Truth. Not Justice. Not REAL change. Not really.

    I could go on, but considering what I’ve seen since the speech 44 years ago, there is nothing to indicate that 44 more years from today will be anything different because…….

    “N*****s are scared of Revolution!”

  3. seanpadraic said:

    Great post. I hope you have read The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley! Although I am not black, I was very inspired by it. To me, it was more than a story of race; it was the story of how to become a man, how to overcome adversity, and just plain and simply how to live life.

    I have a post and an essay on my blog dedicated to Malcolm. I think you might enjoy them, particularly the essay, etitled, “Malcolm X and the African Diaspora”

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