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By Any Means Necessary (Malcolm X Speeches and Writings) (Malcolm X speeches & writings) Paperback – September 1, 1992
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"... by any means necessary. That's our motto. We want freedom by any means necessary. We want justice by any means necessary. We want equality by any means necessary."
"We won't organize any black man to be a Democrat or a Republican because both of them have sold us out."
"Those who claim to be enemies of the system were on their hands and knees waiting for [Democratic president] Johnson to get elected because he's supposed to be a man of peace; and he has troops invading the Congo [in Africa] right now and invading Saigon [Vietnam]...."
"This political, economic, and social system of America was produced from the enslavement of the black man and that particular system is capable only of reproducing that out of which itself was produced."
"No, you have got no friends in Washington, D.C.... You've got friends in Africa, friends in Asia, friends in Latin America."
"[The] thing that I would like to impress upon every Afro-American leader is that no kind of action in this country is ever going to bear fruit unless that action is tied in with the overall international struggle."
(In one of his speeches, Malcolm read the founding statement of the Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU) which he led, adding his own comments. Malcolm didn't write the statement himself; it was developed by a committee of the new group.)
"[quoting OAAU] 'A first step in the program to end the existing system of racist education is to demand that the 10 percent of the [New York city] schools the Board of Education will not include in its [desegregation] plan be turned over to and run by the Afro-American community itself.Read more ›
Malcom's revolutionary strategy for confronting and overcoming the oppression of African-Americans in the 1960s is applicable today for the working class and oppressed people everywhere.
I love it!
REALLY THIS BOOK AND EVERYTHING ELSE BY MALCOLM X SHOULD HAVE SIX OR SEVEN STARS NOT JUST FIVE!!!!! Edited by the editor Malcolm selected to present his work, By
Any Means Necessary contains speeches by Malcolm X about politics of struggle against Racism, Capitalism, and the Democratic and Republican parties. Read this book and you understand what Malcolm X meant when he said that African Americans and other people in struggle need to look at the US from the point of view of the oppressed majority around the world, not as an 'American.' This book like the other books published by Pathfinder Press is just Malcolm X speaking, writing, being interviewed.
Just as good are Malcolm's works including Malcolm X Speaks, Malcol X: The Final Speeches, Malcolm X: the Last Speeches, Malcolm X Talks to Young People, Malcolm X on Afro-American History. Also read George Breitman's Malcolm X the Evolution of a Revolutionary, a great, honest, measured analysis of Malcolm's last year with Malcolm's program for the Organization of African American Unity as an appendix
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Ideas tof this kind are seldom heald even from so-called "militant" leaders of today, who thrive on theatrics and shock value as opposed to concrete ideas for the betterment of the masses. I also like his take on white liberals ("John Brown should be your standard") although I disagree to an extent with a few ideas (such as his take on Rev. Bruce Klunder, a Cleveland martyr) but one does not have to agree with someone 100% to recognize sincerity and brilliance. Read it and think!
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Shows how time changes everything, reading these I felt astonished that this mild-mannered man was considered revolutionary, but that's how 40 years can change our views. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Charlene Smith
Well this book open my mind, and show how brilliant, powerful the mind of Mr. MALCOLM X IS.Published 3 months ago by RealRap4eva
Thought it would have more speeches in it. But it was an ok read.Published 6 months ago by Kenneth Crenshaw
Great Book on Malcolm X. Many speeches and statements I never heard from him. The speeches and statements come from different aspects of his life. Great read.Published 8 months ago by Anthony
This man was a genius!! It's a tragedy that he was murdered! I think he would have made our country be as one, as it should have been/be!!! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Tasha Rhodes
Haven't read as of yet but I understand it is a good book. I will update my review after I finish reading this bookPublished 17 months ago by Kiume Afrika