-that's pretty much it.. he was affirming their collective racial identity and in the process was drawing their attention to, well.... self interest, destiny, future, survival, all of those things.
"All of us have suffered here, in this country, political oppression at the hands of the white man, economic exploitation at the hands of the white man, and social degradation at the hands of the white man." (Malcolm X)
African people should focus on improving their own communities, rather than striving for complete integration, and that black people had a duty to defend themselves against violent assaults. (Malcolm X)
In the case of the last quote above, it is clear that the aspirations of the Blacks are .. self rule, separation, and sovereignty. This should not surprise anyone, because it's a genetic issue related to evolutionary biology and psychology rather than a cultural thing. Malcolm X was in fact speaking at best about 'economic independence' and at worst about some kind of self segregation along chosen racial lines.
So the question I ask is.... "Was Mosely a racist because he affirmed European Identity?"
Or was Malcolm X racist when he described the black community in terms of separate living space and sovereignty on racial lines? Indeed he was, but, he was doing so with a view to economic and social independence. How far is the line called "Racial superiority and ethnic dominance" from the line called "Liberty and freedom" ? I suggest that it is somewhat akin to the width of the sharp edge of a razor blade. People who feel they are down the rungs of the ladder a bit, never only want to be on the same rung as those they consider to be 'up there'. Firstly there isn't room and both will tend to squabble over a more comfortable position. Secondly, as the saying goes, the fiddle that people least want to play is....the 2nd one.
It sounds like X wanted to re-introduce Segregation, but MLKjr had much to say about this "One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the shackles of segregation and the chains of discrimination".
There seems to be some kind of a mood or a movement in academia that has declared and decided that racism between white and black is there and the white man is guilty, whereas the black man who utters black supremacist and separatist ideas is ignored.
The surprising trend right now in American Universities (Pennsylvania being one) is where African American students want to have their own dormitories, as do sexual orientation minorities. This is effectively returning to the segregation of the past, except that this is by choice rather than imposed.
So we should be enquiring about what the mentality is that seeks to restore something like segregation? I suggest it is really a latent supremacism. Why be separate? Ok.. perhaps you 'feel more comfortable with people who look like you?' That was the basis of "blacks only" signage in the Southern States, though I think there was a bit more to it than that there given the slave background. Perhaps, you feel you are superior? Perhaps you just want to have your 'turn' at being top dog? I don't believe there is a reason strong enough in any of those to justify a self perception as being anything other than a human being. But these attitudes appear to be the nature of the beast.
Can they be 'fixed'? Is it possible to just 'educate' people to look upon others of a different skin color with equality and the same compassion as you would extend to your own skin color group? I do believe it is possible, and much of it comes down to the simple process of interaction and team work.
It's a bit like how 'denominational barriers' cease to exist on the Mission field. "We are all Christians" is the mindset. I was a member of an interdenominational group, which drew workers from many different mainstream protestant traditions. We trained Anglicans at one of our Bible colleges. I've enjoyed strenuous exercise and class/team workouts at a gym where color of skin was a meaningless concept.
I am quite convinced that the people most responsible for racist and supremacist attitudes are the mainstream media (which I see as very 'politically correct' (and wrong) and Left leaning). They seem to harp on and on and on about 'multi culturalism' and trumpet it as if it was the newly discovered medicinal breakthrough that is going to cure the cancer of communal conflict. The only effect 'multi' culturalism and strengthening racial identity will have is to perpetuate racist attitudes, and create a divided community that is ripe for rule.
How bizarre is it when the Media tends to rant and rant about 'multi' culturalism, and then, when the predictable outcome of racism and conflict is observed....welllll...it's news! In fact it's top dollar news. As they say...when two men are having a conversation on the side of the freeway, it's ho hum, yawn. But if they are whacking into each other with tyre irons...now THAT is "news".
“The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”(Malcolm X)
I've put this into a number of recent posts in the hope that some at least will grasp it.
Is this a justification of white dominance? Only for those who view life in terms of skin color and racial identity. I, being married to a member of another race, would have some trouble with that idea. I'd especially find it troubling given my grand children have at least 5 distinct racial lines in them, some are brown, others are white. My own daughter endured teasing at school (from white children) to the effect that she was born in a peanut butter jar.
I believe there has never been a time more urgent for we as a community of communities, to take time out from our humdrum busy-ness, and take a breath of fresh air called 'truth'. Why would any rational person deliberately allow him or herself to be manipulated by those media monsters?
As for me, I'd love to be examining this kind of thing in a small group context, along with serious Bible study that strengthens people for action at the cutting edge of this social cultural war we are in.
As Solomon once said in Ecclesiastes: (referring to human nature and behavior)
Is there anything of which one can say,
“Look! This is something new”?
It was here already, long ago;
it was here before our time.
Little is more incipid that sipping at the strength of Scripture, and then supping with our friends on cake and coffee...and doing nothing. Some, perhaps most, are so afraid of going out on a limb they won't even climb the tree.
Let's start climbing.