It is a nice coincidence that my last post occurred on the birthday of Malcolm X. Much has been made of Malcolm thanks to the publicity of the recent book by the late writer Manning Marable. I will be honest and say that from what snippets I have read, I don't intend on buying it. To me it does not paint a true representation of Malcolm and all that he stood for. Malcolm's grandson agrees in an article from today's Amsterdam News and makes for good reading as he deflects several of the claims made in Marable's book.
Well, happy birthday 86th birthday Brother Malcolm.
I will end this post with one of Malcolm's quotes which brings to mind the speech that President Obama made today about the Middle East.
If you've studied the captives being caught by the American soldiers in South Vietnam, you'll find that these guerrillas are young people. Some of them are just children and some haven't reached their teens. Most are teenagers. It is the teenagers abroad, all over the world, who are actually involving themselves in the struggle to eliminate oppression and exploitation. In the Congo, the refugees point out that many of the Congolese revolutionaries, they shoot all the way down to seven years old - that's been reported in the press. Because the revolutionaries are children, young people. In these countries, the young people are the ones who most quickly identify with the struggle and the necessity to eliminate the evil conditions that exist. And here in this country, it has been my own observation that when you get into a conversation on racism and discrimination and segregation, you will find young people more incensed over it - they feel more filled with an urge to eliminate it."