Some of Malcolm X beliefs/teachings
*Answer lies in Black Nationalism, or that blacks should be completely separate from the
inconsistent white world, including their own economy and community, run by blacks for
*Integration into society implies that blacks will accept the values of the larger society.
*The interests of blacks and whites are dissimilar and share no common experiences.
*Blacks/whites don’t share same history
*Immigrants are “more American than we are”.
*Integration will dilute power
*Important to rise together with a common identity and purpose, and this is crucial for
*If integration occurs, blacks will lose their identity(just like DuBois). Coffee??
*Progress in American society for blacks is a myth
*Christianity is the religion of the white man: blacks should convert to Islam.
*Blacks cannot wait for the “enemy” to control their destiny; but rather to “get it for
*Two nations in one: one black, one white.
*Blacks cannot be the only side being nonviolent and that this relationship needs to be
reciprocal. “Actions speak louder than words.”
*Malcolm would argue that if the pattern of oppression continues, then a “revolution” is
justified.(Jefferson, Paine-“Common Sense”.)
-“The end of all political associations is the preservation of the natural…rights of
man; and these rights are Liberty, Property, Security, and RESISTANCE OF
OPPRESSION.” –Thomas Paine.
-“The law is an expression of the will of the community. All citizens have a right
to concur, either personally or by their representatives, in its formation. It should be the
same to all, whether it protects or punishes…”-Thomas Paine.
-“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same
Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is
their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future
security.” –Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence.