Listen to Malcolm X


Replace “Negro” with “Muslim” and it’s applicable to today.  The last part is the extremely important.

“This modern house Negro loves his master. He wants to live near him. He’ll pay three times as much as the house is worth just to live near his master, and then brag about ‘I’m the only Negro out here.’ ‘I’m the only one on my job.’ ‘I’m the only one in this school.’ You’re nothing but a house Negro. And if someone comes to you right now and says, ‘Let’s separate,’ you say the same thing that the house Negro said on the plantation. ‘What you mean, separate? From America? This good white man? Where you going to get a better job than you get here?’ I mean, this is what you say. ‘I ain’t left nothing in Africa,’ that’s what you say. Why, you left your mind in Africa. On that same plantation, there was the field Negro. The field Negro — those were the masses. There were always more Negroes in the field than there was Negroes in the house. The Negro in the field caught hell. He ate leftovers. In the house they ate high up on the hog. The Negro in the field didn’t get nothing but what was left of the insides of the hog. They call ’em ‘chitt’lin” nowadays. In those days they called them what they were: guts. That’s what you were — a gut-eater. And some of you all still gut-eaters. The field Negro was beaten from morning to night. He lived in a shack, in a hut; He wore old, castoff clothes. He hated his master. I say he hated his master. He was intelligent. That house Negro loved his master. But that field Negro — remember, they were in the majority, and they hated the master. When the house caught on fire, he didn’t try and put it out; that field Negro prayed for a wind, for a breeze. When the master got sick, the field Negro prayed that he’d die. If someone come to the field Negro and said, ‘Let’s separate, let’s run,’ he didn’t say ‘Where we going?’ He’d say, ‘Any place is better than here.’ You’ve got field Negroes in America today. I’m a field Negro. The masses are the field Negroes. When they see this man’s house on fire, you don’t hear these little Negroes talking about ‘our government is in trouble.’ They say, ‘The government is in trouble.’ Imagine a Negro: ‘Our government’! I even heard one say ‘our astronauts.’ They won’t even let him near the plant — and ‘our astronauts’! ‘Our Navy’ — that’s a Negro that’s out of his mind. That’s a Negro that’s out of his mind. Just as the slavemaster of that day used Tom, the house Negro, to keep the field Negroes in check, the same old slavemaster today has Negroes who are nothing but modern Uncle Toms, 20th century Uncle Toms, to keep you and me in check, keep us under control, keep us passive and peaceful and nonviolent. That’s Tom making you nonviolent. It’s like when you go to the dentist, and the man’s going to take your tooth. You’re going to fight him when he starts pulling. So he squirts some stuff in your jaw called novocaine, to make you think they’re not doing anything to you. So you sit there and ’cause you’ve got all of that novocaine in your jaw, you suffer peacefully. Blood running all down your jaw, and you don’t know what’s happening. ‘Cause someone has taught you to suffer — peacefully. The white man do the same thing to you in the street, when he want to put knots on your head and take advantage of you and don’t have to be afraid of your fighting back. To keep you from fighting back, he gets these old religious Uncle Toms to teach you and me, just like novocaine, suffer peacefully. Don’t stop suffering — just suffer peacefully. As Reverend Cleage pointed out, ‘Let your blood flow In the streets.’ This is a shame. And you know he’s a Christian preacher. If it’s a shame to him, you know what it is to me. There’s nothing in our book, the Quran — you call it ‘Ko-ran’ — that teaches us to suffer peacefully. Our religion teaches us to be intelligent. Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery. That’s a good religion.”

19 Replies to “Listen to Malcolm X”

  1. subhanallah!! i love it. The last bit is wicked. If you think bout it this is exactly how we muslims are being treated today. Uno they use our puppet leaders to keep us quiet whilst so many muslims are suffering out there, look at egypt, arabia, jordan. look at there leaders they say they are with us but yet they jus say that to keep us quiet, like the americans tell them to.

    I LOVE THE END BIT. It shows how perfect islam is, uno be patient and carin even wid ur enemies but defend your dignity, people and land when the enemies go too far

  2. Brother MR,

    The bolded part is 100% incorrect. Every single letter in it is wrong. Yes, we love and respect Malcolm X, but he was not a scholar of Islam. In fact, when he said all that, he was not even a Muslim.

    “There’s nothing in our book, the Quran — you call it ‘Ko-ran’ — that teaches us to suffer peacefully.”

    There are in fact many verses in the Quran that implore the believer to resort to patience instead of reciprocating harm on others. “Turn the cheek” is a part of Islamic belief as well:

    “but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.”

    How can this be correct? The Quran is very clear on this issue: if someone does a harm to you, your only right is to seek a punishment equivalent to the harm, no more than that. So how can you send a person to the cemetery for just putting his hand on you? Not only that, but the better way is to forgive the person and not seek any recompense for the harm, and from Allah [swt] is the reward for those who are patient and forgiving.

    As for the rest of the speech, it is simplistic to apply that to the situation of the Muslims today. And if you did, all the scholars you claim to follow would be called House Negroes/Muslims, which is exactly what the extremists do.

    The reality is that MLK was right, and Malcolm (ra) was wrong. The evidence of that is sitting in the White House right now. This does not take away from the fact that we love and respect ash-shaheed Malcolm X (ra).

    Fi aman Allah

  3. You just contradicted yourself, because first you said that we should turn the other cheek, but then you went on to say that equal revenge is allowed! Lol.

  4. Oh Muslims, why are we so lost?

    I dont see why any Muslim who understands the true spirit of Islam, the religion as lived by Muhammad (PBUH) would find anything to ‘love’ in the bold text. The prophet (pbuh) actually had many people ‘lay a hand’ on him (not just in Makkah, but in Madinah when he was a ruler who could do what he wished), and he never so much as lost his temper, kind of interesting when you juxtapose that with all the ‘thug life’ Muslims.

    Rise above the shallow, petty and hot rhetoric oh you who claim to submit your entire will (which includes temper, disposition etc.) to Allah. We’re in the malaise we are in not because there is too few Muslims who won’t stand up and fight, its because we have too many who will–almost always for the wrong reasons. We need to be honest, we truly dont understand this religion, or our prophet (pbuh)…

    By the way, the struggle and tests Black Americans had to go through to get their civil rights is in no way comparable to what Muslims are facing today! Its a practical honeymoon for us, so stop complaining. If anything we’re not taking advantage of our immense opportunities here for dawa…..Our ‘love’ for quotes like this reveal how upside down our islamic worldview is….

  5. al-suyuufi: I don’t think there’s a contradiction in what he said. Certain circumstances may lead to a Muslim extracting equal retribution while turning the cheek and being patient may be desired in other situations.

  6. I agree with the comments above, I do not see anything positive in the speech at all. I respect Malcolm X, but for most of his life his teachings were very contrary to Islam and when he changed them in accordance to true Islam, he was killed.

    This is a very famous speech, but in the end it’s wrong. I think we should see that for what it is.

    This is not to say that resistance is always bad; but it has to be done only when absolutely necessary and with adherence to the law of Allah swt.

  7. Anyone who has even a small amount of knowledge of Islam, will know that the last part of this speech is wrong. You cannot judge Malcolm X at “that” time & apply it now. MR, based on your posts, I assume you know better.

  8. Why make a fuss about dark-skinned people. Malcolm X is racist & offensive because he calls them Negro, which is an obsolete & offensive word.
    He better check his skin colour in a good-quality mirror.
    Uncle Tom is the best charracter in Harriet Tubman’s novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
    Dark people are also human beings. So what if a person was blue or yellow, after all, it’s deeds that count.

  9. Why make a fuss about dark-skinned people. Malcolm X is racist & offensive because he calls them Negro, which is an obsolete & offensive word.
    He better check his skin colour in a good-quality mirror.
    Uncle Tom is the best character in Harriet Tubman’s novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
    Dark people are also human beings. So what if a person was blue or yellow, after all, it’s deeds that count.

  10. @Islamophobia: umm, Malcolm X was black and he said this a long time ago. It wasn’t an offensive/racist word back then and it still isn’t if you are black and you say it today.

  11. 2010 are you serious? Oh and if you quote from the kittabullah please don’t add your own opinion-talking about the ‘special last part ‘ Allah says in the event a believer is attacked to return the same force back. And quote: DO NOT TRANSGRESS THE LIMITS!!!!!. “In other words if someone slaps you, you dont have the right to send them to the cemetary.” Easy with the before Islam Malcolm x dogma-which has its truths but the real truth and solutions are in the Quran. Salaams

  12. The quran says to do the same harm to what they have done to you but whta people dont get is that Malcolm X and the Afro American race suffered so much that innocent Blacks were killed by the police, and before that even linched. Even in his own Autobiography malcom’s uncles and fathers were all killed by whites so i think even the Quran tell the followers of islam to be peaceful, how could you be peacefull when you are beaten by the police, One can only say”We declare our right on this earth to be a man to be a human being to be respected as a human being to be given the rights of a human on this society on this earth on this day wich we intend to bring into existance by any means neccesary” Malcolm X

  13. thank you brother.

    may allah accept opur brother malcolm Shaheed .

    malcolm is light of freedom for people during his time and all times after him.

    I wish I know inglish , to expline this honorable man.

    he was gift . and he lived just 20 years as muslim . but he was light for millions of people arond world .

    Malcolm . our brither in Makkah ( meca) and Madina and all muslim world love you and prey to Allah bless youز

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