“Don’t be in a hurry to condemn because he doesn’t do what you do or think as you think or as fast. There was a time when you didn’t know what you know today.”
“My alma mater was books, a good library… I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.”
“Stumbling is not falling.”
“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time.”
“They put your mind right in a bag, and take it wherever they want.”
“We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Rock landed on us.”
“Concerning nonviolence, it is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks.”
“A race of people is like an individual man; until it uses its own talent, takes pride in its own history, expresses its own culture, affirms its own selfhood, it can never fulfill itself.”
“I for one believe that if you give people a thorough understanding of what confronts them and the basic causes that produce it, they’ll create their own program, and when the people create a program, you get action.”
“If you’re not ready to die for it, put the word ‘freedom’ out of your vocabulary.”
“I feel like a man who has been asleep somewhat and under someone else’s control. I feel that what I’m thinking and saying is now for myself. Before it was for and by the guidance of Elijah Muhammad. Now I think with my own mind, sir!”
“The thing that you have to understand about those of us in the Black Muslim movement was that all of us believed 100 percent in the divinity of Elijah Muhammad. We believed in him. We actually believed that God, in Detroit by the way, that God had taught him and all of that. I always believed that he believed in himself. And I was shocked when I found out that he himself didn’t believe it.”
“I believe that there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those that do the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the systems of exploitation.”
“It is a time for martyrs now, and if I am to be one, it will be for the cause of brotherhood. That’s the only thing that can save this country.”
— February 19, 1965 (2 days before he was murdered by Nation of Islam followers)
“Without education, you’re not going anywhere in this world.”
“…I shall never rest until I have undone the harm I did to so many well-meaning, innocent Negroes who through my own evangelistic zeal now believe in him even more fanatically and more blindly than I did.”
— on those he encouraged to follow Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad
“When a person places the proper value on freedom, there is nothing under the sun that he will not do to acquire that freedom. Whenever you hear a man saying he wants freedom, but in the next breath he is going to tell you what he won’t do to get it, or what he doesn’t believe in doing in order to get it, he doesn’t believe in freedom. A man who believes in freedom will do anything under the sun to acquire . . . or preserve his freedom.”
“You don’t have to be a man to fight for freedom. All you have to do is to be an intelligent human being.”
“Dr. King wants the same thing I want. Freedom.”
“I want Dr. King to know that I didn’t come to Selma to make his job difficult. I really did come thinking I could make it easier. If the white people realize what the alternative is, perhaps they will be more willing to hear Dr. King.”
— in a conversation with Mrs. Coretta Scott King.
“I am not a racist. I am against every form of racism and segregation, every form of discrimination. I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color.”
This is a great video with King Samir interviewing Mwalimu Baruti. Here’s a great passage from Baruti. He really breaks it down.
Sadly, we have begun to see the rise of males in the role of men. And many of these males have pushed their way into the leadership positions of organizations which claim to raise men from boys. Most of them…believe that Afrikan manhood died in the early stages of the Maafa and was then misreconstructed in this land as an overraction to an overpowering, racist white supremacy. Further, and most importantly, they argue that this misreconstruction is beyond correction. In their role as mentors and teachers to Afrikan males on their road to adulthood, they outspokenly embrace homosexuality and effeminate male roles as authentic and credible definitions of Afrikan manhood. Before continuing this point, however, we should at least briefly address the origin of the word mentor itself. In Greek mythology, mentor is the adult male whom Odysseus, the protagonist in The Odyssey, trusted to raise and protect his son Telemachus as he traveled the world in search of adventure. Mentor, however, apparently had other plans that went beyond the mere development of Telemachus’ cognitive skills. His intentions, as a Greek, were naturally homosexual. Historically, in European culture, when sons are left in the hands of adult males they become their sexual victims. And this is what makes using the Greek term mentor, a name directly descended from the mythical character Mentor, extremely problematic for Afrikans seeking to maintain a heterosexual sanity. We give power to others, and their way, when we use their culturally peculiar terminology to define ourselves, those we honor and, by default, their and our actions in the performance of those roles. No matter how you look at it, ‘mentor’ in Greek society essentially referred to any adult male who educated a boy, exchanging his expertise for the right to sodomize him at will. It was custom, a socially accepted rite of passage of boys into manhood. Therefore, knowing Greek homosexual culture, we would have to logically conclude that Odysseus left Telemachus in the care of someone he could trust to ‘correctly’ and ‘lovingly’ introduce his son into his homosexual adulthood. Odysseus, a Greek warrior who by every historical account of interpersonal relations among Greek military personnel, had to be homosexual, had to be aware of what was in store for his son in his absence. And regardless of whether or not we interpret the lines in The Odyssey to say that he knew his son’s fate or not, in European culture, ‘mentor’ was and is the title held by those who bring boys into a homosexual adulthood. So, speaking in the language of our ancestors, Afrikans shuold use the term ‘Jegna,” not mentor, when honoring those Afrikans who unselfishly put so much of their energy into training our youth to be adult warrior scholars. Because, using the European language out of which we speak and define reality, to call someone your mentor is to call him/her your rapist. Jegna is a word taken from the Amharic language of Nubia. It refers to those who are altruistically committed, out of an unqualified duty to their people and nation, to teach our children the art and science of a politically conscious adulthood. Or, as articulated by Wade W. Nobles…’Jegna (Jenoch, plural form) are those special people who have (1) been tested in struggle or battle, (2) demonstrated extraordinary and unusual fearlessness, (3) shown determination and courage in protecting his/her people, land and culture, (4) shown diligence and dedication to our people, (5) produced an exceptionally high quality of work, and (6) dedicated themselves to the protection, defense, nurturance and development of our young by advancing our people, place and culture.'”
When we talk about abnormality in the black personality, when we talk about feelings of inferiority in black people, feelings of self-hatred and self-alienation, feelings of incompetence, feelings of powerlessness…we must recognize that these feelings are a political and economic necessity. And, we should start from that premise if we’re to understand the psychology of black people.
…In order for us to be in the state we’re in today as people, we have to be out of our minds. We literally have to be crazy. It is necessary for us to be crazy; it is necessary for us to be backwards; it is necessary for us to be maladjusted; it is necessary for us to be dis-united; it is necessary for us to be self-hating, it is necessary for us to be filled with an inferiority complex.
In a world where the European is essentially about 10 percent of the world’s population, if that 10 percent is to continue to rule over the other 90 percent, it must keep that 90 percent out of its mind. It must keep that 90 percent in a state of deception. It must keep that 90 percent filled with a feeling of powerlessness and incompetence.
If this 10 percent is to continue to consume more than 60 percent of the world’s resources, if this 10 percent is to continue to rob African, Asian and other nations of their material wealth, then it must keep those people in a state of maladjustment.
Abundance Child talks with author Frances Cress Welsing.