Saturday, March 14, 2015

"Speaking again in the UK two months after Oxford,

Malcolm attempted to put the rising number of what he often called 'Negro rebellions' or 'reactions to police brutality' in perspective. At the London School of Economics, he argued:
This doesn't say [the destruction] is intelligent. But whoever heard of a sociological explosion that was done intelligently and politely? And this is what you're trying to make the Black man do. You're trying to drive him into a ghetto and make him the victim of every kind of unjust condition imaginable. Then when he explodes, you want him to explode politely! [Laughter]
-Saladin Ambar, Malcolm X at Oxford Union: Racial Politics in a Global Era. (Oxford: New York, 2014), 99.