When we see that our problem is so complicated and so all-encompassing in its intent and content, then we realize that it is no longer a Negro problem, confined only to the American Negro; that it is no longer an American problem, confined only to America, but it is a problem for humanity.
In the midst of #oscarsowhite, Beyonce’s superbowl and Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy performances and not to mention the ignorance that daily spews from the likes of the Stacey Dash’s and the Raven Symone’s of the world. I think it’s time we revisit one of America’s Greatest American Hero’s, Malcolm X.
What you might consider a trending topic, instagram hashtag, or maybe a facebook discussion is really a fight for power in who controls the conversation. Malcom X , a survivor of the medias capability to distort and corrupt the image and message of a man, whose words echo the fight to continue not only to champion those front-runners who identify social injustices against the people of the African Diaspora but furthermore to stop and detract those who attempt to blanket those same injustices.
Malcom X’s message and overall life has been one towards continual growth and truth. From his early years as a boy in Lansing as Malcom Little
To his turbulent days in Boston and New York as Detroit Red
To much later in his famous years as Malcom X
and up until his final days as El-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz
He has demonstrated the necessity towards speaking up and out towards the oppressors of our lives “by any means necessary” . In an effort to disembody the falsehoods that will undoubtedly be spread by those doing the oppressing and those who benefit from the conditions of an oppressed environment. This text is not one of hate or a message geared toward converting the reader to the Islamic faith. Instead it is the words of Malcom X urging and exampling to the young and old minds a like that the black body in America is unsafe. It may not be held to the plantations of our African ancestors but instead the American system currently in place, creates conditions that seeks to continually oppress and condemn peoples of the African Diaspora. Malcolm was admittedly angry, but based on the conditions of black peoples then and black peoples now, wouldn’t you be angry too? Malcolm is the foundation that spurs our leaders of today to spread the message of #blacklivesmatter and too unapologetically be black amidst the discomfort it causes to the oppressors and their beneficiaries.
So when I muse on some of today’s most recent and trending topics I think It’s only appropriate we answer them the way our Malcolm would
To what Macolm X would consider the Uncle-toms of the world who live in a falsehood in thinking that the fight toward racial equality has already been won…
Sitting at the table doesn’t make you a diner. You must be eating some of what’s on that plate. Being here in America doesn’t make you an American. Being born here in America doesn’t make you an American
To those leaders who are using their platform to unapologetically bring to light the message and appreciation of black life…
“If we don’t stand for something, we may fall for anything.”
and for the “American’ establishments who claim to be inclusive in representing Americas brightest stars but do little to acknowledge the minorities…
America preaches integration but practices segregation.
Overall when we look at movements today such as #blacklivesmatter, honor our fallen sisters and brothers such as #trayvonmartin and #sandrabland, and continue to fight for the equality of the black body in America. Always remember the words of Malcolm X and the truth that forever reigns.
Until we meet again, remember human injustice is something no one should ever ignore and READ THE BOOK!