someone sent on a mission to represent another's interests
As Mr. Muhammad’s
emissary, I went to Egypt, Arabia, to the Sudan, to Nigeria, and Ghana.
the state of being widely known or eminent
You will often hear today a lot of the Negro leaders complaining that what thrust the Muslims into international
prominence was the white man’s press, radio, television, and other media.
He loves himself so much that he is startled if he discovers that his victims don’t share his
attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas
Today’s Uncle Tom doesn’t wear a handkerchief on his head. This modern, twentieth-century Uncle Thomas now often wears a top hat. He’s usually well-dressed and well-educated. He’s often the
personification of culture and refinement.
a social system with separate facilities for minority groups
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us that
segregation is when your life and liberty are controlled, regulated, by someone else.
characterized by intense emotion
It is a miracle that a nation of black people has so fervently continued to believe in a turn-the-other-cheek and heaven-for-you-after-you-die philosophy!
support through government grants
Why shouldn’t this white man who likes to think and call himself so good, and so generous, this white man who finances even his enemies—why shouldn’t he
subsidize a separate state, a separate territory, for we black people who have been such faithful slaves and servants?
moving in a twisting or snake-like or wormlike fashion
writhing in pain, his nose and eyes running, is pouring sweat from head to foot. He’s trying to knock his head against the wall, flailing his arms, trying to fight his attendants, he is vomiting, suffering diarrhea.
get over an illness or shock
Despite the fact that Mr. Muhammad,
convalescing, could no longer work the daily long hours he had previously worked in Chicago, he was now more than ever burdened with heavy decision-making and administrative duties.
mixed feelings or emotions
ambivalence was how some letters, otherwise all but championing Mr. Muhammad, would recoil at the expression “white devils.”
small opening between things
Listen to this: “The dynamic
interstices of the Harlem sub-culture have been oversimplified and distorted by Malcolm X to meet his own needs.”
marked by or showing unaffected simplicity
Where was the A-bomb dropped...“to save American lives”? Can the white man be so
naive as to think the clear import of this ever will be lost upon the non-white two-thirds of the earth’s population?
refusal to have commercial dealings with some organization
I’d get a question like this: “Mr. Malcolm X, you’ve often gone on record as disapproving of the sit-ins and similar Negro protest actions—what is your opinion of the Montgomery
boycott that Dr. King is leading?”
overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner
I’d say, “Now, just imagine that! This good, hard-working, Christian-believing black woman, she’s paid her money, she’s in her seat. Just because she’s black, she’s asked to get up! I mean, sometimes even for me it’s hard to believe the white man’s
dangerous to health
Is it clear why I have said that the American white man’s
malignant superiority complex has done him more harm than an invading army?
thunderous verbal attack
But I will tell you that, without any question, the most bitter anti-white
diatribes that I have ever heard have come from “passing” Negroes, living as whites, among whites, exposed every day to what white people say among themselves regarding Negroes—things that a recognized Negro never would hear.
to agree or express agreement
And this time the British
acquiesced and helped them to wrest Palestine away from the Arabs, the rightful owners, and then the Jews set up Israel, their own country—the one thing that every race of man in the world respects, and understands.
being of striking pertinence
What originally was planned to be an angry riptide, one English newspaper aptly described now as “the gentle flood.”
a partiality preventing objective consideration of an issue
How was a one-day “integrated” picnic going to counter-influence these representatives of
prejudice rooted deep in the psyche of the American white man for four hundred years?
subject to a playful joke
But inevitably, the black masses started realizing they had been smoothly
hoaxed again by the white man.
novel; having no earlier occurrence
And, inevitably, the black man’s anger rekindled, deeper than ever, and there began bursting out in different cities, in the “long, hot summer” of 1964,
unprecedented racial crises.
the intolerance and prejudice of a bigot
But I know that America’s five and a half million Jews (two million of them are concentrated in New York) look at it very practically, whether they know it or not: that all of the
bigotry and hatred focused upon the black man keeps off the Jew a lot of heat that would be on him otherwise.
an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group
And we see again that not
ideologies, but race, and color, is what binds human beings.
a degree or grade of excellence or worth
There was no exchange between us; Betty said nothing, being the
caliber of wife that she is, with the depth of understanding that she has—but I could feel the envelopment of her comfort.
following immediately and as a result of what went before
ensuing years, I’d had various kinds of evidence that a high percentage of New York City’s black people responded to what I said, including a great many who would not publicly say so.
a relationship of mutual understanding between people
I knew that the great lack of most of the big-named “Negro leaders” was their lack of any true
rapport with the ghetto Negroes.
unwilling to tolerate difference of opinion
These ghetto teen-agers see the hell caught by their parents struggling to get somewhere, or see that they have given up struggling in the prejudiced,
intolerant white man’s world.
in constant agitation
You let any of these bitter,
seething ghettoes all over America receive the right igniting incident, and become really inflamed, and explode, and burst out of their boundaries into where whites live!
move hesitatingly, as if about to give way
Though at times I’d made Ella angry at me, beneath it all, since I had first come to her as a teen-aged hick from Michigan, Ella had never once really
wavered from my corner.
And in everything I said to them, as long as we talked, they were aware of the yardstick that I was using to measure everything—that to me the earth’s most explosive and
pernicious evil is racism, the inability of God’s creatures to live as One, especially in the Western world.
a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility
The American Negro never can be blamed for his racial
animosities—he is only reacting to four hundred years of the conscious racism of the American whites.
without flaws or loopholes
As I spoke, I felt the subjective and defensive reactions of the American white students present—but gradually their hostilities lessened as I continued to present the
acting in bad faith
He said that behind the “diplomatic front” of every African U.N. official was recognition of the white man’s gigantic
duplicity and conspiracy to keep the world’s peoples of African heritage separated—both physically and ideologically—from each other.
a social policy of racial segregation
I said, “All of Africa unites in opposition to South Africa’s
apartheid, and to the oppression in the Portuguese territories."
information that is spread to promote some cause
I said I felt certain that the only reason black Africans—our black brothers—could be so silent about what happened in America was that they had been misinformed by the American government’s
occurring or increasing in an unrestrained way
“Yes, I have been convinced that some American whites do want to help cure the
rampant racism which is on the path to destroying this country!"
poor enough to need help from others
Our children are still taught to respect the violence which reduced a red-skinned people of an earlier culture into a few fragmented groups herded into
arousing to action or rebellion
I was, to hear him tell it, anti-American, un-American,
seditious, subversive, and probably Communist.
a union of interests or purposes among members of a group
Well, in the competitive American society, how can there ever be any white-black
solidarity before there is first some black
a person who claims the existence of God is unknowable
Since I learned the truth in Mecca, my dearest friends have come to include all kinds—some Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus,
agnostics, and even atheists!