They shot Malcolm in the chest front of his little seeds…” -RZA, Wu-Tang Clan
We are the ones upon whom water hoses are turned with pressure so hard that it rips the clothes from our backs– not men, but the clothes from the backs of women and children. You’ve seen it yourself. Only because we want to enforce what they call the law.
Well, any time you live in a society supposedly based upon law, and it doesn’t enforce it’s own law because the color of a man’s skin happens to be wrong, then I say those people are justified to resort to any means necessary to bring about justice where the government can’t give them justice. [Applause]” -Malcolm X
Today is the 46th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X/Al-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. During Black History Month or any month I encourage you to study more about the man, his thoughts, his actions and don’t forget to study more about his times. It’s important to have a little context to Malcolm X’s famous by any means necessary quote.
The minister had many sides. Here’s one of the Malcolm X’s I don’t think get celebrated enough, Malcolm X the Superb Debater. Instead of despising or celebrating his effect, listen to his words and his logic. In the clip below we also have Malcolm X abroad, in the United Kingdom participating in a debate at the Oxford Union on December 3, 1964.
“The topic of the debate was ‘Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is No Vice; Moderation in the Pursuit of Justice is No Virtue’, and Malcolm X argued the affirmative. Interest in the debate was so high that it was televised nationally by the BBC.” -wikipedia
He wows the crowd, makes them think and even makes them laugh. Just a few months later, while making a speech at the Audobon Ballroom in New York City, Malcolm X was gunned down in front of his children.