Malcolm X, from The Ballot or the Bullet:
"So today, though Islam is my religious philosophy, my political, economic and social philosophy is black nationalism. ...
The political philosophy of black nationalism only means that if you and I are going to live in a black community – and that's where we're going to live, 'cause as soon as you move into one of their….soon as you move out of the black community into their community, it's mixed for a period of time, but they're gone and you're right there all by yourself again.
We must, we must understand the politics of our community and we must know what politics is supposed to produce. We must know what part politics play in our lives. And until we become politically mature, we will always be misled, led astray, or deceived or maneuvered into supporting someone politically who doesn't have the good of our community at heart.
So the political philosophy of black nationalism only means that we will have to carry on a program, a political program, of reeducation – to open our people's eyes, make us become more politically conscious, politically mature. And then, we will – whenever we are ready to cast our ballot, that ballot will be cast for a man of the community, who has the good of the community at heart.
The economic philosophy of black nationalism only means that we should own and operate and control the economy of our community. You would never have found—you can't open up a black store in a white community. White man won't even patronize you. And he's not wrong. He got sense enough to look out for himself. It's you who don't have sense enough to look out for yourself".
Read the BLM-Sac update below and get your Malcolm X playlist and other educational resources to learn about, or teach, Malcolm X's legacy. DON'T SLEEP on our party invitation for this Saturday (May 19) at McClatchy Park to celebrate Malcolm! Read more below.
I'm sure I'm not the only one who reads or hears words from past leaders about the state of black lives 50 years ago, 100 years ago, 200... and feels like we're STILL fighting the same struggle. As the revolutionary's mantra goes: "The struggle continues".
This week, Black Lives Matter Sacramento wants to take time and reflect on the life and wisdom of Malcolm X, who was born today, May 19 in 1925.
Black Lives Matter Sacramento honors Malcolm's legacy in our everyday work. When Incite Insight was first invited to join the Black Lives Matter Network in November 2015, the very first issue we confronted was the murder of Adrienne Ludd, whose murder by Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies was effectively swept under the rug, until his family reached out to us.
We began to make it our mission to make sure Sacramento knows what happened to Adrienne. We demand transparency and accountability of all law enforcement agencies in Sacramento, from the *elected* Sheriff to the city police department, who is hired by our *elected* city council, the same department that very recently murdered Dazion "Jerome" Flenaugh.
We have just begun our door to door canvassing, starting in Oak Park, and we will continue all summer leading up to Black August (stay tuned!). We decided to start canvassing because, as we attended various city meetings, we quickly discovered that decisions are being made about people's every day lives... without the input of communities of color, the very ones who will be most impacted by these decisions. And that impact, more often than not, is negative. We all need to be in those rooms- and we need to show up deep- because as the saying goes: "If you're not at the table... you're on the menu. " Truer words, never spoken.
We want to connect more and more community members to their right to have voice in shaping the city, county, state and nation where they work, love, raise families, and pursue their dreams. Join us this Saturday at the park and erry'day, building on Malcolm's legacy. The Struggle Continues!
THIS COMING SATURDAY (May 21) we will be celebrating Malcolm and the ways that he woke us up, at McClatchy Park in Oak Park. We will be grilling and sharing; bring some sides for yourself and your family, and help yourself to our BBQ. It's just going to be a chill BBQ, with music, conversation, (anybody got cards or Dominoes?), and activities for the kids. I hear there will be CAKE- it is a birthday party, after all!
Learn and/or Teach about Malcolm's Legacy:
- Zinn Education Project might be the woke-est website on the internet. Here's their stash of history on Malcolm X, including kid-friendly resources: http://zinnedproject.org/tag/malcolm-x/
- This Blog post includes full transcript of the "Ballot or the Bullet" speech, as well as a link to the audio of Malcolm delivering the speech: http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/blackspeech/mx.html
- Buy the classic and read Malcolm in his own words as told to Alex Haley, yep, that Alex Haley: http://www.powells.com/book/autobiography-of-malcolm-x-9780345350688/2-13
- Malcolm himself, telling it like it "t" "i" IS: