A man with a message they don't want you to hear
December 3, 1964 - Malcolm X debates at the Oxford University Union, England (real audio)
The debate was televised to an audience of millions by the British Broadcasting Corporation. The proposition under debate was Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue, a statement made by Barry Goldwater in his 1964 speech accepting the Republican Party nomination for president of the United States.
Malcolm X was the fifth of six speakers, and the second of three who defended the above proposition.
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But, there he was in 1964 - a black Muslim man, in a time of overt racism, speaking before a predominately white audience, yet receiving a vigorous round of applause notwithstanding his fiery, revolutionary message.
He had discovered the key to our power, that is at once the secret to 'their' success.
As long as Malcolm was part of the black nationalist movement - essentially a domestic hate club - he was ineffective - nothing but a fly in 'their' soup; a mild nuisance to be dealt with through humor and dismissed out of hand.
But, when he traveled abroad and learned to identify with ALL human beings - no matter what color, or religion - making analogies and drawing parallels between conditions abroad and conditions at home; when his message became UNIVERSAL, he became an existential threat that had to be eliminated.
He finally understood their tricks, their trade - their whole kettle of lies and deceptions that for decades had kept people of simple means - of all races and religions - down, unable to fend for themselves or emerge from their squalid conditions.
Divide, Divide, Divide, and Conquer - they did it then and they do it now.
Who are 'they?'
They are those who see themselves as more deserving than any other of the fruits of this planet that we all inhabit, such that they are ready to lie, cheat and even kill to ensure that they get it. But, by far, their most effective and preferred mechanism of control is deception.
They trick us into accepting our fate by filling our minds with twisted logic - Up is Down, Right is Wrong, and before you know it, what's rightfully ours becomes legally theirs and we're extremists if we're willing to fight to get it back.
Malcolm may not have convinced his audience in 1964 , but he was and continues to be RIGHT.
Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice and moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue.
Those unwilling to risk their lives for liberty
and justice, will never know either liberty or justice because, throughout
history, never has an oppressor relinquished his power or control over
another without being forced.
--Malcolm X, two days before he was assassinated
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