Q & A, excerpts from Malcolm X “By Any Means Necessary”


Q. The first guy that was shot at the moment of the Independence war(revolutionary war) was a Negro.

A. He wasn’t shot for Negroes. He was shot for America don’t want to take anything away from Crispus Attucks, but he was shot. He was a slave. his people were slaves.

Q. He was a slave, perhaps, but not on his knees— on his feet.

A. Sir, you can take a dog–a big vicious dog–and sic him on somebody else and he’s fearless.

Example, no matter how fearless a dog is, you catch him out on the street, stomp your feet, he’ll run b/c you’re only threatening him! His master has never trained him how to defend himself; but that same dog, if you walk thru master’s gate, will growl & bite. Why will he growl & bite over there & not over here?

Over here he’s growling & biting for the defense of his master, but when his own interests are threatened he has no growl. Not only Crispus Attucks, but many of us died defending America. We defend our master. We’re the most violent soldiers America has seen when she sends us to Saigon, Korea, Vietnam, but when our mothers and our property are being attacked were non-violent. Attucks laid down his life for America, but would would he have laid down his life to stop the white man in America from enslaving Black people?

So, when you select heroes about which black children ought to be taught, let them be black heroes who have died fighting for the benefit of black people. We never were taught about Christophe or Dessalines. It was the slave revolt in haiti when slaves, black slaves, had the soldiers of Napolean tied down & forced them to sell one half of the American continent to the Americans Louisana purchase). They don’t teach us that. this is the kind of history we want to learn.


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