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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.* * *
The audience, which included many students originally from Africa and Asia, greeted Malcolm's remarks with enthusiastic applause.
Two months later, they killed him.
But, here he is 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 others 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, the most effective and preferred mechanism they use to control the rest of us 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 or 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 to.
"It is a time for martyrs now, and if I am to be one, it will be for the cause of brotherhood. That's the only thing that can save this country."--Malcolm X, two days before he was assassinated
BROTHERHOOD and the will to fight for it is the only thing that can save our world.