Malcolm X

Celebrating Malcolm X’s 91st Birthday

Today, May 19, marks the 91st anniversary of the late civil rights leader El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, better known as Malcolm X. During his countless protests, speeches and other actions to push back against racism, Malcolm X became associated with the concept of Black liberation and revolution across the globe.

To honor the legacy and legend of Malcolm X, multiple stories have come out to speak on his impact on the world we now live in in the forms of either historical anecdotes or even tweets as a simple thanks.

Malcolm Taught Us: 7 Quotes From Malcolm X

By L.G. Parker

Most of us remember the first time we read The Autobiography of Malcolm X and tripped off his brutal honesty, how it woke something up in us. If not that, we remember in 2007 when KanYe claimed on Graduation that he was “I’m like the fly Malcolm X/buy any jeans necessary/Detroit Red, all cleaned up.” On this fiftieth year anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination, we celebrate his indistinguishable fire and passion for black liberation with these quotes.

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 1.     “If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”

 

2.      “So early in my life, I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise.”

 

3.     The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman, the most unprotected person in America is the Black woman, the most neglected person in America is the Black woman.” 

 

4.     “America is Mississippi. There’s no such thing as a Mason-Dixon line. It’s America. There’s no such thing as the South. It’s America.”

 

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5.     “Usually when people are sad, they don’t do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.”

 

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6.     “If you stick a knife in my back nine inches and pull it out six inches, there’s no progress. If you pull it all the way out that’s not progress. Progress is healing the wound that the blow made. And they haven’t even pulled the knife out much less heal the wound. They won’t even admit the knife is there.”

 

7.     “If not now then when, if not me then who?”

 

L.G. is a writer and Elixher Magazine contributor living in Virginia. Connect with her on Twitter at @posttragic

I’m Not Here For #CrimingWhileWhite and You Shouldn’t Be Either

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Last Wednesday, a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict 29-year-old Daniel Pantaleo, the White New York City cop who applied an illegal “chokehold maneuver” to Eric Garner’s chest and neck causing his death on July 17th. Immediately following the grand jury’s decision, well-meaning Whites took to Twitter to show an “act of solidarity” using the hashtag #CrimingWhileWhite. A simple Google search of the term yields stories from New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, and USA Today. But, doing the same for #BlackLivesMatter – a hashtag started by Black activists – yields strikingly different results. So, what does it say about solidarity when the rallying cry of this generation’s Selma gets less traction on social media and in the mainstream than White privilege confessions?

Nicki Minaj takes shot at Malcolm X’s daughter on new song

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Earlier this year, Nicki Minaj came under fire for using an iconic image of slain civil rights leader Malcolm X on her song cover.

Minaj borrowed an image of X peeping out of a window with a semi-automatic weapon that was captured approximately a year before his death.

The cover’s release for the song title, “Lookin’ A** Ni**a,” was mostly viewed as disrespectful to the historical figure’s legacy. But Minaj appears to not be phased. In fact, she calls out Malcolm X’s daughter in her latest song, “Chiraq.” 

Nicki Minaj apologizes for depiction of Malcolm X in cover art for single

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Yesterday musician Nicki Minaj found herself in the middle of controversy over her choice of photo to promote her single.

The artwork for Minaj’s song, “Lookin’ Ass Ni**a” is a reproduction of the iconic photograph of Malcolm X, rifle in hand, looking out of the window of his Queens home, with the song’s title on the left side of the image.

A fire storm erupted after the cover went viral, and Minaj took to Instagram to apologize for her choice. 

School bans students from writing about Malcolm X

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Parents of students attending a New York school are outraged after finding out their children were banned from writing about iconic civil rights leader Malcolm X. 

The assignment, given to fourth graders attending Public School 201 in Flushing, did not permit students to write about X because he was “violent” and “bad.”