Malcolm X: Message To the Grassroots

malcolm_speakingThe famous speech, “A Message to the Grassroots,” by Malcolm X has caught my attention as a great speech that youth need to hear.

In the speech, he speaks about Black people’s mentality traced back all the way to slavery. He speaks of house Negroes and field Negroes as two different people that have two opposite views on their existence and role. A house Negro is a Black person who is clearly mistreated and held captive but has the mindset that their maltreatment is normal or called for. On the other hand, field Negroes were historically treated worse, hated, despised and fought against the master.

Comparing that to his current time period, Malcolm connected slave and house Negroes with the “Uncle Toms” that he considered to be the Negro leaders at the time. He defined the Uncle Tom as the one who the white slave master dressed up  so other slaves would look up to him. He would convince the other slaves to calm down their uprising and keep people from uniting or running away.

He likened that character to leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Whitney young and other who were around at the time spreading a message of integration and “suffering peacefully”. He told of documents that showed those same leaders partnering up with white millionaires and getting paid to be in the spotlight and have the media at their disposal. He felt that the white influence on the march on Washington weakened the revolutionary stance and thus turned out to be a circus.

This speech is valuable not only because of the wisdom that Malcolm drops but also because of the history and knowledge he shares about the psychology that Black people  have towards one another and with themselves.

I chose to use excerpts from this speech for the same reason. I felt that Malcolm’s powerful and intelligent speech would be even stronger with some hard hiphop drums coupled with a soulful sample. When listening, don’t just bob your head to the beat; listen to the words just as you would any great song and use those words to secure your freedom.
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4 responses to “Malcolm X: Message To the Grassroots

  1. Malcolm x was one of the best man that ever walked on Earth, and left us with breathtaking uplifting messages. It is up to us to continue his work or els his death didnt mean nothinng he Died for Americans for negros, even for whites, poor, rich people because he died for PEACE and LOVE.
    The world is in our hands and we are squeezing it to death wake up America. More guns is more war and more war is more death . I am not an American and proud to be an African an Angolan. Lets stand and fight together and speak in one voice and fight the good fight Malcolm x died for freedom Nelson Mandela risked his Family life and his life for Freedom Martin Luther King risked his life for Freedom, Rosa Parks . And a hated man in Angola Called Savimbi once Said a true Citizen is the one that loves his country and is prepared to Die for his Country. And I believe those that die for a good cause have a present waiting for them somewhere in heaven.

  2. Are you people not tired of being lied to by these so called Leaders Government Kings and President.
    I am. If you are with me, her is my e-mail lets make a change it doesnt have to be a big one but a life saving one. For Freedom.

  3. Malcolm x was one of the best man that ever walked on Earth, and left us with breathtaking uplifting messages. It is up to us to continue his work or else his death didn’t mean nothing he Died for Americans for Negros, even for whites, poor, rich people because he died for PEACE and LOVE.
    The world is in our hands and we are squeezing it to death wake up America. More guns is more war and more war is more death . I am not an American and proud to be an African an Angolan. Lets stand and fight together and speak in one voice and fight the good fight Malcolm x died for freedom Nelson Mandela risked his Family life and his life for Freedom Martin Luther King risked his life for Freedom, Rosa Parks . And a hated man in Angola Called Savimbi once Said a true Citizen is the one that loves his country and is prepared to Die for his Country. And I believe those that die for a good cause have a present waiting for them somewhere in heaven.

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