You don’t have to teach people how to be human. You have to teach them how to stop being inhuman.
In prison, those things withheld from and denied to the prisoner become precisely what he wants most of all.
I feel that I am a citizen of the American dream and that the revolutionary struggle of which I am a part is a struggle against the American nightmare.
I’ve gone beyond civil rights and human rights to creation rights.
What America demands in her black champions is a brilliant, powerful body and a dull, bestial mind.
History could pass for a scarlet text, its jot and title graven red in human blood.
The Twist was a guided missile launched from the ghetto into the heart of suburbia. The Twist succeeded, as politics, religion and law could never do, in writing in the heart and soul what the Supreme Court could only write on the books.
If a man like Malcolm X could change and repudiate racism, if I myself and other former Muslims can change, if young whites can change, then there is hope for America.
Everybody changes, not just me.
You’re either part of the solution or you’re part of the problem.