Sometimes if you want to get rid of the gun, you have to pick the gun up.
I didn’t get trained by the school system like other kids, and when I did concentrate on learning, my mind was cluttered and locked by the programming of the system.
There’s no reason for the establishment to fear me. But it has every right to fear the people collectively – I am one with the people.
My mother and my father have been married 50 years, and he’s just started to understand that something’s wrong with the system. He accepted the whole thing, you see. Yet this industrious kind of engagement didn’t bring him the success, according to American terms, that he wanted. I was probably affected by this very much. In fact, I know I was.
The policemen or soldiers are only a gun in the establishments hand. They make the racist secure in his racism.
The revolution has always been in the hands of the young. The young always inherit the revolution.
You can tell the tree by the fruit it bears. You see it through what the organization is delivering as far as a concrete program. If the tree’s fruit sours or grows brackish, then the time has come to chop it down – bury it and walk over it and plant new seeds.
The first lesson a revolutionary must learn is that he is a doomed man.
Black Power is giving power to people who have not had power to determine their destiny.
I do not expect the white media to create positive black male images.