I have the people behind me and the people are my strength.
I think what motivates people is not great hate, but great love for other people.
There will be no prison which can hold our movement down.
The first book I ever really read was Plato’s ‘Republic,’ and then I had to go over that five times or something.
Malcolm X was the first political person in this country that I really identified with. If he had lived and not been purged, I probably would have joined the Muslims.
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.