Could it be that my circle is largely black and that it is why I am influential in black circles but not in white circles?
The Bush administration does not desire to see Islam practiced in its pristine purity.
As a result of that, America desires a moderate Islam; an Islam that America can control; an Islam that America can give direction to and give orders to its leaders.
A brother who recognizes that we have shortcomings, we, in the struggle, have faults, and that he wanted to reconcile differences.
I think that rather than condemning Islam, Islam needs to be studied by those who are sincere.
They should regard me as what I am. I am a spiritual leader and teacher.
I am not the same man I was 35 years ago. And I hope that five years and ten years from now, I’ll be a better man, a more mature man, a wiser man, a more humble man and a more spirited man to serve the good of my people and the good of humanity.
Black leadership has to recognize that principles more than speech, character more than a claim, is greater in advancing the cause of our liberation than what has transpired thus far.
I was never named in the early years as having anything to do with the assassination of Malcolm.
And I hope that five years and 10 years from now, I’ll be a better man, a more mature man, a wiser man, a more humble man and a more spirited man to serve the good of my people and the good of humanity.