Be nice to the whites, they need you to rediscover their humanity.
America is as much a black country as a white one. The lives and destinies of the white American are bound up inextricably with those of the black American.
The black artist’s role in America is to aid in the destruction of America as he knows it.
My own thinking has evolved. You find Africanisms in American speech. You find an African influence on United States culture. There are all kinds of Africanisms in America, as you would expect, if you really thought about it… That whole thing is much broader; the influence is much broader than I first understood.
To name something is to wait for it in the place you think it will pass.
The God who existed before any religion counts on you to make the oneness of the human family known and celebrated.
The major poets of New Jersey have all suffered, whether it’s Whitman, who lost his job for ‘Leaves of Grass,’ or William Carlos Williams, who was called a communist, or Ginsberg, whose ‘Howl’ was prosecuted, or myself. If you practise poetry the way I think it needs to be done, you’re going to put yourself in jeopardy.
What is black empowerment when it seems to benefit not the vast majority but an elite that tends to be recycled?
We should understand the impact that Malcolm had on the whole of American society.
We live on the leash of our senses.