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The true Islam has... The true Islam has shown me that a blanket indictment of all white people is as wrong as when whites make blanket indictments against blacks.
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The white man is... The white man is afraid of truth… I’m the only black man they’ve ever been close to who they know speaks the truth to them. Its their guilt that upsets them, not me.
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The white man made... The white man made the mistake of letting me read his history books. He made the mistake of teaching me that Patrick Henry was a patriot and George Washington - wasn't nothing non-violent about old Pat or George Washington.
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The White man pays... The White man pays Reverend Martin Luther King so that Martin Luther King can keep the Negro defenseless.
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The white man, in... The white man, in his press, is going to identify me with 'hate.'
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There can be no... There can be no black-white unity until there is first some black unity. We cannot think of uniting with others, until after we have first united among ourselves. We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.
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There is no better... There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.
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There is no more... There is no more apartheid in South Africa than in the United States.
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There is nothing in... There is nothing in our book, the Koran, that teaches us to suffer peacefully. Our religion teaches us to be intelligent. Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery. That’s a good religion.
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They put your mind... They put your mind right in a bag, and take it wherever they want.
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Time is on the... Time is on the side of the oppressed today, it’s against the oppressor. Truth is on the side of the oppressed today, it’s against the oppressor. You don’t need anything else.
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To have once been... To have once been a criminal is no disgrace. To remain a criminal is the disgrace.
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Truth is on the... Truth is on the side of the oppressed.
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Usually when people are... Usually when people are sad, they don’t do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.
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We are nonviolent with... We are nonviolent with people who are nonviolent with us.
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We are not anti-white.... We are not anti-white. But we don't have time for the white man. The white man is on top already, the white man is the boss already... he has first-class citizenship already. So you are wasting your time talking to the white man. We are working on our own people.
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We black men have... We black men have a hard enough time in our own struggle for justice, and already have enough enemies as it is, to make the drastic mistake of attacking each other and adding more weight to an already unbearable load.
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We cannot think of... We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.
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We declare our right... We declare our right on this earth to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary.
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We didn’t land on... We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Rock landed on us.
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We do not condemn... We do not condemn the preachers as an individual but we condemn what they teach. We urge that the preachers teach the truth, to teach our people the one important guiding rule of conduct – unity of purpose.
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We Muslims believe that... We Muslims believe that the white race, which is guilty of having oppressed and exploited and enslaved our people here in America, should and will be the victims of God's divine wrath.
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We who follow the... We who follow the Honorable Elijah Muhammad feel that when you try and pass integration laws here in America, forcing white people to pretend that they are accepting black people, what you are doing is making white people act in a hypocritical way.
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We won't organize any... We won't organize any black man to be a Democrat or a Republican because both of them have sold us out. Both of them have sold us out; both parties have sold us out. Both parties are racist, and the Democratic Party is more racist than the Republican Party.
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We’re not Americans, we’re... We’re not Americans, we’re Africans who happen to be in America. We were kidnapped and brought here against our will from Africa. We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock – that rock landed on us.
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What I want to... What I want to know is how the white man, with the blood of black people dripping off his fingers, can have the audacity to be asking black people, 'Do they hate him?' That takes a lot of nerve.
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What is a Dixiecrat?... What is a Dixiecrat? A Democrat. A Dixiecrat is nothing but a Democrat in disguise.
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When a person places... When a person places the proper value on freedom, there is nothing under the sun that he will not do to acquire that freedom. Whenever you hear a man saying he wants freedom, but in the next breath he is going to tell you what he won’t do to get it, or what he doesn’t believe in doing in order to get it, he doesn’t believe in freedom. A man who believes in freedom will do anything under the sun to acquire or preserve his freedom.
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When ghetto living seems... When ghetto living seems normal, you have no shame, no privacy.
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When we say Afro... When we say Afro American, we include everyone in the Western Hemisphere of African descent. South America is America. Central America is America. South America has many people in it of African descent.
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When we see that... When we see that our problem is so complicated and so all-encompassing in its intent and content, then we realize that it is no longer a Negro problem, confined only to the American Negro; that it is no longer an American problem, confined only to America, but it is a problem for humanity.
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White America is in... White America is in the minority.
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Without education, you are... Without education, you are not going anywhere in this world.
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Without education, you’re not... Without education, you’re not going anywhere in this world.
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Yes, I’m an extremist.... Yes, I’m an extremist. The black race… is in extremely bad condition. You show me a black man who isn’t an extremist and I’ll show you one who needs psychiatric attention!
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You can’t hate the... You can’t hate the roots of a tree and not hate the tree. You can’t hate Africa and not hate yourself.
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You can’t legislate good... You can’t legislate good will – that comes through education.
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You can’t separate peace... You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.
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You can't hate the... You can't hate the roots of a tree and not hate the tree. You can't hate Africa and not hate yourself.
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You can't legislate good... You can't legislate good will - that comes through education.
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You can't separate peace... You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.
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You don’t have to... You don’t have to be a man to fight for freedom. All you have to do is to be an intelligent human being.
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You don't have a... You don't have a peaceful revolution. You don't have a turn-the-cheek revolution. There's no such thing as a nonviolent revolution.
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You don't have to... You don't have to be a man to fight for freedom. All you have to do is to be an intelligent human being.
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You have to realize... You have to realize that up until about 1959, Africa was dominated by the colonial powers. And by the colonial powers of Europe having complete control over Africa, they projected Africa always in a negative light - jungles, savages, cannibals, nothing civilized.
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You show me a... You show me a capitalist, and I’ll show you a bloodsucker.
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You’re not to be... You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.
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You're not supposed to... You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it.
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You're not to be... You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.
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