In Honor

This should be required reading for every black male in the country
“To have once been a criminal is no disgrace. To remain a criminal is the disgrace”
Malcolm X

Malcolm X is the most remarkable man in Black history…in my opinion. He was a man who asked only to be treated as a man, to be able to take care of his family as a man and to be equal to any other man on the planet. Simple.

I still listen to his speeches and they always inspire me to be a better person, to accept myself, and to respect where I came from and the people who struggled to make my life easier than theirs. That respect of the past is what I suspect most African-Americans are missing in 2011.

As invigorating as a Malcolm X speech makes me feel it also saddens me. Why are the troubles and concerns he had for the Black community in the sixties still so relevant in 2011? That is sad and a disgrace to all the men and women in his day and before him that died so we can have so much. Why do we have so many children in foster care, so many homes without fathers, drug addicted mothers, gang bangers and drug dealers in 2011? Because they only know X as a marketing symbol as they stand on a corner with a bag of weed in their pocket waiting for their next stint in lockup, if they knew him as a real men would they not be ashamed?  Many of us believe Jesus died for our sins but Malcolm, as many others of our leaders, died for our equality. We should honor them by being the men and women they wanted us to be:

Educated-because they wanted us to read and write and be leaders and not shy away from education like it was too good for us…how the hell could that be?

Productive citizens-if you can hustle on the street illegally you more than likely are able to hustle legally and build up businesses in your own community. So how about pulling the pants up on your hips properly, getting rid of all that bama keeping it real slang, put away that koolade hair dye, gold teeth, and snapping those legs close till he puts a ring on it? I’m just saying…

 HAPPY BIRTHDAY MALCOLM!

“I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.”
Malcolm X
“We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.”
Malcolm X
“How can you thank a man for giving you what’s already yours? How then can you thank him for giving you only part of what is yours?”
Malcolm X
“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.”
Malcolm X
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