Date: Tue, 6 Jul 1999 16:10:47 -0700 (PDT)
Quote of the Day: Malcolm X
From Rashid M Sundiata, 6 July 1999
"...the campaign they have in Mississippi for [voter] registration is a good campaign. They're not trying to integrate, they're trying to get our people registered to vote, which is good, because it puts them in a position to strike right at the base of all of their misery. If our people down there are risking their lives so that they can register and be in a position to vote or have some say-so in their own destiny, what do you and I look like in New York City, with the registration booth only a few blocks away, and we haven't been in it?"
"And I say brothers, you're talking to a man who's guilty of this. I've never tried to take part in anything political. Couldn't see it. For one thing I was in a religious organization that was talking about something coming by-and-by. And anytime you start thinking about something by-and- by, you can't take hold of anything now-and-now or here-and-here. A lot of critics, civil rights persons, used to criticize us, especially me, for not being active in politics. They should be glad, because so many of them were shamming and jiving -- excuse the expression, but that's what they were doing. When we get involved, we're involved for keeps."
El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X)
[Taken from: Malcolm X, By Any Means Necessary, New York: Pathfinder Press, 2nd edition, 1992, p. 92]
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