BHM : Speech: The Ballot or the Bullet
February 26, 2011 § Leave a comment
The Ballot or the Bullet. My favorite speech of all time. An important thing to consider before reading is the time period in which he presented this and the current circumstances the community were under.
Wow, I have much to say about this speech, my reason for saving the best for last. Malcolm X presents this glorious speech at a church, why is that important? He puts aside religion and unites with others for the common good! I love that so much! Secondly, he dismisses the importance of politics and voting. People always ask me if I’m Republican or Democrat…I first ask why it matters, then tell ’em my political stance. The truth is it doesn’t matter! I was criticized for professing the (un)importance in voting. Also, I love the push for Black pride and business. I don’t see enough Black businesses but when I do, I love to support.
“Once you gain control of the economy of your own community, then you don’t have to picket and boycott and beg some cracker downtown for a job in his business.”
“The social philosophy of black nationalism only means that we have to get together and remove the evils, the vices, alcoholism, drug addiction, and other evils that are destroying the moral fiber of our community. We our selves have to lift the level of our community, the standard of our community to a higher level, make our own society beautiful so that we will be satisfied in our own social circles and won’t be running around here trying to knock our way into a social circle where we’re not wanted.”
Meditate on those paragraphs.
Wow. I hope this speech moves you this Black History Month and the rest of your lives!
It may be a long speech for those who aren’t used to reading, but I ensure you it’s life changing and motivating. Read up. BMF.
Click here for the transcript.