Listen to Malcolm X explain why black people are erupting in Ferguson

Published On August 23, 2014 | By Admin | Black Power 60s, Politics, The latest posts, video

The situation in Ferguson, Missouri might have started two weeks ago, but the fires that fueled the explosion have been around for hundreds of years.  During this interview roughly 50 years ago, Malcolm X explains the deep distrust that blacks have for white governments and systems.   It was recently announced that the grand jury in the case of Officer Darren Ferguson is going to be mostly white, and people are concerned that the investigation is going to be foiled.

Malcolm also explains the use of government troops and military to squash black dissent when it occurs.  He says that when whites have gotten out of hand, the government very rarely uses the National Guard to control them.  But the black people in Ferguson have been at the receiving end of a very heavy-handed, militarized response from local, state and federal governments.

Malcolm also makes some interesting remarks about white liberals, particularly those in the Democratic Party, who claim to be able to help black people overcome “the race problem,” and most of them are unable to do so.  Every couple of years, a white democrat (or a black one, in the case of Obama) comes along and leads African Americans to the polls in droves with the expectation that their lives are going to get better.  Most of the time, nothing changes.  In this video, Malcolm is talking about John F. Kennedy, but he could have also been talking about President Barack Obama as well.

This video sounds as if Malcolm is describing the world right now, but he’s talking about the same problem that has occurred in many communities across America on many different occasions.  It certainly gives you a moment of pause.

You can listen below:

 

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