Malcolm X says Sit-ins are for cowards and chumps; instead, you must stand up

Published On September 14, 2014 | By Admin | Black Power 60s, The latest posts

In this speech, Malcolm X is dropping the kind of wisdom that makes sense today, but seemed controversial 50 years ago.  He talks about the relevance of “sit-ins” and whether or not they are good strategies for achieving fairness and overcoming racism.

Malcolm says that if you have a sit-down philosophy, then you’re going to engage in sit-down behavior.  He says that rather than doing sit-ins and peaceful protests, African Americans should be ready to fight for what they believe in.  Rather than sitting down, he says that you should stand up.

He says that sitting castrates you.   According to Malcolm, “an old woman can sit, an old man can sit, a chump can sit, a coward can sit, anything can sit.  Well you and I have been sitting long enough, and it’s time today for to start doing some standing, and some fighting to back that up.”

Malcolm also says that black, brown, red and yellow people around the world are getting their independence, not by singing “We shall overcome.”  Instead, he claims that their freedom is coming through nationalism and fighting for the true spirit of freedom, as opposed to seeking integration.

Do you agree with Malcolm on this?  What has the civil rights movement given to black people and what freedoms would we have had we listened more carefully to Malcolm’s ideas?

Watch the video and tell us what you think.

 

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