Victims of racism are created in the image of racists. When the victims struggle vigorously to protect themselves from violence of others, they are made to appear in the image of criminals; as the criminal image is projected onto the victim. The recent situation in the Congo is one of the best examples of this. The headlines were used to mislead the public, [to create] wrong images. In the Congo, planes were bombing Congolese villages, yet Americans read that American-trained Anti-Castro Cuban pilots were bombing rebel strongholds. These pilots were actually dropping bombs on villages with women and children. But because the tags ‘American trained’ and ‘Anti-Castro Cubans’ were applied, the bombing was legal. Anyone against Castro is all right. The press gave them a ‘holier than thou’ image. And you let them get away with it because of the labels. The victim is made the criminal. It is really mass murder-murder of women, children, and babies. And mass murder is disguised as a humanitarian project. They fool nobody but the people of America. They don’t fool the people of the world, who see beyond the images.
Malcolm X speaking at Harvard, December 16, 1964.
Taken from “Malcolm X: Speeches at Harvard” (pages 165-166)