Malcolm X Interview, 1965

  • Malcolm X: Instead of legislation, in my opinion, it takes education. The whites ought to be re-educated so that the racism that they have in their hearts can be eliminated, and our people have to be re-educated so that we will know how to do something for ourselves instead of waiting for others to do it for us all the time. They[the press] can make the American public love whom they will and hate whom they will. And that same process can be used to re-educate the American public and show white people how to love Black people and show Black people how to stand on our own two feet and solve our own problems.
  • Interviewer: Do you think the civil rights bill, when it's passed, is a sign for better times for Negroes in this country?
  • Malcolm X: No. As I said before, the legislation won't solve our problem. New York City has all of the laws, and still there's job discrimination in its city. That type of law hasn't solved the problem. And it's the same with the segregated educational system. It exists here the same as it exists in the South. Now, the law here is on the side of an integrated school system, but you still don't have an integrated school system.
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