30 Malcolm X Quotes On Education, Media And Police Brutality

30 Malcolm X Quotes On Education, Media And Police Brutality

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Malcolm X, a.k.a. Malcolm Little and el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz because he completed Hajj to Mecca. He was an African-American Muslim minister and also human rights activist who popularized the civil rights movement. He was imprisoned at the age of 21 for larceny and burglary and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He joined the Nation of Islam there and advocated for black separatism.

Malcolm X is a celebrated figure among African-Americans and Muslim Americans because of his pursuit of racial justice. Malcolm X day is celebrated in his honour on May 19 or on the third Friday of May. Many schools and colleges have been named after him. His assassination site has also been redeveloped as Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center in 2005.

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Malcolm X Quotes on Education

Malcolm X was an avid reader and always preached about the importance of education and reading. Let us read these Malcolm X quotes on education!

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”

Malcolm X
Source: By any means necessary

“Without education, you are not going anywhere in this world.”

Malcolm X
Source: By any means necessary

“My alma mater was books, a good library… I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.”

Malcolm X
Source: The Autobiography of Malcolm X

“The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

Malcolm X

“People don’t realize how a man’s whole life can be changed by one book.”

Malcolm X
Source: The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Malcolm X quotes on Education
“You can’t legislate good will – that comes through education.”

“Good education, housing and jobs are imperatives for the Negroes, and I shall support them in their fight to win these objectives, but I shall tell the Negroes that while these are necessary, they cannot solve the main Negro problem.”

Malcolm X

“The ability to read awoke inside of me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.”

Malcolm X
Source: The Autobiography of Malcolm X

“My homemade education gave me, with every additional book that I read, a little bit more sensitivity to the deafness, dumbness and blindness that was afflicting the black race in America.”

Malcolm X

“Education is an important element in the struggle for human rights. It is the means to help our children and thereby increase self-respect.”

Malcolm X
Source: By any means necessary

“And just because you have colleges and universities doesn’t mean you have education.”

Malcolm X
Source: By any means necessary
Malcolm X quotes on Education
“It is the process of mis-education that inhibits the full potential of a nation.”

“Read absolutely everything you get your hands on because you’ll never know where you’ll get an idea from.”

Malcolm X

“I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity. Because you can hardly mention anything I am not curious about.”

Malcolm X
Source: The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Malcolm X Quotes on Media

The media has been biased about the black and the white population of the U.S. Malcolm X fought against the racial segregation and biasness of media. Check out these Malcolm X quotes on media!

“The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”

Malcolm X
Source: The Awakening of Global Consciousness: A Guide to Self-Realization and Spirituality. Book by Dr. Jawara D. King

“The press is used to make it look like (the black man) is the criminal and (the police force is) the victim.”

Malcolm X
Source: “Malcolm X Speaks: Selected Speeches and Statements” edited by George Breitman

“I have no mercy or compassion in me for a society that will crush people, and then penalize them for not being able to stand up under the weight.”

Malcolm X
Malcolm X Quotes on Media
“Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the Gun down.”

“The white man, in his press, is going to identify me with ‘hate.'”

Malcolm X
Source: The Autobiography of Malcolm X

“If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”

Malcolm X

Malcolm X Quotes on Police Brutality

The police force always acts for the political party in power. So at that time, they used to oppress the black people and the Muslim population. Blacks and other minorities became victims of police brutality. Let us read these Malcolm X quotes on police brutality!

“I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.”

Malcolm X
Source: The Autobiography of Malcolm X

“It is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks.”

Malcolm X
Source: “Malcolm X Speaks: Selected Speeches and Statements” edited by George Breitman

“You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.”

Malcolm X
Source: Malcolm X on Afro-American History

“I believe it’s a crime for anyone who is being brutalized to continue to accept that brutality without doing something to defend himself.”

Malcolm X
Source: The Autobiography of Malcolm X

“I don’t even call it violence when it’s in self defense; I call it intelligence.”

Malcolm X
Source: By any means necessary

“If someone puts their hands on you make sure they never put their hands on anybody else again.”

Malcolm X

“Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.

Malcolm X
Source: “Message to the Grass Roots” (speech), Detroit, Mich., 10 Nov. 1963

“I don’t advocate violence; but if a man steps on my toes, I’ll step on his…”

Malcolm X
Source: The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Malcolm X Quotes on Police Brutality
“Power in defense of freedom is greater than power on behalf of tyranny and oppression.”

In 1964, he renounced the Nation of Islam publicly and grew disillusioned with its leader, Elijah Muhammad. After that, he founded Muslim Mosque, Inc. and the Organization of Afro-American Unity. His differences with the Nation of Islam intensified and he started receiving multiple death threats. He was assassinated in February 1965 and died due to gunshot wounds.

I hope these Malcolm X quotes have taught you the importance of education and how we should support the just treatment of everyone around us. Also you can check out these 50 Powerful Quotes by Barack Obama!

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