pay up

Malcolm X at a meeting in Paris, November 23, 1964

  • “White interviewer: If it was our white ancestors who bought you and enslaved you, we are their children. We are the new generation. Why don’t you call us your brothers?
  • Malcolm X: A man has to act like a brother before you can call him a brother. You made a very good point, really, that needs some clarification. If you are the son of the man who had a wealthy estate and you inherit your father’s estate, you have to pay off the debts that your father incurred before he died. The only reason that the present generation of white Americans are in the position of economic strength that they are is because their fathers worked our fathers for over 400 years with no pay. For over 400 years we worked for nothing. We were sold from plantation to plantation like you sell a horse, or a cow, or a chicken, or a bushel of wheat. It was your fathers who did it to our fathers, and all of that money that piled up from the sale of my mother and my grandmother and my great-grandmother is what gives the present generation of American whites [the ability] to walk around the earth with their chest out; you know, like they have some kind of economic ingenuity. Your father isn’t here to pay his debts. My father isn’t here to collect. But I’m here to collect and you’re here to pay.”

    not that i agree with this rhetoric, since it’s the same rhetoric the serbs used to murder, rape, pillage, payback for what the turks did to them 600 years ago (occupy the balkans, without doing all of the above) to bosniaks living in bosnia now. and if using this rhetoric, what bosniaks in turn should do to them (and to croats who weren’t any better) 50 years from now in the genocide republic within Bosnia. so no, i don’t agree. but there is a point to be noted: “It was your fathers who did it to our fathers, and all of that money that piled up from the sale of my mother and my grandmother and my great-grandmother is what gives the present generation of American whites [the ability] to walk around the earth with their chest out; you know, like they have some kind of economic ingenuity.” don’t ever forget that. ever. every life, every soul, every deed. one person at a time. precious. valuable. if awake.

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