The Movement at Hand. Book Review and Summation of Manning Marable’s ‘Malcolm X.’

16 02 2017

The Avid Fan

Book Review and Summation of Manning Marable’s ‘Malcom X.’

“The police in Harlem, their presence is like occupying forces, like an occupying army.”  Malcolm linked the African-American struggle to the Chinese and Cuban revolutions.  “The people of China grew tired of their oppressors and rose up.  They didn’t rise up nonviolently.  When Castro was up in the mountains in Cuba, they told him the odds were against him.  Today, he’s sitting in Havana and all the power this country has can’t remove him.”

“All the countries that are emerging today from under colonialism are turning toward socialism.  I don’t think it’s an accident.”  He made the connection between racial oppression and capitalism, saying, “It’s impossible for a white person to believe in capitalism and not believe in racism.”  Those committed to racial equality are mostly socialist.  During Malcom’s time, the Black Freedom Movement had focused on legal rights and legislative…

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