Malcolm X: “Message to the Grass Roots”

(1963)

Document Text

America’s problem is us.… The only reason she has a problem is she doesn’t want us here. And every time you look at yourself, be you black, brown, red, or yellow—a so-called Negro—you represent a person who poses such a serious problem for America because you’re not wanted. Once you face this as a fact, then you can start plotting a course that will make you appear intelligent, instead of unintelligent.

What you and I need to do is learn to forget our differences. When we come together, we don’t come together as Baptists or Methodists. You don’t catch hell ’cause you’re a Baptist, and you don’t catch hell ’cause you’re a Methodist. You don’t catch hell ’cause you’re a Methodist or Baptist. You don’t catch hell because you’re a Democrat or a Republican. You don’t catch hell because you’re a Mason or an Elk. And you sure don’t catch hell ’cause you’re an American; ’cause if you was an American, you wouldn’t catch no hell. You catch hell ’cause you’re a black man.… All of...


Source: Reprinted courtesy of the family of Malcolm X. Malcolm X is a trademark of the Family of Malcolm X / www.CMGWorldwide.com.

Image for: Malcolm X: “Message to the Grass Roots”

Malcolm X (Library of Congress)

View Full Size