When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.
Put your slippers way under your bed so when you get up in the morning, you have to get on your knees to find them. And while you’re down there, start your day with prayer. Ask for wisdom. Ask for understanding. I’m not telling you what religion to be, but work on your spirit. You know, mind, body, and spirit. Imagine—work the brain muscle. Keep the body in tune—it’s your temple. All things in moderation. Continue to search. That’s the best part of life for me—continue to try to be the best man.
“Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin Charcoal drawing| 35in. x 34in.
This is a Charcoal drawing on torn corrugated paper(cardboard) Inspired by the story of two young men who were murdered decades apart from each-other but who both died after a visit to the corner store.”
Harry Bliss submitted this sketch in 1997 in response to Mayor Giuliani’s reluctance to investigate the police who tortured Haitian immigrant Abner Louima — but, unfortunately, this picture stands the test of time and still resonates clearly today. [excerpted from Blown Covers]
wait, is this patriarchal bullshit from Malcolm X being presented without comment? why aren’t we talking about how this is some embedded patriarchal misogyny he’s presenting to other young men who will then use this information (and by “then use,” I mean “did use”) to control, manipulate, and oppress women of color?
I don’t know. I think if he was just straight up teaching patriarchal values to kids, it’d be presented in subtext, rather than explicitly. From my experience, the only time that this sort of thing is presented to explicitly is when someone’s critiquing patriarchy by pointing out the unwritten assumptions/equivalences that it grounds itself on.
I could be wrong. I don’t know enough about Malcolm X to say, and there was no context for the picture. I just mean…it’d be really weird if the OP was right here.
Honestly, Malcolm X just does not strike me as being pro-patriarchy, especially to this extent. Like it was said above, when someone uses these kinds of words and lays out patriarchy like this, it’s usually in a critique. Of course, I could be wrong, but I tried searching for this image, and I didn’t find a thing.
Malcolm instructs male N.O.I. members on husbandry and the role of the man in the family.
Artist: Gordon Parks
After leaving the nation, Malcolm eventually came to reject the sexism of conservative tradition. He was definitely for equality between men and women based off his last speeches and interviews. His last speeches supported the idea that a revolutionary society could exist only where the women of that society have broken the chains of male supremacy. Here’s a quote from a question he answered in writing the day before his assassination:
“In every Middle East or African country I have visited, I noticed the country is as ‘“advanced” as its women are, or as backward as its women. By this I mean, in areas where the women have been pushed into the background and kept without education, the whole area or country is just as backward, uneducated, and “underdeveloped.”
Where the women are encouraged to get education and play a more active role in the allaround affairs of the community and the country, the entire people are more active, more enlightened, and more progressive. Thus, in my opinion, the Muslim religious leaders of today must re-evaluate and spell out with clarity the Muslim position on education in general and education for women in particular. And then a vast program must be launched to elevate the standard of education in the Muslim world.
An old African proverb states: “Educate a man and you educate an individual; educate a woman and you educate an entire family.”