“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.”
On the day of his assassination, Malcolm X was to deliver a speech about human rights and Revolutionary Pan Africanism and Internationalism. He was maligned by the mainstream for having the courage to call out the deceitful hypocrisy present in America...purporting integration but practising segregation, between blacks and whites. At least in South Africa, he said, they practised what they preached. He pursued the cause of liberating the Black man in American society instead of just 'integrating' the Black man into that society. This is an important distinction. He was also keenly aware of the importance of education and in particular, acknowledging the valuable role women play. During his travels to the middle east, he observed that the countries progressing the most were countries moving towards socialism and with a focus of liberating women. His legacy is that of a man who fought against all forms of oppression and whose values and messages could not be diluted nor bought.
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