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On Malcolm X

From October 29, 2007:

“Am reading Malcolm X Speaks (George Breitman, Ed.) and while I feel awkward reading it and being white, I am captivated by the truth he speaks, which I imagine is why he was silenced. It is reminding me of what I have heard from Ward Churchill, and also of the slogan “speak truth to power”** I just read a good passage by Malcolm X, his analogy of the march on Washington to black coffee:

“It’s just like when you’ve got some coffee that’s too black, which means it’s too strong. What do you do? You integrate it with cream, you make it weak. But if you pour too much cream in it, you won’t even know you ever had coffee. It used to be hot, it becomes cool. It used to be strong, it becomes weak. It used to wake you up, now it puts you to sleep. This is what they did with the march on Washington. They joined it. They didn’t integrate it, they infiltrated it…

**I now think that this slogan is naive, after reading an article by Chris Floyd where he says:

I have always disliked this phrase “speaking truth to power” (although I’m sure I’ve lazily employed it myself on several occasions). No one needs to speak truth to power: power knows the truth well enough, it knows what it is doing, and to whom, and why. What we need, most desperately, are people who will speak truth about power, and speak it to people who might not have heard that truth through the howling cacophony of media diversion, corporate spin and political manipulation.”