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Reply to "Nationalism VS Assimilation"

January 24, 1965. Malcolm X Speaks at OAAU Rally on Afro-American History. Listen to this Speech its on Malcolm x: A Research site.

I'm a Black Nationalist, in the Tradition of Malcolm, Nkrumah, Seku Ture, Patrice Lumumba, CLR James, and George Patmore and of course John Henrike Clarke Amos Wilson among others. I believe in African peoples uniting institutionally all around the world. I believe there can be no liberation for an African anywhere if the African Continent isn't free. I believe we have to raise our oppression here in the Americas as a question of "Human Rights" not Civil Rights. This will allow us to connect with the Global struggle for true liberation and Justice. We can never expect the very same system that enslaved us to make us free. Some people try to minimize the ability of African people uniting on a global scale around central issues pertaining to us. I don't believe all blacks in the world should just up and flock to the Continent, but I do think a core group should start migrating there building grassroots connections expanding our economic possibilities while at the same time the Africans in the Diaspora should insure they invest lobby and support Africans development. Of course we have to deal with the political economic system we are all in, but we can come together intelligently to uplift ourselves on a global scale. If you study the Africans from the different parts of the Diaspora, the problems they are facing are the very same problems we as Africans in America are facing. We have been systematically put in a position of perpetual second-class citizenship all around the world. Instead of trying to unite with every other group I believe our primary focus should be on African peoples. It all goes back to the question that was posed here before. "Who are you" African, African-American, Negro, Colored or Simply black. Whatever you consider yourself, dictates your worldview. I see myself as simply African. I have a circle of African brothers and sistas from virtually all over the world. We support one another we strategize together and I see this as the future of African people. Of course there are these Assimilations that put all their faith in this White Supremacist system and truly believe these Europeans will somehow change. I'm not one of those. I believe in using any means necessary to ensure our survival as a people. So what kind of nationalist am I" I am a BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY NATIONALIST whose whole purpose is to reverse "The Destruction of Black Civilization
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