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MALCOLM X'S MESSAGE TO YOUTH

"One of the first things I think young people, especially nowadays, should learn is how to see for yourself and listen for yourself. Then you can come to an intelligent decision for yourself.

You’ll find that these guerrillas are young people. Some of them are just children and some haven’t yet reached their teens. Most are teenagers.

It is the teenagers abroad, all over the world, who are actually involving themselves in the struggle to eliminate oppression and exploitation.

In the Congo, the refugees point out that many of the Congolese revolutionaries are children. Because the revolutionaries are children, young people.

In these countries, the young people are the ones who most quickly identify with the struggle and the necessity to eliminate the evil conditions that exist.

And here in this country, it has been my own observation that when you get into a conversation on racism and discrimination and segregation.

You will find young people are more incensed over it--they feel more filled with an urge to eliminate it.

We’ve already issued a call for the students in the colleges and universities across the country to launch their own independent studies of the race problem in the country.

And then bring their analyses and their suggestions for a new approach back to us, so that we can devise an action program geared to their thinking.

The accent is on youth because the youth have less at stake in this corrupt system and therefore can look at it more objectively.

Whereas the adults usually have a stake in this corrupt system and they lose their ability to look at it objectively because of their stake in it. (Monthly Review)

It's impossible for capitalism to survive, primarily because the system of capitalism needs some blood to suck. Capitalism used to be like an eagle, but now it’s more like a vulture.

It used to be strong enough to go and suck anybody’s blood whether they were strong or not.

But now it has become more cowardly, like the vulture, and it can only suck the blood of the helpless. As the nations of the world free themselves, then capitalism has less victims, less to suck, and it becomes weaker and weaker.

It’s only a matter of time in my opinion before it will collapse completely."


Source: Malcolm X Talks to Young People

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