Watch Malcolm X Discuss How Real Men Protect Women

I have never seen this portion from his 1962 Los Angeles speech before, because one of the more widely used excerpts is his question about black self-hatred. And while we can follow the timeline of his life and work trajectory (this was pre-fallout with NOI), his words do still ring true. This is why I do so enjoy watching and reading his speeches, because his clarity was unparalleled.

I decided to tack the excerpt on as well. Many people are acting surprised about why certain hair-hiding and perpetual wig-wearing black women educators and comedians have publicly bashed their own blackness and that of other black girls and women by negatively reacting to the natural state of our hair. This isn’t new and it didn’t start with women. This attitude is reinforced by patriarchy and whether it originated around the time enslavement was legal in this country does not excuse it’s wide-use today.

It’s been interesting to distantly watch the “shock and awe” of it all, but I can’t help but think how this seems to be an overreaction to the earlier and continued silence when the ones bashing black girls and women are black males. Today, the main problem is not white dominance, but black disloyalty. The last time I checked, they still have careers supported by many of the ones feeling “outraged”. At least that comedian apologized…but still. I wouldn’t break out the champagne just yet. While there’s been a rallying support for the grade-school child that was so viciously treated by her principal, what about all the other black girls who hear this negativity reinforced in their home and “community” every day?

Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair? Who taught you to hate the color of your skin to such extent that you bleach to get like the white man? Who taught you to hate the shape of your nose and the shape of your lips? Who taught you to hate yourself from the top of your head to the soles of your feet? Who taught you to hate your own kind? Who taught you to hate the race that you belong to so much so that you don’t want to be around each other?


Here’s the FULL speech to watch in its entirety.

9 Replies to “Watch Malcolm X Discuss How Real Men Protect Women”

  1. @Shaylah I see where there could be a tipping point for many black women, but I'd love to see more obviously. I've noticed more propaganda meant to lull a few who've awoken outside the Matrix, but my main concern is getting knowledge and tools into the consciousness of young girls along with opportunities.

    1. Black women's next step is to create their own media and their own businesses using the helpful suggestions by people like Khadija. I've read on some sites how black women still think buffoonery loving channels that I remember from the US like WB and UPN will do right by them and keep begging them to 'keep the black women characters going' just like they beg fashion designers, fashion magazines etc. to use more black models. Plus black women need to portray themselves in more tasteful and feminine ways as has been suggested on a couple of 'femininity' blogs made by BW for BW that I have seen up but have recently stopped or similar sites.

      Black women from the 80s and earlier decades promoted and accepted more beautiful, feminine, respectful and elegant images of themselves that were not disfiguring than they did from the 90s onward. It helped that there were more black women on the catwalks in the 70s and 80s than now, especially for YSL and the Fashion Fair show, but YSL and Eunice Johnson died and those days are over. We have to own and create those positive images of black women again if we want them back again to stay.

  2. Every thing has a tipping point. Far too many black women sacrifice themselves and when it is all over, they get tossed like leftovers. I feel that now many Black women are not supporting things like they used to. The Arsenio Hall show has poor ratings. Many black men have taken for granted Black women for too long and now there is a shift, many Black women like their money in their pockets and like to exercise their options.
    Exercising their options not only in dating and but many are now pursuing their goals and dreams and not feeling guilty about it. I do find it kind of funny now that the Black women are making their exodus in masse. all of sudden Black men are getting aha moments in how Black women are the most unprotected and disrespected of women. Well too late because we need you in the heat of the battle not taking glory for something you did not partake in. I am glad to see that we are no longer co-sign to crap. I am starting to see more Black women getting healed and being made whole inside and out. More okey doke are sure to come on the seen so Black women utilize the boys scout motto, BE PREPARED!

  3. Malcolm X's book as well as some sensible reading material from more of the sensible members of the black intelligentsia are easily available and they have been for decades so black people need to stop reinventing the wheel and take some of that in.

    But I can only use my time to make sure that I take these things in and that my children do also when I have them.

  4. Self-improvement though is a big part of life and part of the reasons mediacal doctors and psychologists/psychotherapists exist as well as life coaches and of course higher education. But blacks got it into their heads 50 years ago that self-improvement and introspection shouldn't apply to black men specifically and especially because of Jim Crow, lynching, slavery and police brutality and that's CRAZY.

    Self-discipline, self-improvement and introspection are the things that can really help out everyone's life on this Earth regardless of their past. Asians and Latinos realize this and white Europeans had their feet on their necks also but it seems as though Malcolm X's memorable teachings became out of vogue with many black people as soon as those black baseball caps with the white X's on them became tired and un-trendy and as soon as Spike Lee's Malcolm X movie started approaching the five to 10 year age since its release! LOL

  5. Thank you Faith. Khadija did mention once that during Elijah Muhammad's speeches black people cheered along whenever he was putting down white people for what they did but that the black people started moaning and groaning during his speeches when he was suggesting to them what they should already have been doing and what they should do in the future.

    Black people think that no one, not even other black people, should suggest self-improvement after introspection especially not black men heck a lot of black people don't even want to give introspection a try!

    1. This is why I think people should try to get to the source material unfiltered and have their own experiences instead of being told what someone said or whom to like. When MLK died he was painted as a \”Commie Republican\”, something distorted and ridiculous. Now of course, he\’s lauded to the point of sanitizing everything about him. He made a valuable contribution, but he was a very flawed man. And the AA women who were the backbone of Civil Rights were put in an impossible situation where they unfortunately sacrificed too much: gender for race in the hopes the men would step up later. We see that did not happen and here we are.

      1. All of this reminds me of an article I read in The Daily Mail in the UK last year or earlier this year(?) which were excerpts from Joan Collins's (yes diva Alexis from Dynasty and she of the Cinzano ads on TV in the UK circa late 70s to early 80s) new autobiography which I found refreshingly honest, down to earth and full of common sense actually and not at all sensational. But obviously Joan showed the 'WWII' 1940s generation that she comes from which is understandable when she commented about the modern UK and stated "Why is everybody such a self-preservationist? Whatever happened to showing some community spirit?" etc. But I thought of this also as applied to black women: How can black women not apply some degree of self-preservation when everybody around them is? Black women will always be left behind if they don't apply some degree of that and just sacrifice themselves to others who they assume will help them up in return "eventually". "Eventually" when?

        1. I find myself asking if the majority still assume someone will help them in return. I want to say automatically -- yes -- but I\’m not so sure anymore. I DO think there\’s a stubbornness in still holding out, but it\’s not with the complete blinders on approach post-online activism and showing how real change cam occur. Either way, it\’s as it\’s always been: the few will move up far ahead of the pack.

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