Contemplating "The John Brown School of Liberals"

We need allies who are going to help us achieve a victory, not allies who are going to tell us to be nonviolent. If a white man wants to be an ally, ask him what does he think of John Brown. You know what John Brown did? He went to war. He was a white man who went to war against white people to help free slaves. He wasn't nonviolent. White people call John Brown a nut. Go read the history, go read what all of them say about John Brown. They're trying to make it look like he was a nut, a fanatic. They made a movie on it - I saw a movie on the screen one night. Why, I would be afraid to get near John Brown if I go by what other white folks say about him.

But they depict him in this image because he was willing to shed blood to free the slaves. And any white man who is ready and willing to shed blood for your freedom - in the sight of other whites, he's nuts. As long as he wants to come up with some nonviolent action, they go for that. If he's liberal, nonviolent liberal, love-everybody liberal. But when it comes time for making the same contribution for your and my freedom that was necessary to make for their own freedom they back out of the situation. So when you want to know good white folks in history where Black people are concerned, go read the history of John Brown. That was what I called a liberal, a white liberal. But those other kind, they are questionable.

So if we need white allies in this country, we don't need those kind who compromise. We don't need those kind who encourage us to be polite, responsible, you know. We don't need those kind who give us that kind of advice. We don't need those kind who tell us how to be patient. No, if we want some white allies, we need the kind that John Brown was, or we don't need you.

And the only way to get those kind is to turn in a new direction.

~ Malcolm X, 1964
There are many white people in this country, especially the younger generation, who realise that the injustice that has been done and is being done to black people cannot go on without the chickens coming home to roost eventually. And those white people, even if they're not morally motivated, their intelligence forces them to see that something must be done. And many of them would be willing to involve themselves in the type of operation that your were just talking about.

For one, when a white man comes to me and tells me how liberal he is, the first thing I want to know, is he a nonviolent liberal, or the other kind. I don't go for any nonviolent white liberals. If you are for me and my problems - when I say me, I mean us, our people - then you have to be willing to do as old John Brown did. And if you're not of the John Brown school of liberals, we'll get you later - later.

~ Malcolm X, 1965

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  1. You need to post/link this on those so-called anti-racist sites

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  2. Oh, the tantrums that would erupt over there....

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  3. Oh, the tantrums that would erupt over there....

    But think of the huge lulz we'd get from them utterly exposing their blatant hypocrisy and how they're really just trying to assuage jacked consciences and trying to look good in front of their fellow progressive Whities. They don't really MEAN any of the bullshit they post, and they're damn sure not trying to do dick in the real world.

    Girl, I only read their shit for entertainment purposes only. I think I'm finally learning my lesson not to take so-called progressive White people seriously.

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  4. Oh Malcolm, this is why I love you.

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  5. "Get Hit."

    Nonviolence is advocated by the dominant group so they're/we're met with less resistance when they're/we're dicking people over. But we've got even ourselves convinced that nothing is worth "getting hurt" over.

    Even Gandhi, someone white Americans throw their drawers on the stage for, said that there was a use for violence. But white Americans choose to focus on the belief that he made all of his points and movements through nonviolence. That's a very convenient thing to teach people while your military is busy killing and beating the shit out of everyone, right? Don't have an uprising, be nonviolent like Gandhi was! Whatever makes oppression easier.

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  6. Malcolm called them out for what they were over 40 years ago and his words STILL ring true. This is why I make it my business, to go on youtube, and listen to him speak a few times a year.

    It's my sanity/reality check. Minister Malcolm is "The Word" for me in so many ways.

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  7. "Get Hit."

    My girl...you remembered!

    Even Gandhi, someone white Americans throw their drawers on the stage for, said that there was a use for violence.

    ROTFLOL

    That's a very convenient thing to teach people while your military is busy killing and beating the shit out of everyone, right?

    Right! Gotta love that hypocrisy!

    It's my sanity/reality check. Minister Malcolm is "The Word" for me in so many ways.

    Oh, honey...I feel you. All the way.

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  8. The Shirley Sherrod case shows that White liberals are a huge bunch of pussies anyways. They willingly threw a BW under the bus in order to show that they were unbiased. Turns out their asses were all wrong and they didn't even investigate the right-wing accusations against her in the first place. This shit reminds me and other BW too much of how shit goes down in real life on our jobs. Make a WW cry? No matter that whiny bitch pulled out the WWT (White Woman's Tears) in order to cover her ganchy ass saying some racist shit to the BW. The sista is the one reported, written up, suspended or fired.

    BW suffer a LOT under the "care" of White liberals.

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  9. @Witchsistah

    Sherry Sherrod's case has gone global. The world is having difficulty trying to sort out what kind of fucking messed up country America is. Good luck to them.

    That bitch Vilsack needs to be fired for embarrassing our President like this. When they say WP close ranks no matter what, they meant it.

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  10. The world is having difficulty trying to sort out what kind of fucking messed up country America is.

    Yes...well....

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  11. Even Gandhi, someone white Americans throw their drawers on the stage for, said that there was a use for violence. But white Americans choose to focus on the belief that he made all of his points and movements through nonviolence.

    Another victim of Santaclausification. They really like that image of him wearing nothing but his scrawny brown ass and a "diaper."

    Then again, whenever people bring up Gandhi or MLK, I always wonder, "If y'all loved him so much, why the fuck is he dead?"

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  12. @ Hateya

    Sherry Sherrod's case has gone global. The world is having difficulty trying to sort out what kind of fucking messed up country America is. Good luck to them.

    Are there any links we can get on that, btw?

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  13. @Ankhesen

    There are no links because I saw multiple discussions of this case on television. NHK's BS-1 broadcasts news from a couple of dozen countries daily (bi-lingual in the native language and Japanese). I don't get much news from the internet. It's significantly LESS trustworthy than the already less-than-stellar-reporting of the mainstream media.

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