During the civil rights movement Malcolm X was a radical black man. He was a "Black Muslim". A member of the Nation of Islam. The Malcolm of the pre-Civil Rights Act period was much like Minister Farrakhan is today. While MLK promoted non-violent resistance, Malcolm promoted racial equality by any means necessary.
Republicans today like to promote the notion that it was the Democratic Party that has always supported slavery, racial discrimination and the KKK, and that the Republican Party is the party of Lincoln, who led the fight to abolish slavery. Well, Republicans of today are PARTIALLY right.
Where they are wrong is the use of the word, "always". During my sixty-five years on planet Earth, I have learned that very few things are "always" true.
After signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, President Lyndon Johnson predicted that the Democratic Party would lose the south for a generation. Before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 the political south was solidly Democrat and white. But the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became law 101 years after the Emancipation Proclamation and 98 years after the first civil rights act, the Civil Rights Act of 1866.
History tells us that the United States of America was built on two primary principles, religion and racism. The first English colonists came to the new world seeking the freedom to practice religion in a manner that was not controlled by the government. Freedom of religion was why the Constitution established a wall of separation between the church and the state. Ironically, some people today, seek to tear that wall down, while seeking to erect a physical wall to keep some people out of this country.
The other principle upon which the United States of America was founded is not mentioned in the Constitution. In fact the Constitution promotes the complete opposite of the other principle upon which the United States was founded. Malcolm X is remembered for saying in one speech that black people didn't land on Pymouth Rock, but the rock was landed on us.
In the speech below, Malcolm explains the difference between the politics of the majority of white people in the USA in the 1960s. Please don't get me wrong. A small minority of white people have promoted and indeed died to bring about racial equality throughout the history of this country. So I am not saying that all white people were racists, even in 1776. However, we cannot deny that the majority of white people in the USA have always been racists. There is that word, "always" again.
Today, over 95% of black people identify as political liberals or progressives. In reality, black people, like every other ethnicity are composed of liberals and conservatives, but also like most minorities, black people are almost entirely political liberals. The majority of white people on the other hand, identify as conservatives. Other than a desire to preserve or conserve white privilege, I am not quite sure what the political term, "conservative" means, but they call it "small government conservative", I suppose in contrast to "big government conservative".
In the speech below, Malcolm X explains his perception of the difference between white liberals and white conservatives in the 1960s. Malcolm is not in politics today, and he is not an activist. So when you listen to Malcolm's speeches, consider them in the context of life in the 1960s from the perspective of a black person. Also understand that as a "black Muslim" Malcolm X believed that all white people were devils, but before he was assassinated in 1968, as a Muslim, Malcolm had broken away from the Nation of Islam, and he believed that all humans are the same. Although Malcolm was probably right about white liberals in the 1960s. I think white liberals have evolved from where they were in the sixties to where today they seek equality for all people.
The relevance of this speech is the current structure of the Republican Party and the unwillingness of black people to fully participate in the democratic process in spite of the struggle our ancestors endured to allow us the right to do so.
I recently heard a pollster say that if 28% of blacks show up to vote in the special elections in Alabama on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, there is a good chance the Democrat, Doug Jones will win that senate seat. Since Doug Jones prosecuted a KKK member who bombed a church in Birmingham fifty years or so ago, one would think that is enough to persuade 100% of blacks to show up to vote on Tuesday. No one should have to entice black people to vote in this special election, or in any election for that matter, given the price that has been paid to allow us the right to vote.