it makes me sad to see how many black girls measure their attractiveness by how light their eyes are and how long their hair is :/
People wonder why there are no black astronauts or deepsea divers or jet pilots who are my age … well the reason is simple; black people didn’t train black children to be anything except Christians. My generation was deserted by its elders, left to be educated by the very same people who had enslaved us; and there we were, in a men’s toilet preparing ourselves to meet years ahead. And here we are now.
The white preachers, teachers, and the rest of them did their jobs really well. We could not compete with their form of life, we were too busy challenging death … and death wins. My generation was intellectually dead, spiritually dead, economically dead, politically dead and there was nobody around to give hope to the hopeless nor help to the helpless. So, in we plunged.” —
Taken from his book “From the Dead Level: Malcolm X and Me” (page 42). Hakim Jamal was a cousin of Malcom X who worked with him and was organized within Malcolm’s Organization of Afro-American Unity as well as in the Black Panther Party.(via disciplesofmalcolm)