Blacks as 'Chumps': Words from Malcolm X

When I was a student at Western Michigan University in the late 1960s, every freshman had to take a reading class. Each week we read one book. Each week we were tested on that one book. There were no classes. Read a book . . . take a test. That’s my kind of education. I had a writing class that was similar. Write a paper. Slip it under the professor’s door on Tuesday. Meet with him personally on Thursday.

I remember three books from the reading class: E.M. Forster’s A Passage to India, Claude Brown’s Manchild in the Promised Land, and The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Memories of the other books are lost in the dark shadows of my mind.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X impressed me. It’s stuck with me for 44 years. You could see the change in the man, going from the hustler “Detroit Red” to a mature family man who came to realize that he had been duped by his religion and political promises. Malcolm would decry the way Blacks have become wards of the State. It was his goal to liberate Blacks from their past and the political promises for their future.

The text below is from a speech that Malcolm X gave during Lyndon Johnson’s administration. Some of the elements can be found in his famous “The Ballot or the Bullet” speech that he delivered on April 3, 1964 at Cory Methodist Church in Cleveland, Ohio:

The government itself has failed us, and the White Liberals who have been posing as our friends have failed us. Once we see that all these other sources to which we have turned have failed, we stop turning to them and start turning to ourselves.

You are the one who sent Kennedy to Washington. You’re the one who put the present Democratic administration in Washington, D.C. The Whites were evenly divided. It was the fact that you threw 80% of your votes behind the Democrats that put the Democrats in the White House. When you see this, you can see that the Negro vote is the key factor. And despite the fact that you are in a position to be the determining factor, what do you get out of it?

Democrats have been in Washington, D.C. only because of the Negro vote. They’ve been down there 4 years and all the legislation they wanted to bring up they brought up and got it out of the way, and now they bring up you. You put them first and they put you last, cause you are a chump (huge applause). A political chump.

In Washington, D.C. in the House of Representatives there are 257 who are Democrats. Only 177 are Republican. In the Senate there are 67 Democrats, only 33 are Republicans. The Party that you backed, controls two-thirds of the House of Representatives and the Senate and still they can’t keep their promise to you, ’cause you’re a chump.

Anytime you throw your political weight behind a political Party that controls two-thirds of the government and that Party can’t keep the promises it made to you during election time, and you are dumb enough to walk around and identify yourself with that Party, you are not only a chump but you are a traitor to your race.

You can hear more of the speech here:








Gary is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and earned his M.Div. at Reformed Theological Seminary in 1979. He is the author of countless essays, news articles, and more than 27 book titles.

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  • BONCARBO

    Everyone should read this. This is exactly why we, all people should not give one party complete control, evidence look at what the Obama has done, the blacks and other minorities have not gained any ground in their plight for equality, they have lost ground, Obama has not come through with his promises, he has broken every promise he has made. I hope someday we will all see the light at the end of the tunnel and do the right thing for this country.

  • fideux

    I still remember a speech by President (JFK) Kennedy when he stated, ” Ask not what your country can do for you; but what can I do for my country.” It’s sad that those words, that challenge, offered by a Great Democratic President (the last great one I might add) fell on so many deaf ears!
    The debts that Obama has incurred and the rate he’s giving stuff away is not sustainable. All too soon, there will be nothing left to hand out to anyone, including the folks who helped him get elected! What then, when there are no jobs, no food on the grocers shelves, and no money to buy food if it was available; how do you plan to survive? He wants to take away our right to protect ourselves yet last year, he purchased close to 1 1/2 billion rounds of high power ammunition ( that’s billion, with a “B”!) and has distributed it around the US to various agencies to kill people. If any group or ethnicity thinks they wouldn’t be a target if civil unrest starts up, you have another think coming. There have been numerous news reports of the likelihood of this occurring but no one has taken these warnings seriously. Everyone of every race and ethnicity would be well advised to OPEN YOUR EYES!

    • grassroot

      All designed to bring this country, and capitalism down. As his

      bosom buddy, bill ayers said, ” every morning I wake up saying to
      myself, today we destroy capitalism.” This from the domestic

      terrorist” in whose living room they planned his campaign.

    • dbur

      Ask yourself, When was the last time I heard a Democrat quote those words of JFK? Seems they’d rather compare themselves to Ronald Reagon that repeat those words.

  • http://www.survivingurbancrisis.com/ Silas Longshot

    Democrats playing blacks for chumps. FOR YEARS! And they STILL fall for it. What’s it take, man?

    • Patriot

      Can’t fix stupid! :)

    • Tells it like it is

      That’s the definition of a low information voter

    • Reflect

      You may free a slave, but he always remains loyal to his master. It was the democrats who were slave masters, and they not only want to keep it that way, but they want the Hispanics , and the whites as slaves also.

  • m123s

    M.X. was spot on then; Blacks then – 13% of the population. Nov.2012, Obama received over half the votes – in America. Now America should hear the chump speech. Not that it would do any good under our One Party System.

  • TAM44

    No they are welfare breeding scum is a much better description of them than chumps.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.beam1 ‘John Beam

    Malcolm X had at least three times the intelligence as Obama or anyone in his administration. His intelligence is probably why they killed him.

    • Conservativesniper

      No, he was killed by Nation of Islam members. He was an apostate to Elijah Muhammad. And muslim apostates are put to death. That’s why I think Obama is Muslim. And like Malcolm said in the speech, “and you are dumb enough to walk around and identify yourself with that Party, you are not only a chump but you are a traitor to your race.”. If I was a black man I couldn’t bring myself to vote for Obama, especially if I was Christian.

    • mogul264

      ANY time a black leader starts making waves and acting conservatively, he is swatted down. If he persists and really begins making inroads, he is KILLED! Malcom Shabazz (Malcom X’s REAL last name), Martin Luther King (a REPUBLICAN!) to name just two!

      These fought injustice to the black people, and were punished for it, NOT by the GOP, but by those who wanted them kept poor and angry, just to get votes, influence, and political money!

      Today, there are black ‘religious’ leaders (you know who they are!) who actively look for “incidents” (supposed racial attacks and insults} to ballyhoo and incite the gullible. Some even make outrageous statement to goad the blacks into civil demonstrations, apparently just to keep their names in the news! Remember the name, Tawana Brawley?

      This way, the black people are kept incensed and upset, outraged at the perceived slights. They believe these ‘reverends’ and ‘imams; actually are looking out for them, not realizing what phonies and shams they really are!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=552864368 Jay Jay Barr

        Its about the inciting and creating’useful instruments’ of the masses and masses of low informed voting block. The 24 hour news cycle only helps that -by overloading the airwaves with contradictory information and then those that can’t handle the overload tune out. And then glom onto the easiest sound bite that makes them feel something, and without further investigation, is taken as gospel truth. How do you combat that? Hopeless. Doomed.

        • beowulf32

          Stay informed about who your voting for, investagate them and there past, Obama was not vetted or his past they even went as far to hide his past until it was to late. You should always find out the person your voting for`s ” core belief`s ” then you will know who and what your dealing with.

  • Joanne

    It’s pretty obvious Obama only cares about votes, he’s just a do-nothinger that cares only for himself. Maybe someday the blacks will see through the democrat hypocrisy.

  • jvb1980808

    Reading his autobiography totally changed the way I thought of the civil rights movement. Malcolm had become a threat to his own leaders…formerly his puppet masters when he realized it wasn’t the white MAN who was the enemy but his own people who were manipulating blacks; to keep the black communities believing it was racial discrimination being perpetrated by whites that was behind ALL their misery. His own people murdered him to keep that truth hidden. And liberals are still at it today. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Rev. Wright are as dangerous today as they were when they took part in Malcolm’s murder…TO KEEP THE LIE ALIVE.

    • Patriot

      Just can’t fix stupid. Look how long blacks have been politically manipulated over the decades by the democrat party! Simply no excuse for human beings being so stupid and ignorant!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Orendorff/1398682199 John Orendorff

      Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Rev. Wright took part in Malcolm’s murder? Where did you hear that? on Fox?

  • WASP

    That part of Malcolm the tenth is uniformly ignored by our spoiled, pampered, entitled, anti-American American Blacks. They’re mocked and derided by non-American blacks world-wide. These blacks think our blacks are silly, simpering idiots, that have it better than 98% of other blacks in the world, yet still p!$$ and moan and complain incessantly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/d.keith.dexter Keith Dexter

    they must like it,but its not the blacks tipping the liberal scale its the hispanic vote,bush got it,obama got it and they got elected,bush didn’t get the black vote

  • Tomtom

    I agree 100% mr X, all blacks are freeloaders and are being used by the number one Chump, the commander-in-chief !!!

  • JOE6PACK

    And almost 50 years later…nothing has changed.

  • tony

    I think he must’ve meant to say Chimps

  • ATLDave

    I have gone so far as to ask some of my black friends what they get out of voting Dem. They are still asking for things they were askiing for 50 years ago and still haven’t gottten them. Most don’t know and others have looked ay it seriuosly and have changed their vote (though not always to Rep.). This cycke and rut they ar in is the very definition of INSANITY.

  • Attila

    That was true in Malcolm’s day, but over the next 50 years the Democrats did deliver. They delivered free money, free food, subsided housing, even free cell phones. They forcibly integrated minorities into public schools out of their neighborhoods on the pretext that they would do better in “white” schools and be integrated into “white” society. They delivered racial preference (altho Hubert Humpfrey swore he would eat his hat if that happened, he is dead) in college admissions, job hiring, mortgage loans, public business awards, etc. Too bad all of this just made things worse for them as well as for the whites who pay. Republicans have not been very effective at pulling the wool from their eyes. The tragedy continues.