#TBT: Malcolm X – “Democracy is Hypocrisy” (Video)


I came across this online today and it’s so timely given the recent events. That we know of, at least three black men have been killed by police in the last week.

Philando Castile
Alton Sterling
Delrawn Small
Dylan Noble (not black, but just and painful and shameful)

It’s painful to wake up to news alerts about yet another innocent man shot and killed at the hands of a sworn protector of our human rights. What’s worse is knowing that there are not enough hashtags in the world that will stop the madness, and the hate, and senseless murder of innocent people by police.

Despite the fact that we see African-Americans making incredible, unfathomable accomplishments that confirm and affirms our contributions to society and our commitment to this country, we are still treated as second-class citizens. Our rights come with an asterisk, a “but,” a “well if she/had only,” by them. We have conditional democracy.

In this clip, Malcolm X states that “Democracy is a Hypocrisy” He goes on to say

They attack the victim. Then the criminal who attacked the victim accuses the victim of attacking him. This is American justice. This is American democracy. And those of you who are familiar with it know that in America, Democracy is Hypocrisy.



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