Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Malcolm X on Women Rights

As Malcolm X travelled the world and witnesses the way women were treated. His privilege, his blinders began to disappear. He began to recognize how what he said and did aided the oppression of women, particularly black woman. Had Malcolm X lived longer, I believe his view on women would have continued to evolve. Here are some of his last remarks.

" In every country you go to, usually the degree of progress can never be separated from the woman. If you’re in a country that’s progressive, the woman is progressive. If you’re in a country that reflects the consciousness toward the importance of education, it’s because the woman is aware of the importance of education.

"But in every backward country you’ll find the women are backward, and in every country where education is not stressed it’s because the women don’t have education. So one of the things I became thoroughly convinced of in my recent travels is the importance of giving freedom to the women, giving her education, and giving her the incentive to get out there and put the same spirit and understanding in her children. And I am frankly proud of the contributions that our women have made in the struggle for freedom and I’m one person who’s for giving them all the leeway possible because they’ve made a greater contribution than many of us men."

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