• Short Summary

    MALCOLM X, THE AMERICAN NEGRO NATIONALIST LEADER, WHO HAS BEEN ATTENDING THE RECENT MEETINGS OF THE ORGANISATION FRO AFRICAN UNITY IN CAIRO, HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE ON SATURDAY AT WHICH HE EXPLAINED HIS VIEW OF THE RIOTS THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN THE HARLEM AREA OF NEW YORK.

  • Description


    HE SAID:



    "WELL, THE HARLEM RIOTS ACTUALLY SHOULDN'T SURPRISE ANYONE. IT IS ONLY AN EXAMPLE OF WHY THE REPASSAGE OF THE RECENT CIVIL RIGHTS BILL IN THE UNITED STATES DID ACTUALLY OR ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS THAT CONFRONT OUR PEOPLE THERE. DESPITE THE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL, OUR PEOPLE ARE STILL THE VICTIMS OF BRUTALITY AND MOST OF THEM ARE BEING BRUTALISED BY THE POLICE, IN THE NORTH, INSTEAD OF IN THE SOUTH.



    "IT IS SURPRISING TO ME THAT THE EXPLOSION - THE RACIAL EXPLOSION HASN'T GOTTEN FARTHER OUT OF HAND THAN IT ACTUALLY HAS, AND IT IS NOT A REFLECTION OF THE ABILITY OF THE NEW YORK POLICE TO CONTAIN THE NEGRO IN HARLEM, IT IS ACTUALLY A REFLECTION OF THE ABILITY OF THE NEGROES IN HARLEM TO HOLD OR EXERCISE RESTRAINT IN THE FACE OF THE MOST SEVER FORM OF BRUTALITY."



    THEN MALCOLM X WAS ASKED ABOUT THE POSSIBLE ROLE OF THE AMERICAN NEGRO IF SENATOR GOLDWATER BECAME PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.



    "WELL, IF GOLDWATER EVER BECOMES PRESIDENT, ONE THING HIS PRESENCE IN THE WHITE HOUSE WILL DO IS IT WILL MAKE BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA HAVE TO FACE UP TO FACTS, PROBABLY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MANY, MANY YEARS. THIS IN ITSELF IS GOOD, IN THAT GOLDWATER IS A MAN WHO'S NOT CAPABLE OF HIDING HIS RACIST TENDENCIES, AND AT THE SAME TIME HE IS NOT CAPABLE OF EVEN PRETENDING TO NEGROES THAT HE IS THEIR FRIEND. SO THIS WILL HAVE THE TENDENCY TO MAKE THE NEGRO, PROBABLY FOR THE FIRST TIME, DO SOMETHING TO STAND ON HIS OWN FEET AND DO SOMETHING TO SOLVE HIS OWN PROBLEM, INSTEAD OF PUTTING HIMSELF IN THE POSITION TO BE MISLED, MISUSED, EXPLOITED, BY THE WHITES WHO POSE AS LIBERALS, ONLY FOR THE PURPOSE OF GETTING THE SUPPORT OF THE NEGROES. SO IN ONE SENSE, GOLDWATER COMING IN WILL AWAKEN THE NEGRO, AND WILL PROBABLY AWAKEN THE ENTIRE WORLD, MORE SO THAN THE WORLD HAS BEEN AWAKENED SINCE HITLER.




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    Background: MALCOLM X, THE AMERICAN NEGRO NATIONALIST LEADER, WHO HAS BEEN ATTENDING THE RECENT MEETINGS OF THE ORGANISATION FRO AFRICAN UNITY IN CAIRO, HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE ON SATURDAY AT WHICH HE EXPLAINED HIS VIEW OF THE RIOTS THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN THE HARLEM AREA OF NEW YORK.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA77K67WBARHWHT74D8Z5OL0PPR
    Media URN:
    VLVA77K67WBARHWHT74D8Z5OL0PPR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/07/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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