View Full Version : Malcolm X

12-04-2008, 01:35 AM
Upon seeing this header, you might have asked yourself "Wait, Malcom X was a vegan?"

No, not to my knowledge. But I think his attitudes on white America could so effectively drive the animal rights movement into a true rights campaign. I want to know if anyone has ever read the autobiography of Malcom X?

In the book, X describes how post-slave freedom, "negroes", as he refers to blacks, were encultured into believing that they were actually taking gradual steps in the right direction, that because they "conked" their hair straight and dressed like and worked under white men, that they were achieving a higher status in society. X's message was legendary as he revealed that these gradual steps were nothing but a strengthening of the white man's reign by dignifying a successful black person in terms of their whiteness.

I could go on and on, but the point is that defeatism is irresistable. We want so much to accept in our hearts any bill that tells us that we are moving in gradual steps in the right direction. But animals aren't being reformed, animal advocates are being reformed. While the negroes of 1920's Harlem conked their hair, so too do so-called animal rights advocates congratulate and praise the animal industry for some meaningless acknowledgment thinking animal rights is emerging in society.

For a slice of X, if you're not familiar with him, youtube some of his speeches. (I don't think I have privileges to post links yet)

"If you stick a knife in my back six inches and pull it out three inches, I don't call that progress." -Malcom X

12-04-2008, 01:36 AM
gah, should be spelled "Malcolm X" with two Ls. Sorry.

12-04-2008, 02:04 AM
Malcolm X is one of my personal hero's and I like the analogy. I was talking to a vegan friend here the other day who was trying to justify the "cage free" eggs at the local co op, all I could think is, no matter what cage or not the eggs don't belong to me or anyone else :)

12-04-2008, 02:06 AM



No... not vegan - but I certainly see him as a hero to emulate for rights based causes. Articulate, purposeful - and uncompromising.

Good choice.

12-11-2008, 11:31 PM
gah, should be spelled "Malcolm X" with two Ls. Sorry.