The Honorable Elijah Muhammad says that we should be separate, all right, but in this separate state or separate existence, the black man should be given the opportunity and the incentive to do for himself what the white man has done for himself.
All of us - who might have probed space, or cured cancer, or built industries - were, instead, black victims of the white man's American social system.
I am a Muslim, because it's a religion that teaches you an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. It teaches you to respect everybody, and treat everybody right. But it also teaches you if someone steps on your toe, chop off their foot. And I carry my religious axe with me all the time.
If you are born in America with a black skin, you're in prison.
In the ghettoes the white man has built for us, he has forced us not to aspire to greater things, but to view everyday living as survival-and in that kind of a community, survival is what is respected.
Men are attracted by spirit. By power men are forced. Love is engendered by spirit. By power anxieties are created.