No matter how much respect, no matter how much recognition whites show towards me…as long as that same respect and recognition isn't shown towards everyone of our people in this country–it doesn't exist for me.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us that God, now, is about to establish a kingdom on this earth, based upon brotherhood and peace. And the white man is against brotherhood, and the white man is against peace.
So we are all black people, so-called Negroes, second-class citizens, ex-slaves.
Anytime you see someone more succesful than you are, the are doing something you aren't.
It's hard for anyone intelligent to be nonviolent. Everything in the universe does something when you start playing with his life, except the American Negro. He lays down and says, 'Beat me, daddy.'
All I had done was to improve on their strategy, and it was the beginning of a very important lesson in life - that anytime you find someone more successful than you are, especially when you're both engaged in the same business - you know they're doing something that you aren't.