Black People Politics : BAMN - By Any Means Necessary

Clyde C Coger Jr

going above and beyond
Nov 17, 2006

On 50th anniversary of Malcolm X's assassination, his family tackles the enduring controversy of his legacy

... Malcolm X, who pushed for “equality by any means necessary,” was seen by many as an extremist. Rather than shy away from such criticisms, he tackled them head on, most notably as a guest participant in the renowned Oxford Union’s 1964 debate on the very topic.

The debate's proposition was: “Extremism in the defence of liberty is no vice; moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” Conservative presidential candidate Barry Goldwater had made this brazen declaration just months earlier in his acceptance speech for his party’s nomination at the Republican National Convention. That irony of the statement's origin was not lost on the notorious civil rights activist when he chose to argue in favor of the white conservative politician’s words. That Goldwater’s message somehow changed as soon as it came out of Malcolm X’s mouth was exactly his point ...

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