Malcolm X, How We Need You!


Malcolm X, how we need you.
The movement now is dead,
and the slaves are in the pen.
Black power has all but fled.

What’s left are Uncle Toms,
and coons that play the fool.
They bow down before ole Massa,
and for his scraps, they all but drool.

There is none throughout this land
that can spit your fire and truth.
And the sad fact of the matter is,
we refuse to protect our youth.

With a half and half in the White House,
the movement is tagged and bagged.
And with bootlicking in the halls of justice,
the Black man’s voice is bound and gagged.

They all stand idly by,
and watch their numbers dwindle.
There is no man among these men,
that could a movement, kindle.

They look around and wait,
for a savior to light the way.
And when they’re shot or sent to jail,
they just stare in mute dismay.

Oh Malcolm X, we know you’re gone,
and we will never see your like.
Today, our men tremble in fear,
while the militants are out on strike.

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2015 Shelby I. Courtland

“Any time Uncle Sam, with all his machinery for warfare, is held to a draw by some rice eaters, he’s lost the battle. He had to sign a truce. America’s not supposed to sign a truce. She’s supposed to be bad. But she’s not bad any more. She’s bad as long as she can use her hydrogen bomb, but she can’t use hers for fear Russia might use hers. Russia can’t use hers, for fear that Sam might use his. So, both of them are weapon-less. They can’t use the weapon because each [country’s] weapon nullifies the other’s. So the only place where action can take place is on the ground. And the white man can’t win another war fighting on the ground. Those days are over. The black man knows it, the brown man knows it, the red man knows it, and the yellow man knows it. So they engage him in guerrilla warfare. That’s not his style. You’ve got to have heart to be a guerrilla warrior, and he hasn’t got any heart.”

“It takes heart to be a guerrilla warrior because you’re on your own. In conventional warfare you have tanks and a whole lot of other people with you to back you up—planes over your head and all that kind of stuff. But a guerrilla is on his own. All you have is a rifle, some sneakers and a bowl of rice, and that’s all you need—and a lot of heart.”

– Malcolm X

And ‘heart’ is exactly what we are losing even though we know that America ain’t about shit when it comes to hand-to-hand combat and that is why drones were invented because whites can’t fight up close and personal and win. And even with using drones, ISIS is still kicking ass and will continue to do so while Black bodies pile up at the morgue in America and Black women will continue to moan and wail over the demise of their sons and daughters. We don’t have what it takes and now, we never will. We should be fucking shit up over here but all we do is raise our hands in the air and march down the goddamn street begging some white motherfucker to give us the same goddamn rights that are afforded to the whites by the Constitution. So, do you still think that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights pertain to you, Black man and Black woman? And since they don’t apply to you, they sure as hell don’t apply to your children. But go ahead! Sign up to go and fuck with ISIS or fuck up the Iraqi people some more and continue to disturb the goddamn peace in Afghanistan and if they send your ass to Libya, you’re in for it ’cause it’s off the goddamn chain, thanks to the good ole red, white and blue and bully NATO.

You are marching because some white motherfucker shot and killed your son or daughter because the whites are afraid of you. That is why they don’t bother to get up close and personal, they just shoot you from 300 yards away. That is why police departments all across this shithole have requested and received militarized weaponry from warzones because they want to launch a grenade all up your ass from miles away. Next, they’re going to be drone striking your ass because that’s what the whites are doing to every other Black and Brown body all across this planet. Malcolm X warned you in ways too numerous to count and when he died, all of his fire and spirit and truth and action died and was buried with him and now, we just quote him and protest and march against the next murder of one of our own by racist ass cops. That’ll show ’em!

25 thoughts on “Malcolm X, How We Need You!

  1. One of our greatest heroes. A true example of black manhood! Still hard to believe it’s been 50 years ago this year he was killed by cowards. We need more Malcolm’s and less self-hating coons. Malcolm was never afraid to speak his mind and tell the truth. He always told us what we NEEDED to hear,not what we WANTED to hear. I love him for that. We miss you brother.

    “We want to have just an off-the-cuff chat between you and me, us. We want to talk right down to earth in a language that everybody here can easily understand. We all agree tonight, all of the speakers have agreed, that America has a very serious problem. Not only does America have a very serious problem, but our people have a very serious problem. America’s problem is us. We’re her problem. The only reason she has a problem is she doesn’t want us here. And every time you look at yourself, be you black, brown, red or yellow, a so-called Negro, you represent a person who poses such a serious problem for America because you’re not wanted. Once you face this as a fact, then you can start plotting a course that will make you appear intelligent, instead of unintelligent.

    What you and I need to do is learn to forget our differences. When we come together, we don’t come together as Baptists or Methodists. You don’t catch hell because you’re a Baptist, and you don’t catch hell because you’re a Methodist. You don’t catch hell because you’re a Methodist or Baptist, you don’t catch hell because you’re a Democrat or a Republican, you don’t catch hell because you’re a Mason or an Elk, and you sure don’t catch hell because you’re an American; because if you were an American, you wouldn’t catch hell. You catch hell because you’re a black man. You catch hell, all of us catch hell, for the same reason.

    So we’re all black people, so-called Negroes, second-class citizens, ex-slaves. You’re nothing but an ex-slave. You don’t like to be told that. But what else are you? You are ex-slaves. You didn’t come here on the “Mayflower.” You came here on a slave ship. In chains, like a horse, or a cow, or a chicken. And you were brought here by the people who came here on the “Mayflower,” you were brought here by the so-called Pilgrims, or Founding Fathers. There were the ones who brought you here.

    We have a common enemy. We have this in common: We have a common oppressor, a common exploiter, and a common discriminator. But once we all realize that we have a common enemy, then we unite — on the basis of what we have in common. And what we have foremost in common is that enemy — the white man. He’s an enemy to all of us. I know some of you all think that some of them aren’t enemies. Time will tell.

    In Bandung back in, I think, 1954, was the first unity meeting in centuries of black people. And once you study what happened at the Bandung Conference, it actually serves as a model for the same procedure you and I can use to get our problems solved. At Bandung all the nations came together, the dark nations from Africa and Asia. Some of them were Buddhists, some of them were Muslims, some of them were Christians, some were Confucianists, some were atheists. Despite their religious differences, they came together. Some were communists, some were socialists, some were capitalists — despite their economic and political differences, they came together. All of them were black, brown, red or yellow.

    The number one thing that was not allowed to attend the Bandung Conference was the white man. He couldn’t come. Once they excluded the white man, they found that they could get together. Once they kept him out, everybody else fell right in and fell in line. This is the thing that you and I have to understand. And these people who came together didn’t have nuclear weapons, they didn’t have jet planes, they didn’t have all of the heavy armaments that the white man has. But they had unity.

    They were able to submerge their petty little differences and agree on one thing: That there one African came from Kenya and was being colonized by the Englishman, and another African came from the Congo and was being colonized by the Belgian, and another African came from Guinea and was being colonized by the French, and another came from Angola and was being colonized by the Portuguese. When they came to the Bandung Conference, they looked at the Portuguese, and the Frenchman, and the Englishman, and at the Dutchman, and learned or realized the one thing that all of them had in common — they were all from Europe, they were all Europeans, blond, blue-eyed and white skins. They began to recognize who their enemy was. The same man that was colonizing our people in Kenya was colonizing our people in the Congo. The same one in the Congo was colonizing our people in South Africa, and in Southern Rhodesia, and in Burma, and in India, and in Afghanistan, and in Pakistan. They realized all over the world where the dark man was being oppressed, he was being oppressed by the white man; where the dark man was being exploited, he was being exploited by the white man. So they got together on this basis — that they had a common enemy.”

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    1. I thank you for posting that Prince as Malcolm X was spot on! Every Black person in America, regardless of what their skin tone is, it makes no difference, we are all ex-slaves and are treated as such. But do we stick together? Uh…that would be a resounding “NO!” We allow the whites to divide and conquer us and we fall for their shit every time. We fail to realize that we have a common enemy and it is not each other, it is the whites. This is why, for the life of me, I cannot figure out or comprehend how ANY Black person can join the fucking military. There ain’t a goddamn thing to fight for because we got not a god given constitutional right to even fucking breathe in this motherfucking shithole called AmeriKKKa!

      We pretend like the whites are with us when nine times out of ten, they’re there to infiltrate and further their agenda. Yeah, some of ’em get caught up in some display of conscientiousness, but they are few and far between because at the end of the day, all we have is each other because of that one tie that binds us that no white person can ever know and that is the color of our skin.

      I know they don’t want us here but the fact of the matter is if not for them dragging us the fuck over here, we would NOT be here so who the fuck do they have to thank for my Black ass being over here? They certainly can’t thank ME for bringing my ass over here. Don’t fuck with me or fuck over me because of something their goddamn ancestors put into play. I’ve said it before and I say it again, “Black people need to recognize, get up off the foolish shit of bling and Timberlands and do some serious soul searching and help each other out.

      The Brown people in the Middle East ain’t taking this white shit shoved up their ass lightly. They are going the fuck off over there and well they should. That’s why they get no grief from me because if a white foot hadn’t went over there and started up some shit with the people of the Middle East, those folks over there wouldn’t be going the fuck off. And of course the whites point the goddamn finger at some beheadings and shit like that’s THE atrocity but never mind the goddamn fact of their starting a goddamn war in Iraq all over a lie! Why let’s all just forget about that minor little detail. Sweep it under the fucking rug already, why doncha? Nothing to see here folks! Move it along! But look at IS aka ISIS, why they are just some bad asses that need to be put down. ISIS is having none of it!

      And this rotten ass shithole can go to hell and take every goddamn white ass with it! I mean that and I restate, I fucking mean that! So, come all up in here and have a motherfucking disagreement over this and you know what I always say, “I’ll be more than happy to mop the goddamn cyber floor with your ass!”

      That last paragraph was not speaking to you Prince. I’m just pissed to the max and all, dontcha know! But again, I thank you for posting your comment. It is much appreciated!

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  2. My comment will be very brief, but I’m certain things would be entirely different today if Malcolm X had not been assassinated. He believed in equality for all and that is what we have needed for the entire history of this country. You are correct in saying that there is no one like him alive today and sadly I think that if there was a man or woman with his conviction among us, their fate would be much the same as Malcolm X’s. We as a nation have not really progressed at all, we’ve instead become a little more politically correct about it (in most cases) with the same underlying prejudices. Just as bad if not worse in my opinion. Great post as always Shelby…sometimes the truth can hurt.


    1. Thank you Dom for coming all up in this hot ass kitchen! It ain’t hardly a nice sunny day in here. Oh hell naw! And you are right, Malcolm X would have been assassinated 20 million times ’cause he was having none of that “Let me crawl to massa and maybe he’ll lift his goddamn boot all up off my neck!” He wasn’t Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., that believed that if you humble yourself to your goddamn enemy, he will get a heart and a conscience and stop fucking your day up. Not a bit of THAT shit is happening. The same shit that was in play back in Malcolm’s and Dr. King’s day is at play today. Not a goddamn thing has changed, nor will it if Black folks don’t recognize and get with the program that the ballot ain’t fucking working for us ’cause we ain’t ‘legally’ part of the US!

      Again, I thank you for daring to step up in here Dom. Ever the brave one, you are!


  3. Another good one Ms. Courtland and in the shadow of this DoJ Ferguson report I’m just spent. Tired of being piss off without any outlet.

    “by any means necessary” has come to mean by any means necessary we gonna continue to take this brutal treatment while we continue to consume and dull our pain into nonexistence.

    Malcolm is so needed right now. Also, Amerikans really needs to thank their god that Black people aren’t as animalistic as they’d like to believe. Because if they were this country would be on fire from coast to fucking coast.


    1. Thanks HLJ! Like they needed to gather a report to state that some racist ass shit was going down in Ferguson. Who the hell didn’t know that? And get a load of this shit!

      Ferguson judge behind aggressive fines policy owes $170,000 in unpaid taxes

      The judge in Ferguson, Missouri, who is accused of fixing traffic tickets for himself and colleagues while inflicting a punishing regime of fines and fees on the city’s residents, also owes more than $170,000 in unpaid taxes.

      Ronald J Brockmeyer, whose court allegedly jailed impoverished defendants unable to pay fines of a few hundred dollars, has a string of outstanding debts to the US government dating back to 2007, according to tax filings obtained by the Guardian from authorities in Missouri.

      But let my Black ass owe the government $22.00 and I’m sitting behind bars. Wesley Snipes has been in prison for non-payment of taxes and so has Lauryn Hill, but Judge white ass gets a pass ’cause he’s lily white assed. Now ain’t that a bitch! This motherfucker been owing back taxes since 2007 and they ain’t caught up with his tax delinquent ass yet? Of course not! JUDGE lily white ass gets the goddamn pass! Always has and always will. And this piece of shit has jailed more minorities than I can shake a stick at over being too damn broke to pay some trumped up fines and this white bastard owes $170,000 in unpaid taxes! But that’s ALL good than a motherfucker! And when we see this “Up in our face and what are you gonna do about it?” shit, why we just get pissed and forget about it while our people continue to get knocked out of the employment line for having a record because of some racist asshole that should be imprisoned his damn self. I fucking swear, my head is gonna blow into outer space!

      And don’t forget HLJ, they can kill us, but don’t burn the town ’cause that’s just so destructive because their killing our ass should just be no cause for alarm or concern. Fuck that shit! We ALL know that if Malcolm X was alive, it would be burning. That’s for damn sure and that is why they had him killed.

      Again, I thank you for your comment HLJ!


      1. I read about that judge and I was sick. All I can say is Black people as mental as we have been made show amazing restraint when it comes our oppressor and for that you can thank the Black church. But please don’t me started on that mess.


      2. I know what you mean with regards to the Black churches because they are certainly doing their job of indoctrinating the Black sheeple into the white ‘god’s’ fold. Yeah! They’ve got the Black sheeple worshipping and idolizing the blue-eyed Geezus! We just take the fucking cake!


      3. HLJ, if it is about slavery, I don’t think I could take it. My head really would shoot right into outer space. I wouldn’t fucking need NASA to find another solar system. I’d find it! But thanks for recommending it!


      4. Well, Lawd a’mercy! Ain’t that just some shit! I figured as much! You see, this is why I don’t have a TV! I refuse to pay for that shit! I fucking refuse!

        Thanks again man!


  4. @HLJ
    I watched the first episode of Book of Negroes. I’m getting a bit tired of the slave and butler films. You and I have discussed this before. I only watched it because I have a huge crush on Aunjanue Ellis. That’s a beautiful woman right there! So I checked it out. Louis Gossett Jr,Cuba Gooding and Aunjanue all did a great acting job. Of course there was the usual anti-blackness scenes in there. But of course you would expect that from a film dealing with slavery anyway. The beginning of the film was really heart breaking though. Did you see the part when the Africans helped capture her and killed her parents? That was really hard to watch. Then the white man that was in charge arrived when the Africans were captured. Do you remember what Aminata asked the little African boy when she saw the white man? She said “Is that a man or an evil spirit?” Hmmmmm….surprised they put that line in there. But I found it very interesting. I also like the slave revolt on the slave ship. Although they were unsuccessful I enjoyed the slicing and dicing that was going on!lol It was good to see black people uniting against a common enemy. Something we could use right about now. What did you think about the series? I recorded part 2 and 3 but haven’t gotten around to watching them yet.

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    1. I have not seen it HLJ! And since it is about slavery, I don’t think I could. As mad as I am now, do you seriously think that I need to get any madder? If I saw one goddamn Black back getting lashed, I’d need a straightjacket and so I couldn’t look at that. I just couldn’t! It would fan the flames of hatred in me; not that they need any fanning, but nevertheless, I’ll steer clear of this one. But thanks again for the heads up!

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      1. I know what you mean. It would probably just piss you off even more!lol We don’t want that now do we?lol Thank is KP though not HLJ. 🙂

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  5. “just piss you off even more!lol We don’t want that now do we?”

    Absolutely not! No one can handle me now, not even me but I do believe as bad as I am now, as Michael Jackson said,
    “Because I’m Bad, I’m Bad-
    Come On
    (Bad Bad-Really, Really Bad)
    You Know I’m Bad, I’m Bad-
    You Know It
    (Bad Bad-Really, Really Bad)
    You Know I’m Bad, I’m Bad-
    Come On, You Know
    (Bad Bad-Really, Really Bad)
    And The Whole World Has To
    Answer Right Now
    Just To Tell You Once Again,
    Who’s Bad . . .?”

    ME!! LMAO!


  6. In my view, Malcolm X was a tremendous inspiration to all activists seeking to overthrow capitalist imperialism – largely due to his refusal to condone halfway measures that would keep activists occupied but which he knew wouldn’t work.

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    1. Thank you Dr. Bramhall! You’ve said a mouthful. And so, he was dangerous and had to be murdered. People were starting to pay attention to him even with all of the negative shit they said about him and though he has been dead these 50 years, his words still ring true today.

      In my opinion, Dr. King went about it all wrong just as we are today. Black people shouldn’t be marching down the same goddamn streets as they did 50 years ago getting their heads bashed in and getting jailed for breathing. They should be fucking shit up instead of having tea with that piece of shit Uncle Tom in the White House and Eric Holder can’t show us the back of his heels fast enough but what’s slithering in the door behind him ain’t no fucking better! We’re not going to get anything done, all peaceful like and that is for damn sure and THAT is what Malcolm X was trying to tell us in every way possible! But no! We’re just going to continue to raise our arms up and wave ’em like we just don’t care and hope for the goddamn best! Yeah! That’s gonna get it done! Right! And I got three goddamn eyeballs!

      Again, I thank you for your comment Dr. Bramhall!


  7. Wow! I’m glad I checked. I have not been getting notices on your postings? I didn’t know you were posting!

    Glad to see you are back, Shelby! I’ll catch up today!


    1. Thanks Sojourner! I told you, I never know when the mood is going to strike me and get me going. All I know is that instead of continuously crying into my salad bowl, I need to get pissed off, filthy mad and come up out of the doldrums. But what’s let loose now is taking no prisoners.

      Again, thank you for your comment!


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