When the Word Is Given: A Report on Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, and the Black Muslim World

When the Word Is Given: A Report on Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, and the Black Muslim World

When the Word Is Given: A Report on Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, and the Black Muslim World

When the Word Is Given: A Report on Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, and the Black Muslim World

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This book comes at a time when the American race issue seems at a climax. Disturbing though it may be, it is encouraging that such a book as this can be written, that a group like the Black Muslims not only lives among us but that it can be investigated and studied. This means that at long last we are about to become honest about the race question. Negroes are saying what they think; white people are pausing to listen. These are the prerequisites of dialogue in a free society, and I predict that on the whole the Black Muslims will have a healthy influence on our social structure.

I know white people are frightened by Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammad; maybe now they will understand how I have felt all my life, for there has never been a day when I was unafraid; we Negroes live our lives on the edge of fear, not knowing when or how the serpent of discrimination will strike and deprive us of something dear--a job here, a house there, an evening out over there, or a life itself. But things are better now than they once were; I am . . .

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