“Those of us in the West were sold. We didn’t sell ourselves. This is the point we want our brothers, when they’re judging us, always to keep in their minds. We didn’t go to America voluntarily. We were sold there, and some of those who sold us were our friends, and some of those who sold us were our relatives. In the Bible and in the Koran there is a story about a man named Joseph who was sold into slavery by his brothers, but he forgave his brothers who sold him into slavery because he was in a position to forgive them…[There was] [n]othing in there where they forgave the Pharaoh who purchased [and] enslaved him. The country that bough him and enslaved him was destroyed.” — Malcolm X

Source: Malcolm X. By Any Means Necessary. pg. 122-123. Stated during the question and answer period following his lecture titled “The Black Struggle In the United States” given at the Salle de la Mutualite on November 23, 1964 in Paris, France.

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