He would say something like, "We need to change the way the white man has us Negros thinking" or "We have to change our thinking from the white man". At that time I really didn't grasp what he meant, and how it related to the Bible.
What I did notice was, he had another book in his hand called the "Quran". At that time I thought he was speaking of the Bible, because the wording sounded similar to the Old Testament. What I later learned, was that they thought of Jesus as a prophet, not the Son of God. By the way, this information that I am sharing with you happened back in the mid 1950's. Malcolm X was a bold, inspiring advocate for the Negro (that is what African-Americans were called back then). But even in certain areas of Brooklyn the word ni***r was placed on people of color.
I was trained and raised by a God-fearing mother. She taught me how to respect authority. But as I listened to Malcolm's speeches and experiences, the police, who were the authority in my neighborhood, never respected us as hard working African Americans. The law says we have freedom of speech, but if you speak of anything that was constructive to build our community, they would call it "inciting to riot".
As I grew to learn and know more about Malcolm X, I learned he was of the same mindset as Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King. The only difference was that he chose another path.
Being around him as a child taught me a lot about how to become a man and not a puppet for the society in which I lived. The one main thing that I disagree with was, the organization he was involved with, called "The Nation of Islam, the Black Muslim". By the way, Malcolm X later left their leadership because of things he discovered within that leadership.
When I think of Malcolm's journey on this earth, I conclude that he was seeking truth and righteousness. In essence, he was seeking the Kingdom of God.
Yes, it was truth. Dr. King, Mandela and Malcolm wanted freedom for all people, especially for the people of color. I must say, I want freedom for all people, but mostly the freedom of the mind. That only comes through a transformation of the mind. Through reading, studying, obeying and submitting your will to the power of the Holy Spirit, which is the extended Spirit of God. We call Him the Governor, in the Kingdom.
Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Matthew 10:5-8 These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
Many individuals who call themselves "Christians" live such shabby lives, and have the nerve to say that they love the Lord. Read what the King says about that:
Constitutional Scripture: John 14:21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”