What Malcolm X Would Say About Black Folk and the Obama Presidency

Whaddup everyone out there in The Field? In light of the recent backlash of President Obama’s commencement speech at Morehouse College, I wanted to give Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) the opportunity to have an “I told you so moment”  because I think he deserves one. Below I posted the video and transcript of a speech he gave sometime during the period between 1961 and his death in 1965. While listening to/reading it, I ask that you place it in context with the period from 2008 to today under this current Democratic regime. To assist you, below you’ll find a couple of key statistics that should perfectly parallel those offered by Brother Malcolm in his speech on Kennedy’s Democratic regime. Sadly, if you substitute “Kennedy” with “Obama” in the speech, there wouldn’t be much less truth to his passionate claims. Perhaps after this we’ll more appropriately emphasize President Obama as not only the first Black President, but the 15th Democratic President. It may be a long shot, but maybe we can finally abandon this notion that the Democratic party (or any party for that matter) is THE party of the Black man and woman in these United States. Now I’ll let history and the present speak for themselves:


  • In the 2008 election,  96% of Black voters supported Obama.
  • In the 2008 election, 43% of White voters supported Obama.
  • In the 2012 election, 93% of Black voters supported Obama.
  • In the 2012 election, 41% of White voters supported Obama.
  • There was a Democratic congressional majority for the 111th Congress from 2009-2011, the first 2-years of Obama’s 1st term.
    • Democrats outnumbered Republicans 257-178 in the House of Representatives during this time.
  • There has been a democratic majority in the Senate since Obama took office:
    • 57-41 Democratic majority from 2009-2011
    • 51-47 Democratic majority from 2011-2013
    • Currently 53-45 for 2013-2015

“This government has failed us. The government itself has failed us, and the White Liberals who have been posing as our friends have failed us. Once we see that all these other sources to which we have turned have failed, we stop turning to them and start turning to ourselves.

You are the one who sent Kennedy to Washington. You’re the one who put the present Democratic administration in Washington, D.C. The Whites were evenly divided. It was the fact that you threw 80% of your votes behind the Democrats that put the Democrats in the White House. When you see this, you can see that the Negro vote is the key factor. And despite the fact that you are in a position to be the determining factor, what do you get out of it?

Democrats have been in Washington, D.C. only because of the Negro vote. They’ve been down there 4 years and all the legislation they wanted to bring up they brought up and got it out of the way, and now they bring up you. You put them first and they put you last, cause you are chumps (huge applause). A political chump.

In Washington, D.C. in the House of Representatives there are 257 who are Democrats. Only 177 are Republicans. In the Senate there are 67 Democrats, only 33 are Republicans. The Party that you backed, controls two-thirds of the House of Representatives and the Senate and still they can’t keep their promise to you, cause you’re a chump.

Anytime you throw your political weight behind a political Party that controls two-thirds of the government and that Party can’t keep the promises made to you during election time, and you are dump enough to walk around and identify yourself with that Party, you are not only a chump but you are a traitor to your race [huge applause].”

~ Malcolm X

Let’s take heed of this under-appreciated figure’s words. Let’s stop turning to those who have consistently failed and chastised us and start turning to ourselves.

On a MOVE!

Related Articles:

1. Dr. Boyce: President Obama Lacks the Moral Authority to Give His Lopsided Speech at Morehouse

2. How the Obama Administration Talks to Black America


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