Malcolm X: Who Taught You To Hate Yourself? |Video

“It’s just like when you’ve got some coffee that’s too black, which means it’s too strong. What do you do? You integrate it with cream, you make it weak. But if you pour too much cream in it, you won’t even know you ever had coffee. It used to be hot, it becomes cool. It used to be strong, it becomes weak. It used to wake you up, now it puts you to sleep.” -Malcolm X


Happy 92nd Birthday Malcolm X

Author: Angela Grant

I am a first generation Jamaican immigrant whose experiences and accomplishments were made possible by the courage, sacrifices and the heroic acts of many whose bodies have rotted away in unmarked graves. Those are my heroes. Their sacrifices and death paved the way for my children and I. Failure to Listen is a token of my eternal gratitude. Failure to Listen is a tribute those generations of unmarked graves occupied by people of all races whose ultimate sacrifice of life opened the door for me and others, THANK YOU. Failure to Listen uses cultural lenses to appreciate and understand the relationships between current events and our values, beliefs and attitudes. Culture is everything without it we are nothing. Failure to Listen will take you on a journey to recognize the beauty of our differences as the seeds to creativity, innovation and resolving disparities. By sharing my personal and professional experiences, I hope to do justice to the perspectives of those who are rarely heard or listened to. This site is not to incite anger but rather to provoke thought. It is my hope that Failure to Listen will work to foster intergroup dialogues and motivate readers to step outside the box and get to know ALL PEOPLE. In the spirit of Martin Luther King, let's join hands and remember his famous speech about a dream... A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead

12 thoughts on “Malcolm X: Who Taught You To Hate Yourself? |Video”

  1. That was inspiring. I wasn’t familiar with the coffee quote before, and I thought that was a fascinating analogy (I do like coffee, so I’m biased in that sense. Haha). That speech of “Who taught you to hate yourself” really struck home because I’ve had self-loathing issues and part of it was racial. I’ve been waking up a lot more so to how there are racist implications is so many mainstream media projects whether it’s the news, TV, books, and movies regardless of the target audience and demographics. I wanted to fight against those stereotypes and hateful messages by writing fiction with positive portrayals of characters from all ethnic groups. It felt great creating my own worlds and characters that way. I needed to see that coffee video today, and I thank you for it.

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    1. Oh, you’re welcome. That speech is one of my favorites.

      It’s people like you who give me hope. Writing books with positive portrayals of ethnic characters is a good start. Taking them from the background and into the spotlight. You have a powerful skill.

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      1. Sure thing. It was very touching and I needed to hear that speech.

        Thank you so much. Writing had been a form of healing for me and I’m happy to have finally published some of my books after writing fiction consistently for the past 4 years. One example is the cell phone novel I serialized last year called Hollandus Landing. I have 40 different narrators and each one gets equal time explaining their side of the story. Several ethnicities are represented. Not to sound all self-promotional, but you can get it for free or by tipping here:

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  2. These words shouldn´t blind us towards the fact that lateron Malcom became aware that the whole thing is even more about class than “race”, which opened up alliances. That was most probably his “death sentence”! Cordial regards

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