In November of 1963, Malcolm X delivered a speech in Detroit where he shed light on the cooptation methods of the US ruling class.
“It was the grass roots out there in the street. It scared the white man to death, scared the white power structure in Washington, D.C., to death; I was there. When they found out that this black steamroller was going to come down on the capital, they called in Wilkins, they called in Randolph, they called in these national Negro leaders that you respect and told them, “Call it off.” Kennedy said, .Look, you all are letting this thing go too far.” And Old Tom said, “Boss, I can’t stop it, because I didn’t start ~ I’m telling you what they said. They said, “I’m not even in it, much less at the head of it.” They said, “These Negroes are doing things on their own. They’re running ahead of us.” And that old shrewd fox, he said, “If you all aren’t in it, I’ll put you in it. I’ll put you at the head of it. I’ll endorse it. I’ll welcome it. I’ll help it. I’ll join it.”
Join Mass Action Against Police Brutality as we commemorate the legacy of Malcolm X on the eve what would have been his 91st birthday by examining some of the lessons he left for today’s struggles.
Link for transcript of Malcolm X’s speech Message to the Grassroots