The address, which he delivered in Detroit, was meant to dissuade black folks from blindly following white politicians who only wanted their vote and to instead start looking out for their own interests. It also included a chilling critique of black people who allow white politicians to use them as props to gain trust from other black Americans.
“The first thing the cracker does when he comes in power, he takes all the Negro leaders and invites them for coffee. To show that he’s all right,” Malcolm X said. “And those Uncle Toms can’t pass up the coffee. They come away from the coffee table telling you and me that this man is all right.”
While he was likely referencing meetings between Martin Luther King Jr., Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and other civil rights leaders with President Lyndon B. Johnson, his insight into the power dynamic is relevant today as prominent black folks meet with President-elect Donald Trump.
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