Malcolm X

From "Detroit Red" to his shocking assassination, the defining moments of Malcolm X's life are captured through photos, footage, interviews and expert commentary. This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.

Director(s): Spike Lee
Production: Warner Bros.
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 22 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.7
Metacritic:
72
Rotten Tomatoes:
89%
PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Year:
1992
202
982 Views

Malcolm X:
[about the disciples of Christ] What color were they?

Chaplain Gill:
Well, I don't think we know that for certain.

Malcolm X:
But they were Hebrews, were they not?

Chaplain Gill:
That's right.

Malcolm X:
As was Jesus. Jesus was also a Hebrew.

Chaplain Gill:
Why don't you just ask your question.

Malcolm X:
What color were the original Hebrews?

Chaplain Gill:
I have told you that we don't know that for certain.

Malcolm X:
Then you can't believe for certain that Jesus was white.

Chaplain Gill:
Just... Just a moment. Just a moment. God is white. [pointing to a painting of a white Jesus hanging on the wall] Isn't it obvious?

Malcolm X:
Well, that [nodding to the painting] is obvious, but we don't know if it's obvious that God is white. The honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us that Jesus did not have blond hair and blue eyes. The honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us that the images of Jesus that are on prison walls and churches throughout the world are not historically correct because history teaches us that Jesus was born in a region where the people had color. There's proof in the very Bible you ask us to read, in Revelations, first chapter, verse fourteen and fifteen, that Jesus had hair like wool and feet the color of brass.

Chaplain Gill:
Now just... just what are you saying?

Malcolm X:
I'm not saying anything; I'm proving to you that Jesus was not, and I might quote one of my Indian brothers, he was not a pale-face.

Chaplain Gill:
[pensively] Uh-huh.

Malcom X:
Amen.

Chaplain Gill:
Isn't that interesting.

Report #1:
Malcolm, you said on your trip abroad you sensed a feeling of great brotherhood.

Malcolm X:
As I recall, I pointed out that while I was in Mecca making the pilgrimage, I spoke about the brotherhood that existed at all levels among all people, all colors who had accepted the religion of Islam. I pointed out that what it had done, Islam, for those people despite their complexion differences, that it would probably do America well to study the religion of Islam and perhaps it could drive some of the racism from this society. Muslims look upon themselves as human beings, as part of the human family and therefore look upon all other segments of the human family as part of that same family. Today my friends are black, brown, red, yellow and white.

Reporter #8:
Malcolm, are you prepared to go to the United Nations at this point and ask that charges be brought against the United States for its treatment of the American Negroes?

Malcolm X:
Oh yes. [the audience applauds] The audience will have to be quiet. Yes, as I pointed out that during my trip that nations, African nations, Asian, Latin nations look very hypocritical when they stand up in the UN condemning South Africa and saying nothing about the racist practices that are manifested everyday against Negroes in this society. I would be not a man if I didn't do so. I wouldn't be a man.

...

Reporter #2:
One of your more controversial remarks was a call for black people to get rifles and form rifle clubs sometime back. Do you still favor that for self-defense?

Malcolm X:
I don't see why that should be controversial. I think that if white people found themselves victim of the same kind of brutality that black people in this country face, and they saw that the government was either unwilling or unable to protect them, that the intelligence on the part of the whites would make them get some rifles and protect themselves.

Reporter #2:
What about the guns, Malcolm?

Malcolm X:
Has the white man changed since I went away? Have you put up your guns? The day you stop being violent against my people will be the day I tell folks to put away their guns.

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