Fascinating and helpful quotation, KinkyKeeper.
That first quote is a little close to talking about micegenation, I wouldn't be surprised if that's how he felt about Blacks mixing with Whites through intercourse (and not just meeting in public places) at that time in his life. He also often made sweeping negative generalizations of White people (devils, uncaring, etc) and that has to have some mental impact on you being part White. So it's then not surprising to hear at some point he hated his White blood (not saying rapist blood isn't going to cause some inner turmoil but at some point that turmoil is only going to hurt you since it's inside you). So yeah he did some great things for the Black community (we will have to agree to disagree that it was necessary he think or present himself as completely Black in order to do this, I fail to see how one has anything to do with the other) but at what cost to HIS mental health?The White Man...
"If I have a cup of coffee that is too strong for me because it is too black, I weaken it by pouring cream into it. I integrate it with cream. If I keep pouring enough cream in the coffee, pretty soon the entire flavor of the coffee is changed; the very nature of the coffee is changed. If enough cream is poured in, eventually you don't even know that I had coffee in this cup. This is what happened with the March on Washington. The whites didn't integrate it; they infiltrated it. Whites joined it; they engulfed it; they became so much a part of it, it lost its original flavor. It ceased to be a black march; it ceased to be militant; it ceased to be angry; it ceased to be impatient. In fact, it ceased to be a march."
"hated every drop of that white rapist's blood that is in me."
And that is the crux of the difference of where we are coming from XYZ. You see what Malcolm did for Blacks, I see Malcolm. And if X is your ideal view of what Mixed people should be, I can see we are clearly on opposite sides in this. No thank you, he was definitely nobody Biracial and recently mixed people should be looking up to for inspiration on being Mixed in my opinion.
He was very unhealthy man in that respect.
There's been a very long standing debate over integration and segregation, and whether it helps a numerically small/minority community more to do one over the other. I have always been in favor of integration, with retained cultural/ethnic pride. In other words, for me, the goal is not that every numerically small/minority/non-white group assimilate to be "white-washed and american." But it is a goal for minority groups to be in close proximity with each other and also with the majority as well. To me, this breaks down barriers and boundaries and real relationships form and progress is made (NC.com is potentially one example of this, in a cyber setting). And, yes, sometimes miscegenation and intermarriage is going to occur when everyone gets to be near each other in schools, neighborhoods, church etc.. instead of all living in different parts of town, across from train tracks etc...
To use a couple of more famous examples of mixed race pairings and their offspring, I think that President Obama's parents met in a university setting, although is father was a bit scandalously older than his mother. And the Lovings in Virginia who were subject of a notorious and important Supreme Court decision also had a scandalous age difference and came together, wanting to marry and having children together, from being in close quarters. Those kinds of relationships were VOLUNTARY AND NOT CO-ERCED, and therefore are free of the kind of taint that Malcolm X apparently felt about his own non-black ancestry (in his case, white, but many of us do not have a white parent, so this black/white dichotomy is not our life and not on our backs like it is for some others, and we face different, yet related, issues). I can't personally relate to the rage and hostility that X felt towards his non-black half because my parent who was and is non-black entered into a mutual and loving decision to marry my black parent and raise children together and was always there for me/us (siblings). They raised us together, and like in any other family, the way you were raised is going to shape you. The way I was raised and how I grew up (factored into how I look and different life experiences and opportunities) definitely influences my position on this issues.
So, rather than upholding Malcolm X as some "gold standard" for how the mixed race, part or half black person should live their life and self-identify, I think he should be seen in this context of his own personal family history. And his choice is as valid as someone who makes a different choice. And the person who makes a different choice should not be lambasted.
"Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people."
"I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then we live with that decision."
- Eleanor Roosevelt (both quotes)
(taking a break from posting starting late august 2009)