Donald Trump won the 2016 election, and much of black America is asking, “What’s next?”
An old interview with the late minister Malcolm X may just have some answers about the best way to move forward.
At a press conference in Cairo in July, 1964, the minister and black nationalist leader spoke about the possibility of electing then-Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater. Goldwater would eventually lose in a landslide to Lyndon Baines Johnson.
Malcolm X’s advice to black people facing a Goldwater presidency sounds eerily applicable to today’s election stunner:
Well if Goldwater ever becomes president one thing his presence in the White House will do, it will make black people in America have to face up the facts probably for the first time in many many years.
And this in itself is good in that Goldwater is a man who’s not capable of hiding his racist tendencies.
And at the same time he’s not even capable of pretending to Negroes that he’s their friend.
So this will have the tendency to make the Negro probably for the first time do something to stand on his own feet and solve his own problem instead of putting himself in a position to be misled, misused, exploited by the whites who pose as liberals only for the purpose of getting the support of the Negro.
So in one sense Goldwater’s coming in will awaken the Negro and will probably awaken the entire world more so than the world has been awakened since Hitler.
Isn’t it sobering how history seems to repeat itself?