Democracy is Hypocrisy
You don’t scare Negroes today with no badge or no white skin or no white sheet or no white anything else. The police the same way; they put their club upside your head and turn around and accuse you of attacking them. Every case of police brutality against a Negro follows the same pattern. They attack you, bust you all upside your mouth and then take you to court and charge you with assault.
What kind of democracy is that? What kind of (uh) freedom is that? What kind of social or political system is it when a black man has no voice in court? Has no nothing on his side other than what the white man chooses to give you? My brothers and sisters we have to put a stop to this and it will never be stopped until we stop it ourselves. They attack the victim and then the criminal who attacked the
victim accuses the victim of attacking him. This is American justice. This is American democracy and those of you who are familiar with it know that in American democracy is hypocrisy. Now if I’m wrong put me in jail, but if you can’t prove that in democracy is not hypocrisy then don’t put your hands on
me. Democracy is hypocrisy. If democracy means freedom why aren’t our people free? If democracy means justice why don’t we have justice? If democracy means equality then why don’t we have equality? Twenty million black people in this country have been like boys in the white man’s house. He even calls us boys. Don’t care how big you get he calls you boy. You can be a professor; to him you’re
just another boy. I heard him calling the Ralph ??Bunch?? “Why he’s a good old boy.” Who are you?
You don’t know. Don’t tell me Negro, that’s nothing. What were you before the white man named youa Negro? And where were you? And what did you have? What was yours? What language did you speak then? What was your name? It couldn’t have been Smith or Jones or Bunch?? or Powell. That wasn’t your name. They don’t have those kind of names where you and I came from. No. What was your name? And why don’t you now know what your name was then? Where did it go? Where did you lose it? Who took it? And how did he take it? What tongue did you speak? How did the man take your tongue? Where is your history? How did the man wipe out your history? How did the man, what did the man do to make you as dumb as you are right now? And if we can’t do it we should hush our mouth. If you can’t do it for yourself, what the white man is doing for himself, don’t say you’re equal with the white man. If you can’t set up a factory like he sets up a factory don’t talk that old equalitytalk. Get off the welfare. Get out of that compensation line. Be a man. Earn what you need for your
own family. Then your family respects you. They’re proud to say that’s my father. She’s proud to say that’s my husband. Father means you’re taking care of those children. Just ’cause you made them that don’t mean you’re a father. Anybody can make a baby, but anybody can’t take care of them. Anybody can go and get a woman, but anybody can’t take care of a woman. Yes, we hate leavingness.
We hate drunkenness. We hate (uh) dope addiction. We hate nicotine. We hate all of the vices that the white man has taught us to partake in and he accuses us of hating him. Why, because the white man knows you’re more dangerous sober than you are drunk. Yes, you are more dangerous sober than you are drunk. He’s not worrying about no dancing, singing, clowning Negro. He’s worried about you
when you stop dancing, when you stop singing, when you stop clowning and start thinking. Then he gets worried and you should keep him worried. And now you know you need someone to teach you to respect your woman. You say well what about the white woman. No, you’ve been respecting her.
Every time you see a Negro man he got his hat off showing his teeth to some fair skinned white woman. And the mistake that you and I have made is leaving our women unprotected. Anybody can get to her. Any old white man can come and pat a black woman. Can he not? And we are teaching the white man keep his hands and his eyes of our women.