“Poor whites have their culture, have their values, have their institutions; ours have been completely destroyed. We need alliances with people who are trying to rebuild their culture, trying to rebuild their history, trying to rebuild their dignity, with people who are trying to rebuild their humanity. Poor white people are not fighting for their humanity, they’re fighting for more money. There are a lot of poor white people in this country, and you haven’t seen them rebel yet, have you? Why is it that black people are rebelling? Do you think it’s only because of poor jobs? Don’t believe that junk the honky is running down. It’s not only poor jobs – it’s a question of a people fighting for their culture and their nature, fighting for their HUMANITY.
We have been so colonized we are ashamed to say we hate, and that is the best example of a person who’s colonized. You sit in your house, a honky walks in your house, beats you up, rapes your wife, beats up your child, and you don’t have the humanity to say, “I hate you.” You don’t have it. That is how dehumanized we are. We are so dehumanized we cannot say “Yes, we hate you for what you have done to us.” – can’t say it. And we are afraid to think beyond that point. Who do you think has more hatred pent up in them, white people for black people or black people for white people? Obviously the hatred has been more from white people for black people. What have we done to them for them to build up this hatred? Absolutely nothing! Yet we don’t want to hate them for what they have done to us.
We have the best justification of all for hating honkies. But we have been so dehumanized, we’re like a dog that the master can throw out the house, that the master can spit on, and whenever he calls, the dog comes running back. We are human beings and we have emotions. We’re fighting for our humanity, and in regaining our humanity we recognize all the emotions that are in us. If you have love, you’ve got to have hate. You don’t have one-sided emotions. That’s a lot of junk. If you don’t have hate, you cannot differentiate love.
That brings us to the point of communism and socialism. The ideologies of communism and socialism speak to class structure, to people who oppress people from the top down to the bottom. We are not just facing exploitation. We are facing something much more important, because we are victims of racism. Neither communism nor socialism speaks to the problem of race. And to black people in this country, racism comes first. Far more important than exploitation. No matter how much money you make in the black community, when you go into the white world you are still a nigger. The question of racism must be uppermost in our minds. How do we destroy those institutions that seek to keep us dehumanized? That is all we’re talking about.
Now for the white people who are exploited, the question of communism comes first, because they’re exploited by their own people. If you were exploited by other black people, it would be a question of how we divide the profits. It is not that for us. It is a question of how we regain our humanity and begin to live as a people. We must therefore consciously strive for an ideology which deals with racism first, and if we do that we recognize the necessity of hooking up with the 900 million black people in the world today.”