Born: Malcolm Little, May 19, 1925, Omaha, Nebraska
Died: El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, February 21, 1965, Audubon Ballroom,
Harlem, New York City
God’s Judgment of White America
(The Chickens Come Home to Roost)
New York City, December 4, 1963
Edited by Benjamin Karim
When this speech was delivered, Malcolm X was at the height of
his influence as a minister and spokesman for the Nation of Islam.
He was largely credited with increasing NOI national membership
to 30,000 from an estimated 500 in 1952, the year Malcolm left
prison as a follower of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.
Shortly after making this speech, Malcolm
was asked his opinion on the assassination of President John
F. Kennedy, the previous
month. Malcolm replied that Kennedy “never foresaw that the
chickens would come home to roost so soon" – the reason
some call this Malcolm’s “Chickens Come Home To Roost” speech.
The remark set off a firestorm, leading Elijah Muhammad to sentence
his spokesman to 90 days of silence. Malcolm formally broke with
the NOI in March 1964, to found the Muslim Mosque, Inc. (See the
Official Malcolm X Web
Benjamin Karim, Malcolm’s Assistant Minister, edited this
speech and three others that can be accessed at Karim’s web
End of White World Supremacy. We have taken the liberty
of beginning the text about one-third the way into the speech.
White America is doomed! Death and devastating destruction hang
at this very moment in the skies over America. But why must her
divine execution take place? Is it too late for her to avoid this
All the prophets of the past listed America as number one among
the guilty that would be too proud, and too blind, to repent and
atone when God's last Messenger is raised in her midst to warn
her. America's last chance, her last warning, is coming from the
lips of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad today. Accept him and be
saved; reject him and be damned!
It is written that White America will reject him; it is also written
that White America will be damned and doomed ... and the prophets
who make these prophecies are never wrong in their divine predictions.
White America refuses to study, reflect, and learn a lesson from
history; ancient Egypt didn't have to be destroyed. It was her
corrupt government, the crooked politicians, who caused her destruction.
Pharaoh hired Hebrew magicians to try and fool their own people
into thinking they would soon be integrated into the mainstream
of that country's life. Pharaoh didn't want the Hebrews to listen
to Moses' message of separation. Even in that day separation was
God's solution to the "slave's problem." By opposing
Moses, the magicians were actually choosing sides against the God
of their own people.
In like manner, modern Negro magicians are hired by the American
government to oppose The Honorable Elijah Muhammad today. They
pose as Negro "leaders." They have been hired by this
white government (white so-called liberals) to make our people
here think that integration into this doomed white society will
soon solve our problem.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad warns us daily: The only permanent
solution to America's race problem is the complete separation of
these twenty-two million ex-slaves from our white slave master,
and the return of these ex-slaves to our own land, where we can
then live in peace and security among our people.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad warns us daily: The American government
is trying to trick her twenty-two million ex-slaves with promises
that she never intends to keep. The crooked politicians in the
government are working with the Negro civil rights leaders, but
not to solve the race problem. The greedy politicians who run this
government give lip service to the civil rights struggle only to
further their own selfish interests. And their main interest as
politicians is to stay in power.
In this deceitful American game of power politics, the Negroes
(i.e., the race problem, the integration and civil rights issues)
are nothing but tools, used by one group of whites called Liberals
against another group of whites called Conservatives, either to
get into power or to remain in power.
Among whites here in America, the political teams are no longer
divided into Democrats and Republicans. The whites who are now
struggling for control of the American political throne are divided
into "liberal" and "conservative" camps. The
white liberals from both parties cross party lines to work together
toward the same goal, and white conservatives from both parties
The white liberal differs from the white conservative only in
one way: the liberal is more deceitful than the conservative. The
liberal is more hypocritical than the conservative.
Both want power, but the white liberal is the one who has perfected
the art of posing as the Negro's friend and benefactor; and by
winning the friendship, allegiance, and support of the Negro, the
white liberal is able to use the Negro as a pawn or tool in this
political "football game" that is constantly raging between
the white liberals and white conservatives.
Politically the American Negro is nothing but a football and the
white liberals control this mentally dead ball through tricks of
tokenism: false promises of integration and civil rights. In this
profitable game of deceiving and exploiting the politics of the
American Negro, those white liberals have the willing cooperation
of the Negro civil rights leaders. These "leaders" sell
out our people for just a few crumbs of token recognition and token
gains. These "leaders" are satisfied with token victories
and token progress because they themselves are nothing but token
According to a New York Herald-Tribune editorial (dated February
5,1960), out of eleven million qualified Negro voters, only 2,700,000
actually took time to vote. This means that, roughly speaking,
only three million of the eleven million Negroes who are qualified
to vote actually take an active part. The remaining eight million
remain voluntarily inactive ... and yet this small (three million)
minority of Negro voters hold the decisive edge in determining
who will be the next President.
If who will be the next President is influenced by only three
million Negro voters, it is easy to understand why the presidential
candidates of both political parties put on such a false show with
the Civil Rights Bill and with false promises of integration. They
must impress the three million voting Negroes who are the actual "integration
If such a fuss is made over these three million "integration
seekers," what would presidential candidates have to do to
appease the eight million nonvoting Negroes, if they ever decide
to become politically active?
Who are the eight million nonvoting Negroes; what do they want,
and why don't they vote?
The three million Negro voters are the so-called middle-class
Negroes, referred to by the late Howard University sociologist,
E. Franklin Frazier, as the "black bourgeoisie," who
have been educated to think as patriotic "individualists," with
no racial pride, and who therefore look forward hopefully to the
future "integrated-intermarried" society promised them
by the white liberals and the Negro "leaders." It is
with this hope that the "integration-minded" three million
remain an active part of the white-controlled political parties.
But it must never be overlooked that these three million "integration
seekers" are only a small minority of the eleven million potential
The eight million nonvoting Negroes are in the majority; they
are the downtrodden black masses. The black masses have refused
to vote, or to take part in politics, because they reject the Uncle
Tom approach of the Negro leadership that has been handpicked for
them by the white man.
These Uncle Tom leaders do not speak for the Negro majority; they
don't speak for the black masses. They speak for the "black
bourgeoisie," the brainwashed, white-minded, middle-class
minority who are ashamed of black, and don't want to be identified
with the black masses, and are therefore seeking to lose their "black
identity" by mixing, mingling, intermarrying, and integrating
with the white man.
The race problem can never be solved by listening to this white-minded
minority. The white man should try to learn what the black masses
want, and the only way to learn what the black masses want is by
listening to the man who speaks for the black masses of America.
The one man here in America who speaks for the downtrodden, dissatisfied
black masses is this same man so many of our people are flocking
to see and hear. This same Mr. Muhammad who is labeled by the white
man as a black supremacist and as a racist.
If the three million white-minded Negroes are casting their ballots
for integration and intermarriage, what do the nonvoting black
masses want? Find out what the black masses want, and then perhaps
America's grave race problem can be solved.
Think how the late President himself got into office by only scant
margin which was "donated" to him by Negro voters, and
think how many governors and other white politicians hold their
seats (some by less than five thousand votes). Only then can you
understand the importance of these white liberals place on their
control of the Negro vote!
The white liberals hate The Honorable Elijah Muhammad because
they know their present position in the power structure stems form
their ability to deceive and to exploit the Negro, politically
as well as economically.
They know that The Honorable Elijah Muhammad's divine message
will make our people (1) wake up, (2) clean up, (3) stand up. They
know that once The Honorable Elijah Muhammad is able to resurrect
the Negro from this mental grave of ignorance, by teaching him
the truth about himself and his real enemy, the Negro will then
be able to see and think for himself. Once the Negro learns to
think for himself, he will no longer allow the white liberal to
use him as a helpless football in the white man's crooked game
of "power politics."
Let us examine briefly some of the tricky strategy used by white
liberals to harness and exploit the political energies of the Negro.
The crooked politicians in Washington, D.C., purposely make a
big noise over the proposed civil rights legislation. By blowing
up the civil rights issue they skillfully add false importance
to the Negro civil rights "leaders." Once the image of
these Negro civil rights "leaders" has been blown up
way beyond its proper proportion, these same Negro civil rights "leaders" are
then used by white liberals to influence and control the Negro
voters, all for the benefit of the white politicians who pose as
liberals, who pose as friends of the Negro.
The white conservatives aren't friends of the Negro either, but
they at least don't try to hide it. They are like wolves; they
show their teeth in a snarl that keeps the Negro always aware of
where he stands with them. But the white liberals are foxes, who
also show their teeth to the Negro but pretend that they are smiling.
The white liberals are more dangerous than the conservatives; they
lure the Negro, and as the Negro runs from the growling wolf, he
flees into the open jaws of the "smiling" fox.
The job of the Negro civil rights leader is to make the Negro
forget that the wolf and the fox both belong to the (same) family.
Both are canines; and no matter which one of them the Negro places
his trust in, he never ends up in the White House, but always in
the dog house.
The white liberals control the Negro and the Negro vote by controlling
the Negro civil rights leaders. As long as they control the Negro
civil rights leaders, they can also control and contain the Negro's
struggle, and they can control the Negro's so-called revolt.
The Negro "revolution" is controlled by these foxy white
liberals, by the government itself. But the black revolution is
controlled only by God.
The black revolution is the struggle of the nonwhites of this
earth against their white oppressors. The black revolution has
swept white supremacy out of Africa, out of Asia, and is getting
ready to sweep it out of Latin America. Revolutions are based upon
land. Revolutionaries are the landless against the landlord. Revolutions
are never peaceful, never loving, never nonviolent. Nor are they
ever compromising. Revolutions are destructive and bloody. Revolutionaries
don't compromise with the enemy; they don't even negotiate. Like
the flood in Noah's day, revolution drowns all opposition, or like
the fire in Lot's day, the black revolution burns everything that
gets in its path.
America is the last stronghold of white supremacy. The black revolution,
which is international in nature and scope is sweeping down upon
America like a raging forest fire. It is only a matter of time
before America herself will be engulfed by the black flames, these
Whenever an uncontrollable forest fire is roaring down upon the
farmhouse, the only way the farmer can fight that forest fire is
by building a "backfire," a smaller fire that he himself
can control. He then uses this "controlled fire" to fight
the fire that is raging beyond his control.
Here in America, the black revolution (the "uncontrollable
forest fire") is personified in the religious teachings, and
the religious works, of The Honorable Elijah Muhammad. This great
man of God cannot in any way be controlled by the white man, and
he will not compromise in any way with the wrongs this government
has inflicted upon our people.
The Negro "revolt" is controlled by the white man, the
white fox. The Negro "revolution" is controlled by this
white government. The leaders of the Negro "revolution" (the
civil rights leaders) are all subsidized, influenced and controlled
by the white liberals; and all of the demonstrations that are taking
place on this country to desegregate lunch counters, theaters,
public toilets, etc., are just artificial fires that have been
ignited and fanned by the white liberals in the desperate hope
that they can use this artificial revolution to fight off the real
black revolution that has already swept white supremacy out of
Africa, Asia, and is sweeping it out of Latin America ... and is
even now manifesting itself also right here among the black masses
in this country.
Can we prove that the Negro revolution is controlled by white
Right after the Birmingham demonstrations, when the entire world
had seen on television screens the police dogs, police clubs, and
fire hoses brutalizing defenseless black women, children, and even
babies, it was reported on page twenty-six in the May 15 issue
of The New York Times, that the late President Kennedy and his
brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, during a luncheon conference
with several newspaper editors from the State of Alabama, had warned
these editors that they must give at least some token gains to
the moderate Negro leaders in order to enhance the image of these
moderate Negro leaders in the eyesight of the black masses; otherwise
the masses of Negroes might turn in the direction of Negro extremists.
And the late President named the Black Muslims as being foremost
among the Negro extremist groups that he did not want Negroes to
In essence, the late President told these southern editors that
he was trying to build up the weak image of the Negro civil rights
leaders, in order to offset the strong religious image of the Muslim
leader, The Honorable Elijah Muhammad. He wasn't giving these Negro
leaders anything they deserved; but he was confessing the necessity
of building them up, and propping them up, in order to hold the
black masses in check, keep them in his grasp, and under his control.
The late President knew that once Negroes heard The Honorable
Elijah Muhammad the white liberals will never influence or control
or misuse those Negroes for the benefit of the white liberals any
more. So the late President was faced with a desperate situation.
Martin Luther King's image had been shattered the previous year
when he failed to bring about desegregation in Albany, Georgia.
The other civil rights leaders had also become fallen idols. The
black masses across the country at the grass roots level had already
begun to take their cases to the streets on their own. The government
in Washington knew that something had to be done to get the rampaging
Negroes back into the corral, back under the control of the white
The government propaganda machine began encouraging Negroes to
follow only what it called "responsible" Negro leaders.
The government actually meant, Negro leaders who were responsible
to the government, and who could therefore by controlled by the
government, and be used by that same government to control their
The government knows that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad is responsible
only to God and can be controlled only by God. But this white government
of America doesn't believe in God!
Let us review briefly what happened last spring: In May in Birmingham,
Negroes erupted and retaliated against the whites. During the many
long weeks when the police dogs and police clubs and the high-pressure
water hoses were brutalizing black women and children and babies,
and the Birmingham Negroes had called for the government to intervene
with Federal troops, the late President did nothing but sit on
his hands. He said there was nothing he could do. But when Negroes
in Birmingham exploded and began to defend themselves, the late
President then sent in Federal troops, not to defend the Negroes,
but to defend the whites against whom the Negroes had finally retaliated.
At this point, spontaneous demonstrations began taking place all
over the country. At the grass roots level Negroes began to talk
about marching on Washington, tying up the Congress, the Senate,
the White House, and even the airport. They threatened to bring
this government to a halt. This frightened the entire white power
The late President called in the Negro civil rights leaders and
told them to bring this "march" to a halt. The Negro
civil rights leaders were forced to tell the late President that
they couldn't stop the march because they hadn't started it. It
was spontaneous, at the grass roots level across the country, and
it had no leadership whatsoever.
When the late President saw that he couldn't stop the march, he
joined; he endorsed it; he welcomed it; he became a part of it;
and it was he who put the six Negro civil rights leaders at the
head of it. It was he who made them the Big Six.
How did he do it? How did he gain control of the March on Washington?
A study of his shrewd strategy will give you a glimpse of the political
genius with which the Kennedy family was ruling this country from
the White House, and how they used the American Negro in all of
The late President endorsed the march; that should have been the
tip-off. A few days later in New York City, at the Carlysle Hotel,
a philanthropic society known as the Taconic Foundation, headed
by a shrewd white liberal named Stephen Currier, called a meeting
of the six civil rights leaders in an effort to bring unity of
action and purpose among all the civil rights groups.
After Martin Luther King had been released from his Birmingham
jail cell in May, he traveled from coast to coast in a fund-raising
campaign for his Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Roy
Wilkins then began to attack King, accusing him of stirring up
trouble, saying that after the NAACP would bail out King and the
other demonstrators, then King would capitalize on the trouble
by taking up all the money for his own organization, leaving the
NAACP to hold the bag at a great financial loss.
As King, Wilkins, and the other civil rights leaders began to
fight publicly among themselves over the money they were trying
to get from the white liberals, they were destroying their own
The white liberal, Stephen Currier, showed them how they were
destroying themselves by attacks upon each other, and it was suggested
that, since most of their divisions and disagreements stemmed from
competition for funds from white liberals, they should unite their
fund raising efforts. Then they formed the Council for the United
Civil Rights Leadership, under the pretext that it would be for
fund-raising purposes. They chose the Urban League's Whitney Young
as the chairman, and the white liberal Stephen Currier became the
It took the white man to bring those Negro leaders together and
to unite them into one group. He let them select their own chairman,
but he himself became the co-chairman. This shrewd maneuver placed
the white liberal and the Taconic Foundation in the position to
exercise influence and control over the six civil rights leaders
and, by working through them, to control the entire civil rights
movement, including the March on Washington.
(It also put the white liberals in a position to force the Big
Six to come out against the recently proposed Christmas boycott
by threatening to withdraw their financial support from the civil
According to the August 4 edition of The New York Times, $800,000
was split up between these six Negro civil rights leaders on June
19 at the Carlysle Hotel, and another $700,000 was promised to
be given to them at a later date after the march was over, if everything
went well with the march.
Public relations experts were made available to these "Six
Big Negroes," and they were given access to the news media
throughout the country. The press skillfully projected them as
the leaders of the March on Washington, and as soon as the Big
Six were looked upon in the public eye as the organizers of the
march, their first step was to invite four white "leaders" to
become a part of the march "godhead." This group of leaders
would supposedly okay all the plans and thereby control the "direction
and the mood" of the march.
These four white "leaders" represented the same factions
that had put the late President in the White House: Catholics,
Jews, Labor, and Protestant liberals. When the late President had
learned that he couldn't stop the march, he not only joined it
himself but he encouraged all of his political bedfellows to join
it. This is the way the white liberals took over the March on Washington,
weakened its impact, and changed its course; by changing the participants
and the contents, they were able to change the very nature of the
Example: 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.
It became a picnic, an outing with a festive, circus-like atmosphere
... CLOWNS AND ALL.
The government had learned that in cases where the demonstrators
are predominantly black, they are extremely militant, and oft-times
very violent. But to the same degree that whites participate, violence
most times is decreased. The government knew that in cases wherein
blacks were demonstrating all by themselves, those blacks are so
dissatisfied, disenchanted, and angry at the white man that they
will oft-times strike back violently regardless of the odds or
the consequences. The white government had learned that the only
way to hold these black people in check is by joining them, by
infiltrating their ranks disguised as integrationists; by integrating
their marches and all their demonstrations, and weakening them:
in this way only could they be held in check.
The government told the marchers what time to arrive in Washington,
where to arrive, and how to arrive. The government then channeled
them from the arrival point to the feet of a dead President, George
Washington, and then let them march from there to the feet of another
dead President, Abraham Lincoln.
The original black militants had planned to march on the White
House, the Senate, and the Congress and to bring all political
traffic on Capitol Hill to a halt, but the shrewd politicians in
Washington, realizing that those original black militants could
not be stopped, joined them. By joining the marchers, the white
liberals were able to lead the marchers away from the White House,
the Senate, the Congress, Capitol Hill, and away from victory.
By keeping them marching from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln
Monument, marching between the feet of two dead Presidents, they
never reached the White House to see the then living President.
The entire march was controlled by the late president. The government
in Washington had told the marchers what signs to carry, what songs
to sing, what speeches to make, and what speeches not to make,
and then told the marchers to be sure to get out of town by sundown.
One of the Big Six leaders, John Lewis, chairman of the Student
Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, was prevented from making a
very militant speech. He wanted to attack the Kennedy administration
for its hypocrisy on civil rights.
The speech was censored by the Rt. Rev. Patrick O'Boyle, the Catholic
Archbishop of Washington, D.C. This was a case in which the Catholic
Church itself, for whom Rev. O'Boyle speaks, put itself in the
position of censoring the legitimate opinion of one of the Big
Six Negro civil rights leaders.
The late President's shrewd strategy was: If you can't beat them,
join them. The Catholic President placed his Catholic bishop in
a strategic position to exercise censorship over any one of the
Big Six Negro leaders who tried to deviate from the script in this
great "extravaganza" called the March on Washington which
the government had controlled right from the very beginning.
So, in the final analysis of the march: It would have to be classified
as the best performance of the year; in fact it was the greatest
performance of this century. It topped anything that Hollywood
could have produced.
If we were going to give out Academy Awards in 1963, we would
have to give the late President an Oscar for the "Best Producer
of the Year"; and to the four white liberals who participated
should go an Oscar as the "Best Actors of the Year," because
they really acted like sincere liberals and fooled many Negroes.
And to the six Negro civil rights leaders should go an Oscar for
the "Best Supporting Cast," because they supported the
late President in his entire act, and in his entire program.
Now that the show is over, the black masses are still without
land, without jobs, and without homes ... their Christian churches
are still being bombed, their innocent little girls murdered. So
what did the March on Washington accomplish? Nothing!
The late President has a bigger image as a liberal, the other
whites who participated have bigger liberal images also, and the
Negro civil rights leaders have now been permanently named the
Big Six (because of their participation in the Big Fix?) ... but
the black masses are still unemployed, still starving, and still
living in the slums ... and, I might add, getting angrier and more
explosive every day.
History must repeat itself! Because of America's evil deeds against
these twenty-two million "Negroes," like Egypt and Babylon
before her, America herself now stands before the "bar of
justice." White America is now facing her Day of Judgment,
and she can't escape because today God himself is the judge. God
himself is now the administrator of justice, and God himself is
to be her divine executor!
Is it possible for America to escape this divine disaster? If
America can't atone for the crimes she has committed against the
twenty-two million "Negroes," if she can't undo the evils
she has brutally and mercilessly heaped upon our people these past
four hundred years, then America has signed her own doom ... and
our own people would be foolish to accept her deceitful offers
of integration into her doomed society at this late date!
How can America atone for her crimes? The Honorable Elijah Muhammad
teaches us that a desegregated theater or lunch counter won't solve
our problems. Better jobs won't even solve our problems. An integrated
cup of coffee isn't sufficient pay for four hundred years of slave
labor, and a better job in the white man's factory or position
in his business is, at best, only a temporary solution. The only
lasting or permanent solution is complete separation on some land
that we can call our own.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us that the race problem
can easily be solved, just by sending these twenty-two million
ex-slaves back to our own homeland where we can live in peace and
harmony with our own kind. But this government should provide the
transportation, plus everything else we need to get started again
in our own country. This government should provide everything we
need in machinery, materials, and finance; enough to last us for
from twenty to twenty-five years, until we can become an independent
people in our own country.
If this white government is afraid to let her twenty-two million
ex-slaves go back to our country and to our own people, then America
must set aside some separate territory here in the Western Hemisphere,
where the two races can live apart from each other, since we certainly
don't get along peacefully while we are here together.
The size of the territory can be judged according to our own population.
If our people number one-seventh of America's total population,
then give us one-seventh of this land. We don't want any land in
the desert, but where there is rain and much mineral wealth.
We want fertile, productive land on which we can farm and provide
our own people with sufficient food, clothing, and shelter. This
government must supply us with the machinery and other tools needed
to dig into the earth. Give us everything we need for them for
from twenty to twenty-five years, until we can produce and supply
our own needs.
If we are a part of America, then part of what she is worth belongs
to us. We will take our share and depart, then this white country
can have peace. What is her net worth? Give us our share in gold
and silver and let us depart and go back to our homeland in peace.
We want no integration with this wicked race that enslaved us.
We want complete separation from this race of devils. But we should
not be expected to leave America and go back to our homeland empty-handed.
After four hundred years of slave labor, we have some back pay
coming, a bill owed to us that must be collected.
If the government of White America truly repents of its sins against
our people, and atones by giving us our true share, only then can
America save herself!
But if America waits for Almighty God himself to step in and force
her into a just settlement, God will take this entire continent
away from her; and she will cease to exist as a nation. Her own
Christian Scriptures warn her that when God comes He can give the "entire
Kingdom to whomsoever He will" ... which only means that the
God of Justice on Judgment Day can give this entire continent to
whomsoever He wills!
White America, wake up and take heed, before it is too late!