Interview with Angela Davis
QUESTION 21
INTERVIEWER:

What was the response of the White--



INTERVIEWER:

What was the response of the predominantly White audience to Malcolm's speech?

ANGELA DAVIS:

Well, they were very shocked that, ah--

INTERVIEWER:

Can you say "the predominantly White audience" just so that--

ANGELA DAVIS:

OK, ah, the response of the predominantly White audience, at that address given by Malcolm X was utter shock as a matter of fact. They applauded very amply after he spoke, but I think that they simply, ah, could not deal with the fact that here was a Black man that had the courage to stand up and not, you know, only criticize the system of racism but talked about White people and the historical crimes for which they are responsible in a way they had never heard before. I don't think they took him as serious as he should have been taken. Because at that particular time he was not seen as the spokesperson for a movement that would be able to make good up on the words that were coming across during that speech. But I think that, ah, later on they probably recognized, as I did that what Malcolm was doing was representing, patterns of political thought that would later become accepted by large numbers of people in t his country, and would mark the beginning of an entirely new approach to the movement for Black liberation in this country.

INTERVIEWER:

OK, great