Malcolm X: The Price for Freedom is Death

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Malcolm X himself owned firearms as a means of defending his family

AFRICANGLOBE – This is a famous quote from Malcolm X.  I wonder if this is true today…  If it is, I believe the dynamics of his point have changed. When compared to one of his other more familiar quotes, “By any means necessary,” you can see the context for which he was speaking.

To me, he was speaking to the African Americans during the times.  Those who were fighting the good fight of Black Rights. He was telling them that the freedom they seek is not without a price. Equality, at times, must be forcefully removed from the oppressors. Sometimes that means folks die… sometimes that means that YOU will die.  YOU will die so others can be free. “By any means necessary.”

I guess that was a more selfless day and age. I’ve actually been thinking about this for a while. Just to be clear, I’m not a proponent of some extreme dystopian state where a totalitarian government has absolute control over every aspect of our lives.  However, I do find some of our national debates very interesting, to say the least.

Where Malcolm X was motivating the African American community to fight – to the death if necessary – to free themselves from the oppression of the White establishment, today, the fight for freedom is no longer a selfless cost. No, today, we are FAR more selfish. During the Civil Rights movement, individuals laid down their own life for freedom. Today, we appear to be accepting the deaths of others so that they can be “free.”

The issue, as I see it, is that we are so selfish in whatever it is that WE want (me included), we are willing to look past – and at times shrug off – the death of others to continue our “pursuit of happiness.” To be fair, I’m not entirely convinced this is a bad thing (as crazy as that sounds), but I do think we should all be aware of thisFACT. We each have SOMETHING that we adamantly believe is our right – without QUESTION.

The sad truth is that  the same elements that allow us to exercise of our adamantly protected rights also provide the environment where individuals with ill intent can operate or unlucky recipients become victims to external forces.  I’m sure someone would respond with the old “omelet/broken eggs” adage and they may be right.  I’m just not sure how many eggs would be okay with it.

And that’s really my point. You want the right to own guns for your recreational (and in limited situations – civilian protection) longings?  Understood. Hell, the SCOTUS said it was your constitutional right. Should it matter that the mere existence of guns results in a death daily. In 2011, over two-thirds of ALL homicides involved firearms. Nearly 80% of the guns used in “mass murders” were obtained legally.

The same lack of regulation that allows NRA members to teach their children how to shoot is the same lack of regulation that put a Cricket rifle into the hands of 5-year-old who accidentally shot his 2 year old sister, Carolyn Sparks, killing her. Don’t be confused, I’m not arguing that less guns = less murder. While I believe that is true, it is arbitrary to the point I’m (attempting) to make.

My point is that freedom comes with a price. Maybe we should say “thank you” to those who were offered up for sacrifice. It only make sense. I mean, someone is losing their life in part because you don’t want to lose your right. A thank you is the least we could do.

Guns are the only issues that fall under this banner. For example, we know that about one in 10 Americans dies from eating too much salt. But, as long as I’m getting my gumbo, then maybe I can overlook that one in 10. And don’t get me started on red meat!!!! A steak on a Sunday afternoon.

I know that death surrounds us. To think that we can avoid it is more a plot for a movie than real life. However, when folks argue that the government is trampling on your “civil liberties” by attempting to improve/implement safety standards, then they should also be realistic and admit that without those safety standards, things are…well…less safe. And since most are okay with that (unless, of course you’re one of the ones who actually lose your life) then acknowledge it.

You don’t like Universal HealthCare?  That is your right. But know that someone just died because they had no access to free health care. You want to take issue with the perceived unfair tactics used by various administrations in the name of “National Security?” Again, that is your right. But remain silent when a terrorist exploits a loophole to kill citizens that could’ve been prevented if not for giving you want you want. It is just the cold truth.

Gun Deabate TSA photo

Would you rather no searches before someone boards a plane

I don’t envy the decision makers. Civil liberty vs. National Security is a zero-sum proposition. If you want increased security, you will have to give up a bit of your liberty. This isn’t new to us, we do it today. Most of us accept a small encroachment into our privacy by allowing the TSA to search us and our bags before we board a plane. There, we’ve decided to give up some of our liberties so that the government can do something to keep terrorists off of planes.

Unfortunately, the price of a safe flight isn’t just the ticket (and taxes/fees). What about e-commerce? If you want to engage in online banking, for example, you’re going to have to provide your private information so companies can authenticate you in an effort to reduce – to whatever extent possible – the likelihood of malicious actors doing bad things to your financial accounts and records.

In other areas, we haven’t been pushed far enough…yet. Maybe we will…maybe we won’t. One thing is for certain, today, we’ve collectively decided that we should be able to get what we want and do what we want, when we want.  PERIOD. And, as long as those ideas don’t directly impact someone else, then the government should LEAVE.ME.ALONE. That is our definition of freedom.

Full disclosure, as you know, I own several pistols and rifles… It’s time for me to admit that for me to own my firearms, someone has died. They will pay the ultimate price so I may have a pistol. So, to avoid being hypocritical: Thank you. Thank you to every man, woman, and child, every police officer, every young black male, every rapper, every assassinated public figure and celebrity, every individual who prematurely terminated their own life, and to every family impacted by someone’s death resulting from being on the business end of a firearm. I truly wish that life dealt you all different cards. There but for the grace of God goes I.

I know that in order for me to fully engage in my RIGHT to own a gun, someone…somewhere…who has ill intent shares that right with me. However, under the camouflage of those rights, they will make the decision to do something terrible with it. They will make you pay the price so that I may have my rights. So thank you.

 

How do you feel about that?

Is it sad that a lot of folks don’t get involved until after a tragedy? 

 

Malcolm X On The Second Amendment

  • http://www.facebook.com/fred.murtz.7 Fred Murtz

    There is no U or I in today’s global society, something this generation fails to understand. Any group of people who are successful and living a good life, free of the opression of Global White supremacy, live as “WE, and US”

  • http://www.facebook.com/thianesiat Thianesia Gaskins

    The DEATH is not of the material kind, thus the birth is imaterial. The matter wrong and write is all ready with the u. U are the matter with u, not I.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thianesiat Thianesia Gaskins

    the LIPIKAS -sanscrit Veda Tamil Kshetria caste turned Brahma.. they are directly connected with the above karma with the Day of Judgement or the Day Be With Us, when everthing becomes ONE, ALL INDIVIDUALITIES BECOMING ONE YET EACH KNOWING ITSELF.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thianesiat Thianesia Gaskins

    those scribes who circum u are known as the 1. forty assesors of Amenti. 2. the four recording angels in the kabala. 3. the Hindu four maha rajas 4. the christian seven through angles of the presence. 5. the BOOK OF COMMING FORTH PER DAY……

  • http://www.facebook.com/thianesiat Thianesia Gaskins

    no one can die and be reborn for u. u are ur own saviour, it is a process. u are ur own parent mind to give a virgin birth anu padaka to ur new self when the u eveolve. that is a DEATH OF THE OLD SELF, NOT SOMEONE OUTSIDE OF U.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thianesiat Thianesia Gaskins

    IT IS ALL OUT OF AFRICA MY FRIEND THE DAY BEGAN IN THE DARKENESS OF NIGHT.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thianesiat Thianesia Gaskins

    Hence the allegory that THEY CIRCUMSCRIBE the limits of maniifestation of the world of matter within the Ring-Pass -Not– a mist i cal weigh of saying the ur actions and the actions impressed on u circumscribe thhe limits of manifestations of the world of matter within the limits of karmc achievement for evolving being and these limits are known as the PASS ME NOT O SAVIOR. THE KNOT OF ISIS. THE ARK OF THE CO VENANT, THE WOMB OF NATURE, THE SWA ASTI KA, THE BARQUE OF RA..

  • http://www.facebook.com/thianesiat Thianesia Gaskins

    the noumena impersonal-self is the parent-source of the EGO the person-al-self .

  • http://www.facebook.com/thianesiat Thianesia Gaskins

    geo to noumen and noumen to nous to mum be re. the waters of the emotional reflectiions of those who begin have made an impression on uu.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thianesiat Thianesia Gaskins

    spiritualize, abstract from nature AS ABOVE SO BELOW; AS BELOW SO ABOVE; or on eartth as it is in heaven, or astro to geo metry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thianesiat Thianesia Gaskins

    ur personal I AM con scious THAT I AM man (think) u fest MIND, THE ALL AS THE UNI VERSE IS MENTAL.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thianesiat Thianesia Gaskins

    there is no need to limit ur self. the recorders of and in the Karmic ledger of ur soul are system mark the personal ego -is ur “I AM” and the impersonal self -is ur community, parent in noumenon (name).

  • http://www.facebook.com/thianesiat Thianesia Gaskins

    the ALL IS OUT OF THE DEEP. SO BE IN CONTROL OF ALL THE KNOWLEDGE BA

  • http://www.facebook.com/thianesiat Thianesia Gaskins

    in ur beginning there was u. and u know not when consciously. but u know in ur mind, the spiritual master of u. u must spiritualize the knowledge of the contributions of all it is Urs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thianesiat Thianesia Gaskins

    there is no price of the relationship to truth. four walls do not a prison make. U are ur own leader the internalization of the most hight

  • http://www.facebook.com/fred.murtz.7 Fred Murtz

    Today’s no leadership, no movement, no organization and no creativity global African community, likes to harp on a romantic line or 2 from a leader, then expound on it as though that was all the leader had to offer! For instance is this well known or viral???: (From the OAAU Principles); “The Organization of Afro-American Unity will take measures to free our people from economic slavery. One way of accomplishing this will be to maintain a technician pool: that is, a bank of technicians. In the same manner that blood banks have been established to furnish blood to those who need it at the time it is needed, we must establish a technician bank. We must do this so that the newly independent nations of Africa can turn to us who are their Afro-American brothers for the technicians they will need now and in the future. Thereby we will be developing an open market for the many skills we possess and at the same time we will be supplying Africa with the skills she can best use. This project will therefore be one of mutual cooperation and mutual benefit.”