Malcolm X: Panel discussion, WINS Radio, February 18, 1965
- White man: You're doing all you can to encourage it, Malcolm-
- Malcolm X: Not encouraging it.
- White man: -with your inflammatory and demagogic language-
- Malcolm X: No, no, I don't-
- White man: Oh yes you do.
- Malcolm X: I don't encourage it; but I'm not going to sit here and pretend that it doesn't exist.
- Another white man: Don't you incite Malcolm? Don't you incite?
- Malcolm X: I don't think so. How are you going to incite people who are living in slums and ghettos? It's the city structure that incites. A city that continues to let people live in rat-nest dens in Harlem and pay higher rent in Harlem than they pay downtown. This is what incites it. Who lets merchants overcharge people for their groceries and their clothing and other commodities in Harlem, while you pay less for it downtown. This is what incites it. A city that will not create some kind of employment for people who are barred from having jobs just because their skin is Black. That's what incites it. Don't ever accuse a Black man for voicing his resentment and dissatisfaction over the criminal condition of his people as being responsible for inciting a situation. You have to indict the society that allows these things to exist.