You don’t integrate with a sinking ship. You don’t do anything to further your stay on board a ship that you see is on its way down to the bottom of the ocean. Moses tried to separate his people from Pharaoh, and when he tried, the magicians tried to fool the people into staying with Pharaoh. And we look upon these other organizations that are trying to get Negroes to integrate with this doomed white man as nothing but modern-day magicians, and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad as the modern-day Moses who’s trying to separate us from the modern-day Pharaoh.
Clark: What do you feel Negroes should do in respect to obtaining even more effective protection from our federal government?
Malcolm X: You never will get protection from the federal government. That’s like, King is asking Kennedy to go to Alabama to stand in the doorway, put his body in the doorway. That’s like asking the fox to protect you from the wolf. And when black – now, the masses of black people can see this. And it is only the Negro leadership, the bourgeois, hand-picked handful of Negroes who think that they’re going to get some kind of respect, recognition, or protection from the government.
The government is responsible for what is happening to black people in this country. The president has power; you notice he didn’t send any troops into Birmingham to protect the Negroes when the dogs were biting the Negroes. The only time he sent troops into Birmingham was when the Negroes erupted, and then the president sent troops in there, not to protect the Negroes, but to protect them white people down there from those erupting Negroes.