he woman is
the man's field to produce his nation. If he does not keep the enemy
out of his field, he won't produce a good nation. If we love our
vegetable crops we will go out and turn up the leaves on that vegetable
stalk and look carefully for worms that are eating and destroying the
vegetables. We will kill that worm - right?
Again, we will go out into the cotton field and look for the enemies
of our cotton and try to kill that enemy. We study poisons and chemicals
of the earth and we pour these chemicals on the enemies of our crops to
keep their enemies from destroying them. We love a crop that we can
produce every year, every season, so well that we will kill every enemy
that we find seeking to destroy it.
We will even kill one another if we find the other one our there
trying to steal that crop.
Is not your woman more valuable than that crop of corn, that crop of
cotton, that crop of cabbage, potatoes, beans, tomatoes? How much more
valuable is your woman than these crops that you should keep the enemies
from destroying the crops. Yet you are not careful about your women. You
don't love them. Why? It is because you have allowed visitors to run in
and out of your house, thus they have destroyed your love for your woman
and your woman has not the love for you that she should.
That is a good sign. Until we learn to love and protect our woman, we
will never be a fit and recognized people on the earth. The white people
here among you will never recognize you until you protect your woman.
The brown man will never recognize you until you protect your woman.
The yellow man will never recognize you until you protect your woman.
The white man will never recognize you until you protect your woman.
You and I may go to Harvard, we may go to York of England, or go to
Al Ahzar in Cairo and get degrees from all of these great seats of
learning. But we will never be recognized until we recognize our women.
On visiting with a couple of my sons in what they call the Near East,
in 1959, I began in Turkey. We traveled form Turkey down to Africa to
Ethiopia and the Sudan. We visited Arabia (Mecca and Medina), and we
visited Pakistan. We returned home from Lahore, Pakistan, on or about
the 6th of January, 1960. We didn't even find on that entire tour such a
thing as not recognizing the black woman.
Everywhere we went, the Black man recognized his woman. He had great
respect for her. We dined in many of the "top (as you say in slang)
homes". We dined with some of the most influential people of these
countries - government people. In some of their homes, we never did see
any of their family, only men.
The waiter was a man or a boy, not any woman. My beloved brothers in
America, you have lost the respect for your woman and therefore you have
lost the respect for yourself. You won't protect her; therefore you
can't protect yourself.
She is your first nurse. She is your teacher. Your first lesson comes
from your mother. If you don't protect your mother, how do you think you
look in the eyes of other fellow human beings?
(Reprinted from "Message to the Blackman In America" 1965.)