David Beito at Liberty and Power posts an interesting clip of a speech by Malcolm X during which the latter defends the Second Amendment. But I actually found the beginning of the clip to be more interesting. There, Malcolm X argues:
When you live in a poor neighborhood, you are living in an area where you have to have poor schools. When you have poor schools, you have poor teachers. When you have poor teachers, you get a poor education. When you get a poor education, you are destined to be a poor man and a poor woman the rest of your life.
So, why not break this “very vicious cycle” by breaking one of the conditions – namely that where you live determines where you go to school? To use Malcolm X’s logic, school choice could be a powerful anti-poverty program. I’m not an expert on Malcolm X’s views, so not sure what he would have thought about such a proposal.
Malcolm X’s autobiography was one of the more consuming books I read as a teenager. It is definitely worth a read. Indeed, Malcolm X might be on the top of the list of historical figures from the 1960’s whom I wish I could have interviewed or seen speak in person. Note: one of the men who killed him was recently paroled.