The press whips up hysteria in the white public. Then it shifts gears and starts working trying to get the sympathy of the white public to support whatever criminal action they’re getting ready to involve the United States in.
Remember how they[the American press] referred to the hostages as “white hostages.” Not “hostages.” They said “cannibals” in the Congo had “white hostages.” Oh, and this got you all shook up. White nuns, white priests, white missionaries. What’s the difference between a white hostage and a Black hostage? What’s the difference between a white life and a Black life? You must think there’s a difference, because your press specifies whiteness. “Nineteen white hostages” cause you to grieve in your heart.
During the months when bombs were being dropped on Black people by the hundreds and the thousands[in the Congo], you said nothing. And you did nothing. But as soon as a handful of white people who didn’t have any business getting caught up in that thing in the first place — as soon as their lives became involved, you got concerned…
….It’s imagery. They [the American press] use their ability to create images, and then they use these images that they’ve created to mislead the people. To confuse the people and make the people accept wrong as right and reject right as wrong. Make the people actually think that the criminal is the victim and the victim is the criminal.”
Taken from Malcolm X: The Last Speeches(Pages 164-166)