Progress, according to Malcolm X

The definition of progress is “forward or onward movement toward a destination.” As much as we would like to say that we’ve made progress since slavery times, that’s clearly not the case. Nearly 150 years after the abolishment of slavery, there are still systems in place that systematically oppress people of color, with the majority of the non-minority population ignoring that there is even an issue.

We cannot start to embrace progress until we acknowledge that the issue exists.

“If you stick a knife in my back nine inches and pull it out six inches, there’s no progress. If you pull it all the way out that’s not progress. Progress is healing the wound that the blow made. And they haven’t even pulled the knife out much less heal the wound. They won’t even admit the knife is there.” – Malcolm X