Analyzing leaderships in his contemporary antiracist struggle, which included the Civil Rights Movement, Malcolm writes in his autobiography:
“Since slavery, the American white man has always kept some handpicked Negroes who fared much better than the black masses suffering and slaving out in the hot fields. The white man had these “house” and “yard” Negroes for his special servants. […] He knew that he could always count on them to keep “good massa” happy in his self-image of being so “good” and “righteous”.
Well, slavery time’s “house” and “yard” Negroes had become more sophisticated, that was all.”