Malcolm X: Wait a minute. This was written by white folks, though. This is the white folks’ book.
Baines: Sure ain’t no black man’s book.
Malcolm X: So what’re we reading this one for?
Baines: Because the truth is laying there, if you read behind the words. You got to take everything the white man says and use it against him.
Malcolm X: Yeah?
Odell: Hey Easy, find a job yet?
Easy Rawlins: I ain’t studyin’ no job, Odell.
Odell: Ain’t studyin’ no job? How you gonna live?
Easy Rawlins: I got a little money saved up. I’ll invest in real estate. Maybe go into business for myself.
Odell: What kind of business?
Easy Rawlins: A little private investigating.
Odell: You get in trouble doing that.
Easy Rawlins: Well, like a man told me once: “Step out your door, you’re already in trouble. Just a matter if you’re mixed up at the top or not, that’s all.”