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Malcolm X as Relevant Today as 50 Years Ago


Malcolm X as Relevant Today as 50 Years Ago

Brian Gilmore

Fifty years ago, on Feb. 21, 1965, Malcolm X was brutally murdered in New York City. With his assassination, the United States missed a chance to fully address some of the racial issues that persist to this day.


Malcolm X died in the sixties along with President Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy and many other peace activists. In my opinion these people died because of a coup by the FBI and the CIA. A coup of evil men that to this day would like to drop bombs. We have been living under this coup every since, right under our noses. Today poor whites are in the same subjugation as poor African Americans. School to prison to feed the Prison Industrial Complex, predatory lending for those who thought they could live the exaggerated American dream, cities raped by baseball and football stadiums, new jails, small town jails and court complexes, and then there are the private military industrial complexes that pay their militias (mercenaries) ten times what our Army, Navy, Air Force pay our enlisted men and woman, just to name a few big examples. The poor, and now the lower middle class, are living under the clandestine coup of the FBI, CIA, National Security Agency, Homeland Security. We need to become better citizens and learn to represent our communities. I am so proud of the young men and women that went into the streets speaking against the few bad cops. We need a purge our government of fantastical that feast on the poor . Malcolm X could have helped us. We need to learn his lessons and get on with the his work.


i always think of a quote by Malcolm X when he said to a large gathering… “The American Negro didn’t land on Plymouth Rick, Plymouth Rock landed on the American Negro!” Fifty years later and some could argue that the situation is actually worse. Affirmative Action was repealed, mass incarceration of African Americans has soared, new laws have disenfranchised black voters and the civil rights movement has all but disappeared. Corporate fundamentalism is complete now with the wholesale purchase of the government, the media and even our schools. Critical thinking and debates are shunned, militarism is celebrated and we now have more distractions than ever to keep us from being active participants in the governing of our communities and our country.


A TED talk
“Fifty-three years ago, James A. White Sr. joined the US Air Force. But
as an African American man, he had to go to shocking lengths to find a
place for his young family to live nearby. He tells this powerful story
about the lived experience of “everyday racism” — and how it echoes
today in the way he’s had to teach his grandchildren to interact with


There were three persons in the one body of Malcolm.

Malcolm Little who was a small time hood that got caught and sent to prison where he flourished under the strict leadership of the Black Muslim recruiters and teachers there, and became Malcolm X Muslim preacher and spokesperson .

Malcolm X in ascendance was as erratic and inconsistent as his mentor, Elijah Mohammed but much more eloquent and persuasive. As such Malcolm X warranted keeping an eye on by the racist FBI of J. Edgar Hoover, but was easily marginalized as a “preacher of hate” to white America.

Malcolm X’s two unpardonable sins were: He spoke the truth to and about power without mincing words and he refused to continue to be a ventriloquist’s dummy for Elijah Mohammed, who felt that he and his teachings were responsible for making Malcolm Little, ex-con, into Malcolm X, spokesperson for the Nation of Islam and a growing number of African Americans dissatisfied with or unconvinced by the Martin Luther King Jr. non-violent strategy of confrontation.

The problem with gifted and eloquent thinkers, speakers, and teachers is that their understanding grows and transforms over time. And so it was with Malcolm X who became Malcolm Shabazz. Malcolm Shabazz stopped preaching the pipe-dreams of Elijah Mohamed about:
A separate segregated nation of African Americans (in Mississippi of all places because at that time they had the largest percentage of blacks in their population of any state).
That African Americans were not only equal to Caucasian Americans but morally superior to their tormentors.
And securing rights “by any means necessary” (code words for armed aggression in the minds of the non-African American population of the US).
Malcolm Shabazz became expendable to not only the national security establishment but also to the Nation of Islam cult from which he broke fellowship.
When Malcolm Shabazz started to reach out to Martin Luther King Jr. about cooperation in areas of mutual concern a critical mass was reached in the minds of those who opposed him and Martin Luther King Jr.
King was dominant in the rural and Protestant South but largely ineffective outside of this area. Shabazz was exactly the opposite to many of the inner-city African Americans outside of Dixie.
Together they could galvanize growing African American resentment into a coherent political force opposed to racism and more importantly to the Vietnamese conflict.
So Shabazz had to go. The assassins had to be black and the murder had to remain unsolved. Mission accomplished.
Except in the minds of many who can discover that transformation of Malcolm X, ventriloquist dummy, into Malcolm Shabazz, transformational leader, on the many clips about him on You tube and elsewhere.


The common denominator in all the deaths you mentioned was LBJ, who hated everyone of these leaders for various reasons and was not above allowing murder to solve what he perceived as “problems”.