Black History Month–Malcolm X

Too many look upon Malcolm X as a “black nationalist”….and a member of the Nation of Islam…..someone who hated whites and worked against them until his death in 1965…….

Sorry but that is not completely accurate……after his visit to Mecca he embraced orthodox Islam and cooled his more radical views on race however he remained a proponent of “black power” until his death…..

Malcolm X was the passionate and controversial black activist who was assassinated in New York City in 1965.

Born in Nebraska and raised in a foster home, Malcolm Little had a troubled youth that included burglary and drug dealing. At age 20 he was sent to prison for a 10-year term. While in prison, he adopted the Black Muslim faith and upon his release in 1952 became a minister of the Nation of Islam. As Malcolm X, he was a charismatic advocate of black separatism who rejected Martin Luther King, Jr.’s policies of non-violence.

At first a follower of Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X broke with the Nation of Islam in 1964. That same year he made a pilgrimage to Mecca and shortly afterwards he embraced orthodox Islam and took the name El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. He recanted some of his earlier more strident viewpoints on race, though he remained a staunch advocate of “black power.”

Malcolm X was shot to death by a group of men while giving a speech in New York City in 1965; some of the men had connections to the Nation of Islam, though a formal tie between that group and the assassination was never proven.

If you would like more info on Malcolm X then I suggest that this site will be the best and most informative……

Source: Malcolm X |

Another leader of the people that needs more exposure than he gets….most know only of his early years and do not go past the rhetoric….time for that to change!

He was an activist that needs to be studied and appreciated.


4 thoughts on “Black History Month–Malcolm X

  1. I started to comment, but, realized anything I began would keep growing, until it achieved ‘mondo-mega-rant status; in my opinion, the subject of race, unless one is speaking of the ONLY race, i.e., the human race, is a discussion doomed to devolve into conflict. The very idea there are different races, based simply on skin pigmentation, is a failure of intellect; there is no such division in nature. Any human can mate & breed with any other; this proves the fallibility of making any other distinctions.

    But, most humans, of any skin pigmentation, need some sort of hierarchal status, one they can believe places them on a ‘higher’ level than any other; this is always true of those who deny their own nature, & fear their own adequacy. Any person of average intelligence is capable of thought; this does not mean they will think.

    As is clear, this theme could be explored for a long time. Suffice it to say here, it is good to know and understand history, but, one needs to remember, most of human history is a long tale of the same denial of human nature, which thus frees that nature to give vent to its fears, & justifying basing life on false conclusions. It makes humans very simple to manipulate, when they are always ready to believe the expedient over the truth.

    gigoid, the dubious

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