Sunday, May 23, 2004

Happy Birthday Malcolm X!

I know that I am late with this, but Malcolm X was born on May 19 in 1925, so that would have been on Wednesday this year.

What if Malcolm X returned?

I think if Malcolm X returned he would have truly been a force to reckon with. His death was part of a much bigger plan to undermind black leadership; his death was hand in hand with the death of Martin Luther King.

In a nutshell, Malcolm X was born the victim of racism in a major way. His father was killed by racists, being a radical himself. Malcolm took to the streets as "Detroit Red", the badazz gangsta role which most young black males try to emulate to this day. After ending up in jail, he was introduced to the Nation of Islam by family members. He then became Malcolm X the main speaker for the NOI; my favorite speech by him in this phase being "The Bullet or the Ballot." In my opinion this was one of the most important speeches in US history. He got kicked out of the nation for his "chickens coming home to roost" remark regarding the Kennedy Assasination; and then went on to explore the Islamic faith on a more personal and deeper level, leading to his going to Mecca. After discovering what Islam was all about, he became El Hajj Malik El Shabazz. He was assasinated in a conspiracy involving many players. Spike Lee made a wonderful (but flawed) movie about his life, purchase it here. Also, read >"The Autobiography of Malcolm X."

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