Skip to comments.Malcolm X scholar Manning Marable dies at 60
Posted on 04/02/2011 1:22:41 AM PDT by LucyT
NEW YORK Manning Marable, an influential historian whose forthcoming Malcolm X biography could revise perceptions of the slain civil rights leader, died Friday, just days before the book described as his life's work was to be released.
Two decades in the making, the nearly 600-page biography is described as a re-evaluation of Malcolm X's life, bringing fresh insight to subjects..."
The book is based on exhaustive research, including thousands of pages of FBI files and records from the Central Intelligence Agency and State Department.
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NYT “In July 2010, he had undergone a double lung transplant”
This fact was part of a larger object lesson that Malcolm X had for Black Americans:
Jomo Kenyatta, Oginga Odinga, and the Mau Mau will go down as the greatest African patriots and freedom fighters that that continent ever knew, and they will be given credit for bringing about the independence of many of the existing independent states on that continent right now. There was a time when their image was negative, but today they're looked upon with respect and their chief is the president and their next chief is the vice president.
I have to take time to mention that because, in my opinion, not only in Mississippi and Alabama, but right here in New York City, you and I can best learn how to get real freedom by studying how Kenyatta brought it to his people in Kenya, and how Odinga helped him, and the excellent job that was done by the Mau Mau freedom fighters. In fact, that's what we need in Mississippi. In Mississippi we need a Mau Mau. In Alabama we need a Mau Mau. In Georgia we need a Mau Mau. Right here in Harlem, in New York City, we need a Mau Mau. -----
OGINGA ODINGA, WHO WENT TO THE SAME SCHOOL AT MASENO AS BARAK HUSSEIN OBAMA ONYANGO, VISITED MALCOLM X IN ATLANTA IN 1960...small world...
Support for Barack Obama
Manning Marable claims that Barack Obama has read some of his books and "understands what socialism is."
Manning Marable, writing in the December 2008 issue of British Trotskyist journal Socialist Review, also claimed that Obama works with socialists with backgrounds in the Communist Party.
Obama represents a generation of what might be called post-racial black politicians-by which I mean they espouse a politics that minimises matters of race. They do not like to talk about race and subsume it under the rubric of poverty and class. So they are generally left of centre, or liberal, on social and economic policy. Obama is a progressive liberal.
What makes Obama different is that he has also been a community organiser. He has read left literature, including my works, and he understands what socialism is. A lot of the people working with him are, indeed, socialists with backgrounds in the Communist Party or as independent Marxists. There are a lot of people like that in Chicago who have worked with him for years...
When Dr Marable voted for Barack Obama, he voted for him not as a Democrat, but on the New York Working Families Party (WFP) line. Manning Marable is a member of the WFP which is a direct descendant of the now defunct New Party.
Why vote for Obama on a Working Families ticket? You are counted independently of the Democrats and it shows there is a left constituency in the state of New York. It gives us some leverage on decision-making and policy and we run our own candidates at local level.
Marable, as a Marxist tactician, went on to explain that to win elections and promote his policies Obama has to be subtle. He must bring his opponents on board and be careful not to scare centrist voters.
Obama regularly sends text messages to millions of people. He just sent a message saying, "Don't go away, now I need you to help govern." There is a debate right now within the Obama campaign about whether to move fast or go more slowly. The argument is that there have been 10 elections for president between 1968 and 2004 and Republicans have won seven of them. Obama is looking at the history and so are progressives who worked with him or critically endorsed him, like myself.
Dr Marable then defined the role of the left under an Obama administration-to push Obama in a "progressive" direction, just as the communists and socialists like A. Philip Randolph pressured Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1930s.
My argument is simple. The left must force him to carry out the agenda he promised, and that includes a national healthcare system...That is the number-three priority. The main priority is ending the war in Iraq. The second is the economic crisis. We need a robust Keynesian approach to employment and investment in infrastructure - a lot of the bridges built by the works projects administration of Franklin D Roosevelt 75 years ago need to be rebuilt and the roads are crumbling. Most of us on the left have taken a position of critical support toward Obama. We have to press him to carry out his own agenda.
The analogy of FDR is appropriate. But someone has to play the role of A Philip Randolph, the black socialist leader who attacked FDR from the left and in 1941 forced him to sign an executive order outlawing racial discrimination in factories producing for the war effort that refused to hire black people. Randolph threatened to bring 100,000 black workers to surround the White House. Roosevelt capitulated and signed an order that was the foundation of affirmative action. We need a network that can do it. That is the challenge for socialists in the US...
The National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America is a mass-based coalition organized for the sole purpose of obtaining reparations for African descendants in the United States
will odumbo lower the flag at half-mast?
Everybody needs to read this and never forget it. Don’t let it get swept under the rug. There are so many admissions here.
He has gone to his reward.
He will not be missed. Unfortunately, there are plenty to take his place.
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NYT: “Malcolm X himself contributed to many of the fictions (in the “Autobiography”), Mr. Marable argues, by exaggerating, glossing over or omitting important incidents in his life. These episodes include a criminal career far more modest than he claimed, an early homosexual relationship with a white businessman, his mothers confinement in a mental hospital for nearly 25 years and secret meetings with leaders of groups as divergent as the Ku Klux Klan and the Palestine Liberation Organization.
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention shows, for instance, that at a time when Malcolm X claimed in the autobiography to have devoted himself to increasingly violent crime in New York, he was actually in Lansing, Mich., his hometown. Mr. Marable attributes the embroidery of amateurish attempts at gangsterism to Malcolm Xs wish to demonstrate that the Nation of Islams gospel of pride and self-respect had the power to redeem even the most depraved criminal.
In many ways, the published book is more Haleys than its authors, Mr. Marable writes, noting that Haley, who died in 1992, was a liberal Republican and staunch integrationist who held racial separation and religious extremism in contempt but was fascinated by the tortured tale of Malcolms personal life.
” The Marable book also sheds new light on Malcolm Xs departure from the Nation of Islam and the subsequent feud with the organization and its founder, Elijah Muhammad, preceding his assassination. That split is usually attributed to theological and political differences and the jealousy of Muhammads children and inner circle.
But Mr. Marable also points to an episode of almost Oedipal sexual duplicity, in which Elijah Muhammad impregnated a woman Malcolm X had loved since he was a young man. Malcolm must have felt a deep sense of betrayal, Mr. Marable writes. “
Catching up, again.
NYT: Malcolm X himself contributed to many of the fictions (in the Autobiography), Mr. Marable argues, by exaggerating, glossing over or omitting important incidents in his life. - These episodes include a criminal career far more modest than he claimed, an early homosexual relationship with a white businessman..."
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