Skip to comments.Obama, the African Colonial
Posted on 06/24/2009 10:54:57 PM PDT by neverdem
Had Americans been able to stop obsessing over the color of Barack Obama's skin and instead paid more attention to his cultural identity, maybe he would not be in the White House today. The key to understanding him lies with his identification with his father, and his adoption of a cultural and political mindset rooted in postcolonial Africa.
Thanks for the post and the link. Read the whole thing. Is this what lies between BO’s ears?
Between fanatical muslim ears...I guess it’s the idea behind ‘The Arab Spring’ thing. Muslims and workers of the world unite. Democracy/Mob Rule/Sharia.
Frank Marshall Davis was an active member of the Communist Party in Hawaii, even after it went formally underground in 1950, when he assumed chairmanship of a tiny cell known as Group #10. Later Davis joined in the infiltration of the Hawaii Democratic Party, serving in 1950, as Assistant Secretary and Delegate to the Territorial Democratic Convention in his Precinct Club Third Precinct of the Fifth District.
Davis was also later observed by the FBI on several occasions photographing remote shorelines and beachfronts, possibly for intelligence purposes. The FBI continued to monitor Davis into the 1960s and he was placed on the Security Index. This meant Davis was marked for immediate arrest should war break out between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.
While the Communist Party in Hawaii faded into the Democratic party and the International Longshore Workers Union, there is no evidence that Frank Marshall Davis ever stopped being a communist. As late as 1973, three years after Davis met and began mentoring the 10 year old Barack Obama, he was still listed as an endorser of one of the partys oldest fronts, the Committee for Protection of Foreign Born.
Ah, from Trevor Loudon. I’ve seen a couple of his pieces before. I’ve got to bookmark his site.
BOOKMARK: Just type a name into SEARCH in capital letters and click GO:
FRANK MARSHALL DAVIS
Trevor Loudon is an incredible researcher. I’ve got his site saved now.
The commie connection is so inescapably crystal clear.
And FMD is so patently not any blood kin to Zero I laugh when people opine that he’s the bio-dad.
I came up with the answer: "The same people who were on OJ's JURY."
from Wikipedia, on Yacob and the NATION OF ISLAM:
Yakub (Nation of Islam)
Yakub (sometimes spelled Yacub or Yakob) is according to the Nation of Islam, a black scientist who lived 6,600 years ago and was responsible for creating the white race to be a race of devils. The Nation of Islam theology claims that Yakub is the biblical Jacob.
Yakub is said to have been born in what would become Mecca (Founded in 2000 B.C.) at a time when 30% of original black people were dissatisfied. He was a member of the Meccan branch of the Tribe of Shabazz.At the age of six, he discovered the law of attraction and repulsion by playing with magnets made of steel. This insight led to a dastardly plan to create a new people. He saw an unlike human being, made to attract others, who could, with the knowledge of tricks and lies, rule the original black man. By the age of 18 he had exhausted all knowledge in the universities of Mecca. He then discovered that the original black man contained both a black germ and a brown germ. With 59,999 followers he went to the island of Patmos, where he established a despotic regime and set about breeding out the black traits, killed all darker babies and created a brown race after 200 years. After 600 years of this deliberate eugenics the white race was created.
According to The Autobiography of Malcolm X, all the races other than the black race were byproducts of Yakubs work, however, the black race included all Asian peoples, considered to be shared ancestors of the Moors. Whites were defined as Europeans. The latter category includes such Black Jews as Beta Israel.
According to NOI doctrine, Yakubs progeny were destined to rule for 6,000 years before the original black peoples of the world regained dominance, a process that had begun in 1914.
The Autobiography further notes that, in Malcolm Xs travels in the Middle East, many Muslims reacted with shock upon hearing about the doctrine of Yakub, which, while present in NOI theology, does not appear in mainstream Islam.[page needed]
The African-American author and playwright Amiri Barakas play A Black Mass takes inspiration from the story of Yakub.
And now we can follow why Malcolm X maintained there were NO WHITE PEOPLE represented at the BANDUNG CONFERENCE IN INDONESIA IN 1955.
Countries represented in the Asia-Africa Conference in Bandung, Indonesia in 1955. Twenty-nine independent countries were present, representing over half the world's population. Vietnam is represented twice by both North and South Vietnam.
Member states of the Non-Aligned Movement (2007). Light blue states have observer status.
Afghanistan Burma Cambodia Ceylon People's Republic of China Cyprus 1 Egypt Ethiopia India Indonesia Iran Iraq Japan Jordan Laos Lebanon Liberia Libya Nepal Pakistan Philippines Saudi Arabia Syria Sudan Thailand Turkey Democratic Republic of Vietnam State of Vietnam (Republic of Vietnam) Yemen
YES. That’s why I posted that comment for the record. Two questions I had in my mind are now answered. Where did the name Shabazz come from, and why would Malcolm X maintain that ‘white people’ were not invited to attend the Bandung Conference in 1955?
Both answers straight out of the putrid mind of Elijah Mohammad.
Anti-Semitism has had a long history among African Americans. In the 1920s, for instance, the buy-black campaign of the black-nationalist leader Marcus Garvey was explicitly targeted against Jews, and Garvey later spoke admiringly of Adolf Hitler.
In February 1948 the black writer James Baldwin acknowledged how widespread anti-Semitism was in his community, writing: Georgia has the Negro and Harlem has the Jew. Baldwin later succumbed to such views himself when he wrote that while Christians made up America’s true power structure, the Jew is doing their dirty work. He went on to denigrate Jewish financial support of civil rights organizations as mere conscience money.
Malcolm X, too, was a vociferous anti-Semite both publicly and privately. According to author Murray Friedman, when Malcolm met with representatives of the Ku Klux Klan to solicit their support for his project of black separatism, he “assured them” that “it was Jews who were behind the integration movement.”
The prominent role that Jews played in the American civil rights movement did little to diminish black anti-Semitism. When the movement first began to gain traction in the late 1950s and early 60s, the front-line troops in the Montgomery bus boycott and then in the lunch-counter sit-ins were all blacks; but among the whites who soon rallied to the cause, a disproportionately large share were Jews. The Freedom Riders rode in integrated detachments, and two-thirds of the whites, Murray Friedman reports, were Jews.
A few years later (1964) came the Mississippi Summer, a black-voter-registration project conceived and organized by a Jew, Allard Lowenstein. According to Friedman, Jews made up from one-third to one-half of the white volunteers who took part. Of the three volunteers who lost their lives in the project, two — Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman — were Jews.
In his book Blacks and Jews, Paul Berman reports that Jews contributed one-half to three-quarters of the financial support received by civil rights groups in the 1960s. The organizational support they provided was equally pronounced. All over the United States, Jewish organizations assigned staffers to work on civil rights initiatives. In those days, writes Berman, it was almost as if to be Jewish and liberal were, by definition, to fly a flag for black America.
Then, just as the struggle for civil rights achieved its cardinal victories with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, many of its black activists began to turn away from their original goals, taking up instead the cause of Black Power. The driving motive of Black Power was the venting of rage over racial humiliation, a rage that the earlier civil rights movement had insisted on subordinating to the strategy of nonviolence and sublimating in the rhetoric of Christian love.
This rage manifested itself within the civil rights movement’s own organizations, where the presence of whites in leading positions — and indeed at all levels — was now regarded as an intolerable affront. CORE and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which had been on the cutting edge of the fight for integration, suddenly became racially exclusive.
With whites in the movement redefined as oppressors and opportunists, and with so many of the whites being Jews, some of the new hostility was bound to assume an anti-Jewish tone. In 1968, during a New York City school strike, leaflets were distributed by blacks attacking Jewish teachers as Middle-East murderers of colored people.
In more recent decades, a number of leading black activists — some immensely popular and influential — have become vocal exponents of anti-Semitic.. Stoking the fires of racial grievance and victimology, they aim to imbue fellow blacks with contempt for, and envy of, Jews. Some of these anti-Semites serve as Imams or ministers at major mosques across the country. Others work as chaplains in America’s prison system. Others have established themselves as leaders of the contemporary civil rights movement.
City College of New York professor Leonard Jeffries, for instance, contends that rich Jews who financed the development of Europe also financed the slave trade. He charges that Jews have greatly exaggerated the horrors of the Holocaust, and he once described Jewish academicians who disagreed with his views as slick and devilish and dirty and dastardly.
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan also has a long, well-documented history of diatribes about the “white devils” and Jewish “bloodsuckers” who purportedly decimate America’s black community from coast to coast. He has referred to Judaism as a “gutter religion,” and to Adolf Hitler as “a wickedly great man.”
In January 1984 Jesse Jackson referred to Jews as “Hymies,” and to New York City as “Hymietown,” during a private conversation with a black Washington Post reporter, Milton Coleman. Jackson assumed — largely because of what he perceived as his racial bond with the black reporter — that the references would not be printed in the media. But a few weeks later, Coleman would permit the slurs to be included in another Post reporter’s article on Jackson’s poor relations with American Jews. News of Jackson’s comments set off a firestorm of of controversy. Jackson at first denied having made the remarks, then accused Jews of conspiring to defeat him. Finally, in late February of 1984, Jackson delivered an emotional speech admitting that he had made the remarks in question, and and seeking atonement before national Jewish leaders in a New Hampshire synagogue.
Civil rights activist Al Sharpton is another prominent African American whose anti-Semitism has frequently been on public display. In 1991, for instance, after anti-Semitic riots in Brooklyns Crown Heights section had erupted in response to a Hasidic Jew’s accidental vehicular homicide of a black child, Sharpton organized angry demonstrations and challenged local Jews whom he derisively called “diamond merchants” to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house to settle the score. Stirred in part by such rhetoric, hundreds of Crown Heights blacks continued rioting for three days and nights, killing an innocent rabbinical student named Yankel Rosenbaum in the process.
Four years later, Sharpton led an ugly boycott against Freddys Fashion Mart, a Jewish-owned clothing store in Harlem, New York. The street leader of the boycott, Morris Powell, was the head of Sharptons Buy Black Committee. He and his fellow protesters repeatedly referred to the Jewish proprietors of Freddys as “the greedy Jew bastards [who are] killing our [black] people.” The subsequent picketing became increasingly menacing in its tone, until one of the protesters eventually shot four whites in the store and then set the building on fire killing seven employees.
According to Nation of Islam spokesman Malik Zulu Shabazz, Jewish conspirators possessed exclusive foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks and saved their own lives that day by not going to their jobs in the World Trade Center. In 2002 Shabazz said: “Kill every goddamn Zionist in Israel! Goddamn little babies, goddamn old ladies! Blow up Zionist supermarkets!”
Shabazz’s mentor, the late Khalid Abdul Muhammad, characterized Jews as slumlords in the black community who were busy sucking our [blacks] blood on a daily and consistent basis.
Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the longtime pastor of Barack Obama during the latter’s years in Chicago, was asked by an interviewer in June 2009 whether he had spoken to President Obama since the latter had taken his oath of office five months earlier. Wright replied: “Them Jews aren’t going to let him [Obama] talk to me.... They will not let him to talk to somebody who calls a spade what it is.”
In a May 2006 appearance at UC Irvine, the Oakland-based Imam Amir Abdel Malik-Ali referred to Jews as “new Nazis” and “a bunch of straight-up punks,” telling them directly: “The truth of the matter is your days are numbered. We will fight you. We will fight you until we are either martyred or until we are victorious.”
Quanell X, the former national youth minister for the Nation of Islam, was quoted thusly in the Chicago Tribune: “I say to Jewish America: Get ready knuckle up, put your boots on, because we’re ready and the war is going down ... Black youth do not want a relationship with the Jewish community ... All you Jews can go straight to hell.”
Adapted partly from “Facing up to Black Anti Semitism,” by Joshua Muravchik (December 1995).
Did anyone ever hear that Obama’s stepmother Kezia was pregnant by another man while her husband Barack Obama was in Hawaii? http://wtpotus.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/obama-mystery-theater-kezias-baby/
You need to do some research...there are doubts that she was ever married to the kenyan-son-of-a-goat-herder. Read ‘Dreams From My Father’ - in which ‘granny’ Sarah clearly states to the children of Kezia: ‘NONE OF YOU ARE HIS CHILDREN!
Now why would they include that in the book if it wasn’t common knowledge in the village?
American Nazi Party Commander George Lincoln Rockwell (center) at a Nation of Islam (NOI) rally, Uline Arena, Washington, DC, June 25, 1961. During the collection, he shouted: George Lincoln Rockwell gives $20! (almost $135 in today's money). Malcolm X, noting the applause, asked him: "George Lincoln Rockwell, you got the biggest hand you ever got, didnt you?
Elijah Muhammad, NOI founder, invited Rockwell to speak at their next Savior's Day Convention, which he did on Sunday, February 25, 1962, before 12,175 people in Chicagos International Amphitheater. (Muhammad Speaks, April 1962, p. 3.) At the podium, in full Nazi regalia, Rockwell opined that Elijah Muhammad is to the so-called Negro what Adolph Hitler is to the German people. He is the most powerful black man in the country. Heil Hitler! (Black History and the Class Struggle, Spartacist League, August 1994, p. 37.)
Updated July 24, 2007
I am continued to be fascinated by the linkage between theocratic fascism ( The Muslim Brotherhood, Elijah Mohammed et all) and liberal fascism ( Black liberation theology nationalism and reparation style socialism for wealth redistribution, using government programs and taxation...and eventually force.).
Obama has clearly pursued this linkage as a matter of US foreign policy, but little has been written about it.Obama means to destroy Israel in a war with Iran, and Obama will do it as a “supporter” of Israel who just ties the hands of the US military to do little or nothing, behind his mask of “supporting “ Israel in a fascist rope-a-dope technique like he used in Libya.
Obama will pursue a continued linkage with the theocratic fascists of Islam.Their advisors are in Obama’s cabinet, and the Department of the Navy. It is amazing that US jews cannot see it.
The Missing Malcolm
By Simon J Black
Manning Marable is a professor of Public Affairs, Political Science, History and African-American Studies at Columbia University in New York City, and the founder of the Center for Contemporary Black History (CCBH). He is the author of numerous works, including How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America (Boston: South End Press, 1983), Race, Reform and Rebellion: The Second Reconstruction in Black America, 1945-1990 (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1991), and Living Black History: How Reimagining the African-American Past Can Remake America’s Racial Future (New York: Basic Civitas Books, 2006). His current works in progress include a new comprehensive biography of Malcolm X, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (New York: Viking, 2009).
I interviewed Dr. Marable at his Columbia University office in Manhattan. He spoke about Malcolm X’s relationship to socialist politics, his intellectual and political development, and the missing chapters in Malcolm’s collaborative autobiography with journalist Alex Haley. The interview was published in the January-February issue of the International Socialist Review and is on newsstands in North America and the UK now.
SIMON BLACK: Dr. Marable, when we speak of W.E.B. Du Bois, A. Phillip Randolph, Bayard Rustin, and Martin Luther King, we are not only speaking of great intellectuals and civil rights leaders, but of democratic socialists. Malcolm also moved to the left in his later life. Much of this has been suppressed or written out of mainstream Civil Rights history. What effect has that had on how African-Americans relate to the left and how the left, black and white, relates to the African-American community?
MANNING MARABLE: African-Americans who identify themselves with socialism or left projects have been drawn to that body of politics based on their realization that racialized injustice is not simply a dynamic of color, but, rather, has something very directly to do with accumulated disadvantage driven by market economics and by the hegemony of capital over labor. Black people in the United States and the Americas who came here were brought here involuntarily due to the demand for labor and the unquenching thirsts on the part of those who own capital and invested in means of production to find the cheapest way to develop a labor pool to exploit and to extract surplus value that is accrued to them through excess profits. The engine that drove the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade was capital, as Eric Williams in Capitalism and Slavery fifty and sixty years ago pointed out. Malcolm, on Jan. 15, 1965, a month before he dies, does an interview in Canada, I believe in Toronto, where he says, All my life, I believed that the fundamental struggle was black versus white. Now I realize that it is the haves against the have-nots. Malcolm came to the realization, King came to the realization, that the nature of the struggle was between those who have and those who are dispossessed. [Frantz] Fanon came to this same conclusion in Wretched of the Earth. So this led to what some scholars have written about as black Marxism, the tradition of black radicalism that comes organically from the critical reality of the super exploitation of black labor worldwide and a response to that politically. That is, that we didnt gravitate toward Marx simply because we liked his beard or we were seduced by his manipulation of prose, even though I loved the 18th Brumaire. Rather, we were attracted to Marx because it helped to illuminate and make clear the objective material circumstances of poverty, unemployment and exploitation in black peoples lives, which is why we became socialists or Marxists, because we understood that there could not be a path toward black liberation that was not simultaneously one that challenged the hegemony of capital over labor.
SB: In your new biography of Malcolm, Malcolm X: A Life of the Invention, you discuss three missing chapters from Alex Haleys collaboration with Malcolm, The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Whats happened to them? And whats their importance to understanding Malcolms life?
MM: Theyre in the safe of an attorney named Gregory Reed. Hes in Detroit, Michigan. Theyre in his safe. And, he has them and doesnt show them to people. Now why does he have them? How did that happen? Well, in late 1992, I believe October, there was an auction of the Alex Haley estate and for $100,000, he bought these chapters that were discarded from the autobiography.
Alex Haley was the ghostwriter and co-author of the book. You have to remember that Haley went on to great fame as the author of Roots, one of the largest-selling books in American history and a docudrama on television that had a profound impact on race relations in the late 1970s. Haley was deeply hostile to Malcolm Xs politics. He was Republican, he was opposed to Black Nationalism, and he was an integrationist. He had been in the Coast Guard for 20 years. But, he also knew a good thing when he saw it.
A charismatic, handsome, articulate black leader who had a controversial past as a hustler, a pimp, a drug addict, a numbers runner, Detroit Red, Little Gangster, Little Bugsy Siegel, who terrorized the Harlem community supposedly in the 1940s and went to jail and was given 10 years in prison. He goes through a metamorphosis, he becomes a black Muslim, he comes out, he explodes on the scene. He creates 70-80 new mosques in less than 10 years, turns a small sect of 400 people into fifty to one hundred thousand by 1960-62. Then, he turns more overtly to politics, he breaks from the Nation, he builds two new organizations, the Muslim Mosque Incorporated in March 1964 and the Organization of Afro-American Unity in May 1964. He goes to Africa and the Mid East. He is treated as the head of state. He is welcomed at the Fateh by the Saudi royal household. He sits down with Gamal, eats breakfast with Anwar Sadat in Egypt. He caucuses and meets and gets to know Che Guevara while he’s in Africa, as he alludes to in a talk in 1964 at the Audubon Ballroom. So Malcolm is this extraordinary figure, dies at the age of 39. It’s a hell of a story. Haley understood that. And so, it was on those terms he agreed to work with Malcolm to write the book. But, what Malcolm didn’t know was that Haley already was compromised and had basically been a purveyor of information — a kind of, not informant, but a client of the FBI in this disinformation campaign against the NOI. Haley had collaborated with the FBI. Malcolm never knew that. In the summer of ‘64 when Malcolm was in Egypt, Haley was taking the book manuscript giving it to an attorney, William O’Dwyer, rewriting passages of the book trying to get it passed as Malcolm’s survey. Malcolm’s on the run, people are trying to kill him, they’re trying to poison him in Egypt. He’s not going to have time to look at the book carefully. Then, he dies.
Haley adds a 79-page appendix to the book where he has his own integrationist and liberal Republican interpretation. And then, they have M.S. Handler of the New York Times writing in the front of the book. I mean, you know Malcolm respected Handler. But this is not who you want to lead in to a black revolutionary’s text. So Haley did a variety of things to reframe the book. And, toward the end of the book, there’s a lot of language in it that simply doesn’t sound like Malcolm. It doesn’t sound like him. There’s a lot of information that is just wrong in the book. They misspelled As-Salamu Alaykum several times. They give the story of Johnson Hinton. They have Hinton Johnson. They put the date of this very tragic beating of this brother who’s in the Nation, Brother Johnson, in 1959, rather than the year it actually occurred, which was April 1957. So there are simple mistakes in dates, of names, events that clearly show Malcolm did not have access to the final manuscript. He didn’t see it. And, it was published nine months after Malcolm’s death. Betty Shabazz was in no shape to check and recheck facts. So all that says to me is you have to read the autobiography very very carefully, very suspiciously. It’s a wonderful book. It is a great work of literature. But it is a work of literature. It is not an autobiography. It’s a memoir. And it’s gone through the prism of Haley who was a Republican, integrationist and a defender of U.S. power. You should read the anticommunist articles he wrote for the Reader’s Guide in the mid-50s on Hungary. So this is the man you’re dealing with. So we must be very careful. I learned I had to deconstruct the autobiography to write the biography. If you go to www.malcolmxproject.net, you will see my biography, the architecture of that, and how I had to deconstruct the autobiography. That’s why we put the website up.
SB: What do you suspect is contained in these missing three chapters?
MM: Well, I’ve seen them for about 15 minutes. I met with Gregory. I’ve written about this in my book, “Living Black History,” that came out last year. “Living Black History” has a whole chapter on this. I couldn’t use it in the autobiography, but I had to tell the story to somebody. I talked with Gregory on the phone. He’s an attorney. He bought it for $100,000. He wanted to make money off of the material. So I phone him up, we talk. He says, Fly out to Detroit. Meet with me. Come to my law office. There, I’ll show you the chapters. As honesty suggests, I get to Detroit. He said, Don’t come to my office. Are you downtown? I said, Yes. He said, Meet me at this restaurant in an hour. So I go there. He’s about a half hour late. He eventually shows up. And he’s carrying a briefcase. And then he said, I’ll let you see these for 15 minutes. I’ve flown from New York and I have 15 minutes to read the text. I’ll let you sit here and read them and I’ll leave and I’ll come back.
So I’m sitting here frantically reading these pages. But it only takes me a few minutes to recognize what they are. They were obviously written sometime between August 1963 to December 1963. There’s a presumption in the text that Malcolm is still in the Nation of Islam. So he hasn’t broken with the nation yet. What they call for is the construction of an unprecedented black united front, uniting all black organizations, led by, get this, the Nation of Islam. So Malcolm is envisioning the Nation actively participating in anti-racist struggles and building various types of capacities: economic strategies, housing strategies, healthcare strategies with the NAACP, with the Urban League, with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the SNCC. So he wanted to push this religious kind of semi-Islamic organization into black civil society in an aggressive way. He wanted to open up the Nation. And, I strongly suspect that Malcolm’s drive and push to reach out to the civil rights community and SNCC and CORE is what got him into trouble inside of the NOI, because the bulk of the NOI had been thoroughly against Malcolm’s prostylization efforts that brought in tens of thousands of new members. The old guard felt threatened by that. Then on top of that, since April ‘62, the turning point in Malcolm’s career was the murder of Ronald Stokes in the Nation of Islam’s mosque in Los Angeles in April 1962. Malcolm flies out to L.A. and spends over a week there and he calls for a grand coalition, very much like the coalition he talked about in the deleted chapters, with CORE, the NAACP, with SNIC that would be anti-police violence against black people. And, he was talking about the Nation of Islam participating in that coalition. Elijah Muhammad said time out, called Malcolm down and said you better chill that out and get the hell out of Los Angeles. Malcolm was deeply embarrassed and humiliated that they had to end the mobilization after they had a member murdered by the LAPD. Other men in the Nation in the mosque were dragged outside, strip-searched naked to humiliate them. And Malcolm had mobilized people and he had to back down.
So Malcolm came back to New York and by July ‘62 is speaking at an 1199 protest. I have a photo of him speaking at a protest rally in July for the labor union, King’s favorite union, 1199, the largest union today in New York City. In Christmas time in 1962, two members of the Nation, who were selling Muhammad Speaks on Times Square, get arrested by the police. How does Malcolm respond? He puts 140-150 Fruit of Islam members — the paramilitary organization, the men in the NOI — demonstrating in Times Square on New Year’s Day. Elijah Muhammad called for no demonstrations, no over political activity. That’s not what Malcolm’s doing. That’s exactly what he’s doing. And he starts doing that a year and a half before the silencing, before the break.
So you know what happens? The Nation of Islam’s newspaper Muhammad Speaks in late ‘62 stops covering Malcolm X. If you go through methodically the last year from December 1962 through December 1963, guess what? You see Malcolm once in his own newspaper. And he’s the national spokesman. You see him more often in the New York Times. And this is like a year before the break. So you can already see where he’s going. It doesn’t take a mind reader to see that Elijah Muhammad only used the chickens coming home to roost statement as an excuse to do what they wanted to do, which was to eliminate Malcolm’s influence, curb his politics. I think that they believed he would submit. Most of Malcolm’s closest followers within the Nation thought he would also submit. They weren’t prepared for a break. Malcolm contemplated a break. I think maybe he wasn’t prepared either. But he did anticipate a possibility of it.
He began, in early ‘64, talking with a number of people outside of the Nation of Islam to develop the OAAU, the Organization of Afro-American Unity. When he left the Nation, very few members of the NOI went with him, perhaps maybe 100. The mosque in Harlem had as many as 7,000 members. Only 100-150 left. They became the Muslim Mosque Incorporated, and Sunni Muslims. But the OAAU was the secular organization with largely working-class and middle-class blacks and many professionals, writers like Huey and Mayfield, historians like John Henrik Clark. The key organizer was Lynn Shifflet of NBC News, a producer, a young black woman in her late 20s. There were real tensions between the OAAU and the MMI over ideology and their relationship to Malcolm, because Malcolm increasingly was moving toward the politics of the OAAU, away from the MMI, even though these were people who had put their lives on the line to leave the NOI out of personal loyalty to him. So there were tremendous tensions between these two groups, which I will document in the biography.
SB: So the Organization of Afro-American Unity really is the culmination of, or the product of, the development of Malcolm’s thought that was written about by Haley in these last three chapters?
MM: The chapters that are missing are written prior to the split. Haley says that Malcolm changed his mind after he went to Mecca and decided to deep-six the chapters. Maybe that’s true. We’ll never know. What is true is that it would be nice to print the things that were deleted, put an addendum and appendix on the autobiography. It would be nice to see it. Well I’m not sure. Don’t hold your breath. I saw it for 15 minutes. Maybe I’m the lucky one. But eventually they will appear. We will see them.
There has been an active suppression of Malcolm’s work and his intellectual legacy for more than 40 years. And the suppression has been deliberate and for various reasons. First, many of the key people in his entourage in the Nation and in the OAAU had to go underground. I just interviewed this week James 67X Shabazz (Abdullah Razzaq) who went underground and lived in Guyana for 19 years, because he was threatened with murder and also threatened by the FBI. So it’s only now in his mid-70s that he’s returned to the United States several months a year. He lives in Brooklyn with his son. James 67X was Malcolm’s chief of staff and his secretary for many years. The others are now dead who were closest to Malcolm. There is Herman Ferguson who is the best eyewitness to the murder. I’ve interviewed him several times and I’m interviewing him one more next week, which will be fun. His eyewitness to the murder, his recount to me, which has partially been published in my journal Souls, is absolutely stunning and it raises many questions about the assassination.
We have, over the last seven years, worked very hard to develop a forensic accounting of the murder. And, we believe we have figured out how the murder took place. That is, the forensics of it. We think we know how that happened. We don’t know who gave the order. But I can tell you what our theory is. The murder took place on Feb. 21, 1965, as a result of the culmination of three separate groups. There was no classic conspiracy, no direct collusion, but, rather, a convergence. Three things had to happen for the murder to take place, and they all did. Law enforcement, the FBI and the NYPD, and its Bureau of Special Services (BOSS), which was its red squad, actively wanted to do surveillance disruption of Malcolm X and possibly eliminate him; certainly the FBI, because their nightmare was seeing King and Malcolm embrace. That was its nightmare. And they realized, much to their horror, that they were far better off with Malcolm in the Nation of Islam than outside of it, because then he was being treated like a head of state in Africa. They had never anticipated that he would be a houseguest of a Saudi royal family, or that he would be speaking to parliaments from Kenya to Ghana to French Guinea. Malcolm goes to Alabama, three weeks before he’s murdered and reaches out to Dr. King. King is in prison after leading demonstrations. Malcolm goes to Coretta Scott King and he says, I want you to convey to your husband my deepest respect for him and that I am not trying to undermine Dr. King’s work. My goal is to be to the left of Dr. King, to challenge institutional racism so that those in power can negotiate with King. That’s my role. So Malcolm understood what his role was. This was the FBI’s nightmare. And so they actively wanted to curtail his influence, if not silence him permanently.
Then you have the Nation of Islam. But what people need to understand is that there were different points of view in the NOI about Malcolm. Some of the leadership, especially in Chicago, the national secretary John Ali, the national head of the Fruit of Islam Raymond Shareef, Elijah Muhammad’s son-in-law Herbert Muhammad, the sons of Elijah Muhammad, Jr., and several others wanted to silence Malcolm permanently. Joseph X, who was a captain of the Fruit of Islam and the Northeast regional security director at Mosque No. 7, formerly Malcolm’s associate and friend, as was John Ali — they actively sought to eliminate him, to blow him up with bombs, to kill him, or firebomb his home or whatever. But other members of the Nation of Islam were against the murder and it is questionable if Elijah Muhammad ever gave the order. It could have been a situation very much like Henry II and Thomas a Becket where somebody’s ridding him of his priest. So he doesn’t have to give the order, but the deed is done. It’s understood what needs to be done. But he doesn’t technically give the order.
Then there’s a third group and that’s Malcolm’s own entourage. There were police informants in the group. Gene Roberts who tries to resuscitate Malcolm after he’s shot is an NYPD police officer. He’s a police officer who walks right directly out of the line of fire only seconds before the fuselage goes off — maybe by accident, maybe by design. What is true is that whenever Malcolm spoke, there were at least two-dozen cops. There were only two police officers in the Audubon that day and they were assigned as far away in the distance as possible in the building. They were in the rows, in very small-rows in a ballroom adjacent to the large grand ballroom, but separated by a wall and then a vestibule. It was impossible for them to protect Malcolm. There was one police officer in a small park directly across the street from the entrance of the Audubon. No other police officers. Theyd been pulled back to the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital four blocks away. No captain, and the guard is usually sitting in the second floor in a booth where they collect money that directly faces the ballroom. You have to walk right past it to get out of the building. No police in the building. Why?
Malcolm gets shot. The hospital, they try to get the ambulance. They can’t get an ambulance. It’s only four blocks away. So men run to the hospital’s emergency room, grab a gurney, and carry his body in a gurney in the street. Seems odd, doesn’t it? His own men, no one checks for weapons at the door. None of the guards are armed. I’ve gone through New York’s Municipal Archives, the police reports of all the guards that day, of every guard. We’ve gone through all that. We know who they were and their names and the changes of the guards. There were three changes of the guards. One around 2 o’clock, one around 2:30 and one about five to 3. We know that several people who were guarding Malcolm that day were not generally part of the OAAU and were assigned to sensitive positions. Guards, like William George, who normally guarded Malcolm on the roster were assigned to be as far away from him as possible that day at the front of the building, not next to Malcolm on the rush. The guards who were there rolled out of the way. And Malcolm was naked and alone on the stage.
There’s only one man who could have placed the guards there that way and that was Malcolm’s head of security, Reuben Francis. Francis is the one who does shoot Hayer, who did indeed shoot Malcolm. But Hayer is interviewed very briefly by the NYPD, he’s arrested briefly. They let him go on bond. Then he disappears off planet Earth. And the FBI said, We cant find him. We believe he’s in Mexico. But prior to his disappearance, he’s not even called to the grand jury, even though he’s the only one who shot anybody who was an assassin.
The NYPD doesnt even interview Capt. Joseph, the head of the Fruit of Islam, at Mosque No. 7, even though, to a room of over 120 people, he cold orders Malcolm’s death. There are witnesses to this. And the FBI doesnt interview him? We found a folder that said Joseph X and it was empty. There were six men who killed Malcolm, not three. Two of the men who were incarcerated and given life sentences were innocent Norman Butler and Thomas 15X Johnson. They were innocent. They were sent to prison for life. Why? They weren’t even physically there. Johnson used to be Malcolm’s chauffeur. He used to stand out in the rain in front of Mosque No. 7 or in the snow, holding and reserving a parking space for Malcolm when he drove up. He used to phone him and tell him that he was coming before he arrived. Once a month, he went to go grocery shopping for Betty, Malcolm’s wife. You would know this guy if he came to kill you. Everybody wouldve known him if he had walked into the Audubon that day. He wasnt there that day. Butler was an enforcer for Capt. Joseph. He was a notorious thug in the nation. They would have known if they walked into the Audubon that day. The two men werent there that day and yet they were convicted of murdering Malcolm X. Why?
I believe the DA was protecting informants within Malcolms group and within the NOI. And perhaps some of those informants were collaborators and committed the crime. So they convicted the wrong people to cover and protect the anonymity of their own agents. Thats a theory. I cant prove it, but I think we ought to explore it and we should reopen this case. And, hopefully my book will help reopen it. William Kunstler tried to reopen it back in 77-78 and he failed because he didnt have the evidence I have. Hopefully, we can reopen it again.
SB: The dominant understanding of Malcolms life and meaning in mainstream American popular culture really comes from two sources: Haley and Spike Lee’s film. Spike Lee’s interpretation of the assassination shows a Malcolm, who seems to be prepared for his own martyrdom and orders his guards not to be armed on that day, in a way that King with his mountaintop speech also appears to be prepared for what he seems to think is his inevitable fate. Is that a damaging interpretation?
MM: No, it’s not and it may be true. Malcolm clearly knew he was going to die. He didnt know when and I strongly suspect that Malcolm was not going to run away from death and he had the courage to face death. Not that he wanted to die, he didnt have a death wish. But he had the courage to face death. There is a story, a very influential legend within Shia Islam, about Ali and his grandson Husayn, both of whom perished a kind of murder in the cathedral, in the case of Ali in the mosque, and in his grandson at Karbala where he was killed in, I believe, 682 in common era. About four years later, women came to Karbala, in today’s Iraq, and began to beat themselves and lament that they had not protected the grandson of Ali. In Shia, Ali is the Shia that we have today. They still gather every year at Karbala. Now hundreds of thousands and maybe a million people lament the events of Karbala. There is nothing greater in Shia Islam than martyrdom, the embrace of death for a higher belief. And to some extent, I think that Malcolm embodied that at that moment. Not that he sought death, but that he did not fear it. That he saw in his martyrdom a way to transcend death that there would be a life after death. Im sure he was familiar with the legend. Who knows? Perhaps that influenced his actions.
SB: What will your biography broadly do to assert a new Malcolm X, itself a reinvention of Malcolm X, as your book is titled, because he reinvented himself many times? What will it do to displace Haley and Spike Lee as the dominant understanding of Malcolm Xs life and meaning?
MM: There are three core things in the book. The first is what I call a kind of a life of reinvention. Malcolms tale is a heros tale that’s not unlike Odysseus — a story of travel, of learning, of experience, of ordeals and tests, a classic kind of hero story. Its a classic Greek story, which frequently or usually ends in death. But at the end, theres a broader, richer, deeper, critical consciousness that’s achieved. The thing about that story is that Malcolm’s growth comes through a series of artful creative reinventions. He reinvents himself even to the point these reinventions have different names. He was Jack Carlton in the summer of 1944. When he was 19 years old, he wanted to break into show biz and he was at Lobster Pond bar on 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan working as a drummer and professional dancer for about three or four months. He doesnt write about that in the autobiography. You just have to find out about that. He worked in a bar and grill in Harlem, Jimmy’s Chicken Shack, alongside of the funniest dishwasher and server in Harlem, a guy who had red hair. Malcolm had red hair. So they called Malcolm Detroit Red cause nobody had ever heard of Lansing, Michigan, and they called the brother from Chicago Chicago Red. His last name was Sanford. We know him today better as Red Foxx, the comedian. So Malcolm and Red Foxx worked in the same restaurant in 43 and early 44. He does mention something of this in the autobiography. Malcolm in prison called himself at times Malachi Shabazz. He was Malcolm X. He was El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. He had many many different names: Detroit Red, Homeboy, Mascot, Satan when he was in prison. Yet, through these transformations, he was able to navigate brilliantly a life of reinvention.
What makes Malcolm different from every signature black figure in American history is that he combines the two central characters of black folk culture. He is both the trickster and the minister. He’s both. That’s Detroit Red — the hustler, the gambler, the outlaw. And, he is also the minister who saves souls, who redeems lives, who heals the sick, who raises the dead. He’s both. King is one. Jesse Jackson is one. Malcolm’s both and he understood the streets and the lumpen proletariat. I hate that phrase, but it comes from Marx. As well as, he saw himself as a minister and an Amun, a cleric. He was always this. And he embodied the cultural spirit of black folk better than anyone else. When I asked one student about a decade ago, What was the fundamental difference between Malcolm and Martin? He said, Dr. Marable, that’s easy. Martin Luther King, Jr., belongs to the entire world. Malcolm X belongs to us. There is a tremendous degree of identification on the part of people of African descent, and globally on the part of Muslims, invested in the figure of Malcolm. The very first postage stamp honoring Malcolm X was issued, not by the United States, but by the Ayatollah Khomeini government of Iran, in 1982, by the Shia Muslims. Perhaps they knew something that everybody else didnt know.
The second theme in the book is a spiritual journey and Malcolms growth in spiritual sojourn from the periphery of Islam represented by the Nation of Islam to Sunni Islam. There was a price in the journey because he also had to embrace Nasser’s definition of what Islam was in the Pan Arab world. So we have some excellent very interesting articles and speeches Malcolm gave in Cairo. The writings that he did, very critical of the state of Israel in the summer in August and September 1964, cast Malcolm in a very interesting kind of light as it relates to the Arab struggle and the Palestinian struggle, that heretofore, in the United States, we rarely have seen.
The third theme is betrayal. Malcolm had a capacity ethnographically to read audience better than any public speaker of his generation. He knew people. He could walk into an audience, read it and give a brilliant address. He could debate at Harvard and Oxford, as well as on 125th Street and Lenox Avenue/Seventh Avenue. He was just a remarkable public speaker. But where his failure came was his consistent inability to make critical accurate judgements of the people closest to him who would betray him. And, those included his two brothers Philbert and Wilfred Little who sided with Elijah Muhammad against Malcolm; his chief protégé Louis X/Louis Farrakhan who proclaimed Malcolm to be a man worthy of death, who lead the jackals course leading to his murder. How do we explain Farrakhan? I sat down with Louis for nine hours in an interview a year and a half ago. We had a fascinating conversation about it. The question I ruminate over is, how much of it is true? Then we have Joseph X, the leader of the Fruit of Islam at Mosque No. 7, who Malcolm had promoted, pulled out of the gutter in Detroit in 1952-53, raised him up to be his chief right-hand person, who then would be betray and try to murder him. John Ali, who had been Malcolms secretary of Mosque No. 7, who he promoted to the national leadership, who then conspired to murder him. A variety of people. His closest personal friend Charles Kenyatta had been turned out by the police and was probably a police agent, Malcolm’s best friend, which Ive only just discovered last week because I just got the file. So we have some interesting info. So I think between this data and the other things, a big chunk of the book is about the forensic discussion of the murder and our theory of the murder. I think people will have more than enough information.
SB: Let’s bring this full circle. We’re now sitting in your office in 2007 in Bloomberg’s New York. We’ve gone through a period of social cleansing that was Giuliani’s New York, characterized by police brutality, intense gentrification, privatization of public housing. And I was today at Friday Juma at the Malcolm Shabazz Mosque in Harlem and the message today was one about homosexuality, as an abnormal and immoral practice. The other message was about self-help and the idea of the community needing to raise itself up and take care of its own problems. What does the Malcolm X of your book say to this current political economic conjuncture?
MM: Well an honest representation of Malcolm should show the whole person and his trajectory and his evolution. The trajectory of Malcolm was increasingly anti-corporate capitalist. He talked about the need not to appeal to the United States to readdress grievances, but to take the criminal to court, that is, the court of world opinion at the United Nations. He called for what is today known as a south-south dialogue, that is, between the Caribbean, blacks in Latin America, Africa and South Asia that would span across continents that would be in part Arab and Muslim, and part black and brown. And, he envisioned a global kind of jihad of worlds against western imperialism and a need for people who had experienced colonialism to take back the power through international bodies that built broad-based unity transnationally. That was what Malcolm’s politics were. It was not bootstrap capitalism, nor was it gentrification. Nevertheless, once youre dead, your image is up for grabs. By 1972, Richard Nixon had invited, and Betty Shabazz had agreed to be on the dais of the re-elect Richard M. Nixon for president at a dinner party in Washington, D.C. This was only six or seven years after Malcolm X’s assassination. So once you’re murdered, you can’t control what people who had some sort of relationship to you — whether they’re married to you, or theyre political affiliates or associates — what choices they make — sad but true. It is particularly sad that from the Masjid or mosque, one hears a kind of message that’s more appropriate to Booker T. Washington than Malcolm X. But, nevertheless, the struggle continues.
I lived for about 6 months with two Chicago radicals who
spouted the same tripe as Malcolm X believed. They ignored entirely the weakness of the socialist cause, that it is in the fact taht the basic nature of mankind is to be free, thereby simultaneously abandoning the very tenants of the freedom movement which began shortly after emancipation in 1865 or so. And I lived with them in Ethiopia during the summer of 1970.
Obama considers this tripe his inheritance, and moreover, has added in the nationalism evident in Black Liberation Theology, espousing the racial superiority of black folks and other racial minorities over the white man, excluding Asians, because of their success.
This constitutes the hidden Obama, and the real Obama and the very subcultural roots of the Obama movement which now threatens to usurp the Constitution of the United States.
Obama is far from the guacamole/nacho munching president , the ordinary guy image he so glibly portrays on nationally televised talk shows , interviews where Barabara Walters gets to ask him, “ What do you do on thse long trips on Air Force One?” while the nation’s economy goes to hell in a handbasket and the real questions go unanswered. May we rid ourselves of him and his ilk soon.They are worse than poisonous snakes.
It’s a goldmine of little gems that illustrate what he meant by ‘a story of race and inhertitance’ isn’t it?
He’s following in the footsteps of his father.
BLANCO/NEGRO - WHITE CAT/BLACK CAT
Reminded me of someone else...
That seems to be the case, a simple DNA test between Obama and X’s progeny would tell the tale.
Every bit of Obama’s subversive politics are focused on one area: the diminution and extinction of individual liberty and rights, while manifesting a glib liberationist image.The dichotomy is very obvious to anyone who can compare talk with action in an objective and unbiased way.
It is this dichotomy which needs to be presented to Obama publicly, in front of the media , over, and over, and over again, until this United States of Zimbabwe Emperor has not a stitch of clothing on, with the ugly naked truth staring the entire electorate in the face.
A: In the late 1960s, at the height of the Black Power Movement, two acquaintances of Malcolm X, Gaidi Obadele and Imari Abubakari Obadele assembled a group of 500 militant black nationalists in Detroit, Michigan, to discuss the creation of a black nation within the United States. On March 31, 1968, 100 conference members signed a Declaration of Independence outlining the official doctrine of the new black nation, elected a provisional government, and named the nation the �Republic of New Africa� (RNA).
The RNA believes that as a nation, black people are entitled to the full rights of a nation, including land and self-determination. Furthermore, Amerikkka as the land upon which Black People (New Afrikans) have lived, toiled and made rich as slaves is theirs; it is land that Blacks must gain control of because, as Malcolm X said, land is the basis of independence, freedom, justice and equality. The RNA even identified the five states of Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina as Black People's land. According to the RNA, gaining control of our land is the fundamental struggle facing Black People; without land, Black Power, rights and freedom have no substance. (See RNA leaflet below. - Courtesy of Brown-Tougaloo Exchange)
Milton Henry, right, in 1969, as vice president of the Republic of New Africa, with Mabel Williams, center, wife of the R.N.A.s president in exile, Robert Williams.
Frustrated by the pace of change, Henry was soon drawn to black nationalism. He met Malcolm X and traveled with him to Cairo to meet African leaders. Henry helped organize the 1963 conference in Detroit at which Malcolm delivered his Message to the Grass Roots. (A lifelong audiophile, Henry recorded and released the speech on his own record label.) He was a pallbearer at Malcolms 1965 funeral.
By 1968, Henry and his brother Richard had adopted African names and developed a vaulting plan for racial separation. The Republic of New Africa, a socialist black nation, would be carved out of five Southern states with large black populations. In a move that helped ignite the contemporary reparations movement, the brothers demanded $400 billion in compensation from the U.S. government to descendants of slaves. Their offer to begin negotiations between the two nations received no reply.
Have you seen these posts? This same info gets put on other threads but I never see follow up. Does this mean anything to you?
SEKOU ODINGA (Nathaniel Burns.)
The teachings of Malcolm X, who was then with the Nation of Islam, became a big influence on me at that time. After my release, I became involved in Black political activity in New York, especially revolutionary, nationalist politics. In 1964, I also became involved in the Cultural Nationalist movement. By 1965, I had joined the organization of African American Unity, founded by El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X). I began to move with and among many young African Nationalists. My political consciousness was growing daily. I was reading and listening to many Afrikan Nationalists from Africa and the U.S. and became convinced that only after a successful armed struggle would New Afrikans gain freedom and self-determination. I also became convinced that integration would never solve the problems faced by New Afrikans...
BTTT for an excellent research thread.
Great thread, thanks!
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The background of the Obama family, Muslim minorities in predominently Christian Kenya, is certainly illuminating, but sadly, far too much for most to pay attention to or understand.
More fascinating is the trail the media are assiduously ignoring, with a documented beginning in 1979 with Vernon Jarrett, Valerie’s father-in-law, interviewing Wahhabist attorney Khalid al-Mansour, about Saudi plans to start with twenty million dollars to develop education for minorities in the US. The article written by Jarrett, obviously a plug for al-Mansour and his activities as a Black Nationalist with Saudi money, was published in the St. Petersburg Evening Independent on Nov 6, 1979, and turned up by journalist Frank Miele. (Thanks Jack Cashill) Al-Mansour, who organized the development in both Africa and the US, of Wahhabist Madrass was interviewed at his law office in San Francisco, before his law firm added bin-Talal to its masthead in the early 80s, and moved back to San Antonio. (Warden/Mansours first law partner became a judge, in Oakland I believe.)
Khalid al-Mansours slave name, which he used while a law student at UCs Boalt Hall, and during his activities as a founder of African American Association and the Black Panthers, is Donald Warden. Warden casually mentioned in a Youtube video that he met Obama while Obama was at Occidental, but has since explained that any mention of an association with Obama might interfere with his objectives, and won’t comment. Warden/Mansour was, among many other activities, recruiting Wahhabi converts from US prisons, and defending OPEC in international court. He is a brilliant lecturer - just listen to his many Youtube lectures on Islam and Black Nationalism - more intellectual than Malcolm X and Rev Wright, and much more so than Louis Farrakhan. It was Mansour who contacted Percy Sutton, who was the attorney for the three luminaries above, as well as for The Muslim Brotherhood, for Charles Rangel, and President of his Manhattan Borough.
Mansour, according to a well-circulated local access television interview made in 2007, contacted Sutton in the mid-80s for help getting Obama into Harvard Law. Sutton was proud to help, and mentioned that Mansour assured him that money was not at issue because Obamas patron was Alwaleed bin-Talal, one of the world’s richest men. Shortly before Obama entered Harvard Law, bin-Talal donated twenty million dollars to Harvard. Five or six years later bin-Talal created the Alwaleed bin-Talal Center for Islamic Studies at Harvard Divinity School, its best-funded division. At about the same time bin-Talal, probably with al-Manour as his agent, opened similar centers at Georgetown, Cambridge, American University, and probably, three or four other major Universites. Al-Mansour was involved in the funding of Wahhabi mosques throughout the US.
One can conjecture about the silence of the American press. Bin-Talal is the largest private investor in News Corp, which owns the WSJ and FOX news. He was bailed out of his potential total loss, benefiting, much as did Warren Buffet, from Obamas bailout of Citibank, Goldman Sachs, and GE. Just look at Buffet’s investments and bin-Talal’s and then to the beneficiaries of TARP funds (for which the Peter Schweizer book, “Throw Them All Out” is remarkably concise). He owns major parts of Cisco, Apple, Oracle, etc. etc.
Bottom line: According to a man of sterling integrity, self-made, black squadron Army Air Force pilot, Percy Sutton, Obamas patron, after leaving the tutelage of William Marshall Davis, fellow communist, and longtime friend of Vernon Jarrett, was Alwaleed bin-Talal. It is public record that bin-Talal was a major benefactor to Harvard, and that his Center for Islamic Studies is the most lavishly funded division of Harvard Divinity School. Rudy Giulliani rebuffed bin-Talal’s tribute of ten million dollars, really to the success of the Muslim destruction of the WTC, but Harvard happily took the money and keeps its silence about their major patron, even with his name prominently on their Divinity School - such perfidy, when the Muslim doctrine is committed to absorbing or crushing the other religions represented at Harvard.
This has nothing to with Obamas religious beliefs. We will probably never know, and shouldn’t care. Those are between Barack and his God, whomever that might be. But the Muslim connection goes much further back than Sarah’s Hajj. Barack Senior was involved with the always volatile Jihad in Kenya between the Muslim minority and Christians. When Baracks Uncle Odinga, for whom Senator Obama actively campaigned in Kenya, lost the election to Kibaki, Muslim’s burned over one thousand churches, causing the winner to agree to share the office with Odinga. This is about power and money, and Muslim’s are happy to have the younger Obama beholden to them in the most powerful office in the world.
5 posted on Thursday, 11 October 2012 12:31:14 PM by Spaulding
Malcolm X, traveling without any administrative support, took up offers of help from the sympathetic expatriate community. When he wasnt meeting with African heads of state, days were spent in conference with senior officials of the Al Azhar Islamic Center, who are authorities of Sunni Islam. It was here that Malcolm X sought official consent for his break-away movement and support for himself as a genuine minister of Islam.
It is apparent that there was distrust at first, that he was considered a pseudo Islamic leader, but in the end, Al Azhar Islamic Center supported his movement. One person quoted at the time said, They saw the possibility of him bringing people to Sunni Islam. Today, Al Azhar pragmatically describes Malcolm X as an Islamic reformer.
Malcolm X in Cairo at the al-Azhar Mosque in 1964, Obama at the al-Azhar Mosque in 2009 where he made his first overseas speech.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 4, 2009
...As a student of history, I also know civilization's debt to Islam. It was Islam -- at places like Al-Azhar -- that carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe's Renaissance and Enlightenment. It was innovation in Muslim communities -- (applause) -- it was innovation in Muslim communities that developed the order of algebra; our magnetic compass and tools of navigation; our mastery of pens and printing; our understanding of how disease spreads and how it can be healed. Islamic culture has given us majestic arches and soaring spires; timeless poetry and cherished music; elegant calligraphy and places of peaceful contemplation. And throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality. (Applause.)
WIKI: Hitti was educated at an American Presbyterian mission school at Suq al-Gharb and at the American University of Beirut. After graduating in 1908 he taught at the American University of Beirut before moving to Columbia University where he taught Semitic languages and got his PhD in 1915. After World War I he returned to American University of Beirut and taught there until 1926. In February 1926 he was offered a Chair at Princeton University which he held until he retired in 1954. He was both Professor of Semitic Literature and Chairman of the Department of Oriental Languages. After formal retirement he accepted a position at Harvard. He also taught in the summer schools at the University of Utah and George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He subsequently held a research position at the University of Minnesota. Philip Hitti almost single handedly created the discipline of Arabic Studies in the United States...
Hitti claims for the arabs every innovation and science known to man. The book was the most nauseating reading experience of my life. Obama didn't study history, he quoted Philip Hitti.
Again, all roads lead to The American University of Beirut.
...Malcolm encouraged Muhammad to move the sect towards greater synchronization with orthodox Islam. Malcolm advised that the leader study Arabic before going to Egypt and planned to return in six months. Perhaps due to Malcolms advice, or to his own experiences in the Middle East in early 1960, Muhammad did in fact move the NOI in this direction: temples were renamed mosques, Arabic instruction was instituted, and his son Akbar was sent to study at Al-Azhar University...
...The vast majority of people have no idea how ultra-Orthodox Malcolm became during the last six months of his life. He studied the Koran and Hadiths for sometimes 12 to 15 hours a day. He was wrapped and buried exactly according to Islamic tradition. He knew that he was marked for assassination, so he drew up a plan to be carried out after he died.
In Saudi Arabia, Shabazz/Malcolm Xs studies were supervised by Shaykh Muhammad Sarur As-Sabban, the Secretary-General of theMuslim World League . During this period of time, The University of Medina offered Shabazz 15 scholarships for young African Americans, to go along with those offered by Al-Azhar. Thus it is evident that those detractors who think that Malik Shabazz had no formal Islamic training according to the Sunna are clearly mistaken. In fact, his intensive training occupied five of the last eleven months of his life...
Malcolm X, traveling without any administrative support, took up offers of help from the sympathetic expatriate community. When he wasnt meeting with African heads of state, days were spent in conference with senior officials of the Al Azhar Islamic Center, who are authorities of Sunni Islam. It was here that Malcolm X sought official consent for his break-away movement and support for himself as a genuine minister of Islam.
It is apparent that there was distrust at first, that he was considered a pseudo Islamic leader, but in the end, Al Azhar Islamic Center supported his movement. One person quoted at the time said, They saw the possibility of him bringing people to Sunni Islam. Today, Al Azhar pragmatically describes Malcolm X as an Islamic reformer.
On July 17, 1964 Malcolm X, acting in his capacity as “observer”, distributed this memorandum to delegates of the Organization of African Unity meeting in Cairo, Egypt. A clear indication of his growing “internationalism”, it represents his most powerful formulation about the struggle being over “human rights” rather than “civil rights” also it represents Malcolm’s awareness of the fact that we needed a international voice. I believe if Malcolm had lived longer, we would have membership in the African Union today. So what has changed? We need a voice and say in the African Union today. The Organization of Pan African Unity will submit a petition to join into the African Union, so our voices will be heard. So members of the African Union we give you a message that was delivered to you in 1963 and we hope that it will make a difference, so that African American’s can have representation into the African Union.
Speech to the OAU
The Organization of Afro-American Unity has sent me to attend this historic African Summit Conference as an observer to represent the interests of 22 million African-Americans whose human rights are being violated daily by the racism of American imperialists.
The Organization of Afro-American Unity has been formed by a cross section of America’s African-American community, and is patterned after the letter and spirit of the Organization of African Unity.
Just as the Organization of African Unity has called upon all African leaders to submerge their differences and unite on common objectives for the common good of all Africans, in America the Organization of Afro-American Unity has called upon Afro-American leaders to submerge their differences and find areas of agreement wherein we can work in unity for the good of the entire 22 million African Americans.
Since the 22 million of us were originally Africans, who are now in America, not by choice but only by a cruel accident in our history, we strongly believe that African problems are our problems and our problems are African problems.
We also believe that as heads of the independent African states you are the shepherds of all African peoples everywhere, whether they are still at home here on the mother continent or have been scattered abroad.
Some African leaders at this conference have implied that they have enough problems here on the mother continent without adding the Afro-American problem.
With all due respect to your esteemed positions, I must remind all of you that the Good Shepherd will leave ninety-nine sheep who are safe at home to go to the aid of the one who is lost and has fallen into the clutches of the imperialist wolf.
We in America are your long-lost brothers and sisters, and I am here only to remind you that our problems are your problems. As the African-Americans “awaken” today, we find ourselves in a strange land that has rejected us, and, like the prodigal son, we are turning to our elder brothers for help. We pray our pleas will not fall upon deaf ears.
We were taken forcibly in chains from this mother continent and have now spent over three hundred years in America, suffering the most inhuman forms of physical and psychological tortures imaginable.
During the past ten years the entire world has witnessed our men, women, and children being attacked and bitten by vicious police dogs, brutally beaten by police clubs, and washed down the sewers by high-pressure water hoses that would rip the clothes from our bodies and the flesh from our limbs.
And all of these inhuman atrocities have been inflicted upon us by the American governmental authorities, the police themselves, for no reason other than that we seek the recognition and respect granted other human beings in America.
The American Government is either unable or unwilling to protect the lives and property of your 22 million African-American brothers and sisters. We stand defenseless, at the mercy of American racists who murder us at will for no reason other than we are black and of African descent.
Last week an unarmed African-American educator was murdered in cold blood in Georgia; a few days before that three civil rights workers disappeared completely, perhaps murdered also, only because they were teaching our people in Mississippi how to vote and how to secure their political rights.
Our problems are your problems. We have lived for over three hundred years in that American den of racist wolves in constant fear of losing life and limb. Recently, three students from Kenya were mistaken for American Negroes and were brutally beaten by the New York police. Shortly after that two diplomats from Uganda were also beaten by the New York City police, who mistook them for American Negroes.
If Africans are brutally beaten while only visiting in America, imagine the physical and psychological suffering received by your brothers and sisters who have lived there for over three hundred years.
Our problem is your problem. No matter how much independence Africans get here on the mother continent, unless you wear your national dress at all time when you visit America, you may be mistaken for one of us and suffer the same psychological and physical mutilation that is an everyday occurrence in our lives.
Your problems will never be fully solved until and unless ours are solved. You will never be fully respected until and unless we are also respected. You will never be recognized as free human beings until and unless we are also recognized and treated as human beings.
Our problem is your problem. It is not a Negro problem, nor an American problem. This is a world problem, a problem for humanity. It is not a problem of civil rights, it is a problem of human rights.
We pray that our African brothers have not freed themselves of European colonialism only to be overcome and held in check now by American dollarism. Don’t let American racism be “legalized” by American dollarism.
America is worse than South Africa, because not only is America racist, but she is also deceitful and hypocritical. South Africa preaches segregation and practices segregation. She, at least, practices what she preaches. America preaches integration and practices segregation. She preaches one thing while deceitfully practicing another.
South Africa is like a vicious wolf, openly hostile toward black humanity. But America is cunning like a fox, friendly and smiling, but even more vicious and deadly than the wolf.
The wolf and the fox are both enemies of humanity, both are canine, both humiliate and mutilate their victims. Both have the same objectives, but differ only in methods.
If South Africa is guilty of violating the human rights of Africans here on the mother continent, then America is guilty of worse violations of the 22 million Africans on the American continent. And if South African racism is not a domestic issue, then American racism also is not a domestic issue.
We beseech independent African states to help us bring our problem before the United Nations, on the grounds that the United States Government is morally incapable of protecting the lives and the property of 22 million African-Americans. And on the grounds that our deteriorating plight is definitely becoming a threat to world peace.
Out of frustration and hopelessness our young people have reached the point of no return. We no longer endorse patience and turning the other cheek. We assert the right of self-defense by whatever means necessary, and reserve the right of maximum retaliation against our racist oppressors, no matter what the odds against us are.
We are well aware that our future efforts to defend ourselves by retaliating- by meeting violence with violence, eye for eye and tooth for tooth-could create the type of racial conflict in America that could easily escalate into a violent, worldwide, bloody race war.
In the interests of world peace and security, we beseech the heads of the independent African states to recommend an immediate investigation into our problem by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.
One last word, my beloved brothers at this African Summit: “No one knows the master better than his servant.” We have been servants in America for over three hundred years. We have a thorough inside knowledge of this man who calls himself “Uncle Sam.” Therefore, you must heed our warning. Don’t escape from European colonialism only to become even more enslaved by deceitful,”friendly” American dollarism.
May Allah’s blessings of good health and wisdom be upon you all.
You ignore the deterioration and free-loaders in today's society.
A lot over a period of years has brought us to where we are as a society that would vote for an Obama, and blaming it on "Republican implosion" is shallow, narrow-minded, ignorant, stupid thinking!
Monday is Kenya's first nationwide election since the 2007 vote devolved into massive tribal violence that killed more than 1,000 people and displaced 600,000 from their homes.
The 54-year-old Malik Obama hopes to become the first governor of Kenya's western county of Siaya.
Unless I missed a headline, this election [on Monday, March 4] is just becoming "news."
He's just going back to his Yemeni Arab roots.
the rot continues
Love that Arab Warrior look. They used to collect slaves for the Arabs, and now they are little Islamofascist Cowboys playing cops and robbers?
I’d love to get a few of these Wazabis in my sights.
And to think that we have a president who kisses the ring of the Saudfi King and keeps oil prices in the West high for him. Yech!
The rot surely continues.
Jun 27, 2011
By Eljeer Hawkins, Harlem, New York
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention
By Manning Marable
May 19 marked the 86th birthday of Malcolm X; it has been 46 years since his public assassination. In the hearts and minds of workers particularly black workers, the poor, and youth across the world, Malcolm X remains an icon of revolutionary spirit and commitment to justice, freedom, and liberty for the most oppressed people in the world. Malcolm exposed the racism, white supremacy, and its tragic effects on people of African descent throughout the United States and Diaspora.
On April 1, 2011, three days before the release of Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, its author, Dr. Manning Marable, succumbed to complications of pneumonia. Marable, a noted scholar of the African-American experience in the U.S. was an activist, editor and author of 20 books, which included the 1983 trailblazing polemic How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America.
In writing the biography, Marable intended to highlight the missing three chapters from Alex Haleys The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Those chapters are in the hands of Detroit lawyer Gregory Reed, who owns the recently-discovered papers of W.D. Fard, originator of the Lost-Found Nation of Islam. A key task of the new book is to launch a campaign to investigate the wider conspiracy to assassinate Malcolm X and bring to justice one of the assailants who fired the kill shot ending the life of Malcolm on February 21, 1965 at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem.
Although in 1966 three NOI members were convicted of the murder, extensive evidence suggests that two of these men were completely innocent of the crime, that both the FBI and the NYPD had advance knowledge of it, and that the New York County District Attorneys office may have cared more about protecting the identities of undercover police officers and informants than arresting the real killers, (p. 13).
Marable aims to show Malcolms struggle to overcome his human flaws and become one of the most important and revered leaders of the black freedom movement in the 20th century. In the build-up to the release of the biography - some 10 years in the making - new detailed information was supposed to be revealed. Marable has been dismissive of works published in the late ‘80s and ‘90s on Malcolm Xs life and using the rescued collection of Malcolm Xs diaries, photos, letters, speeches and other material (now archived at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture) to reconstruct the full contours of his remarkable life.
The Black Experience in the United States
In the early chapters of the book, Marable delves into Malcolms early childhood, the conditions African-Americans faced in early 20th century, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and the growth of U.S. capitalism and white supremacy. He deals with the rise of Jamaican-born publisher and journalist, Marcus Garvey and his Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) movement (Malcolms parents, Earl and Louise Little, were members) and the development of socialist, communist, trade unionism, culture, art and radical politics in the wider society and the black community in urban centers like Harlem, New York. In the Harlem community Negro and white canvassers sidled up alongside you, talking fast as they tried to get you to buy a copy of the Daily Worker (Communist Party USA newspaper): This papers trying to keep your rent controlled Make that greedy landlord kill them rats in your apartment Who do you think fought the hardest to help free those Scottsboro boys? (p. 52).
The development of Islam in the U.S. dates back to the Atlantic slave trade and Marable examines the growth of Islam during slavery, the rise of black nationalism in the mid-1800s, the teachings of Edward Wilmot Blyden, the father of Pan-Africanism, as well as black urban Islamist sects like the Noble Drew Alis Moorish Science Temple of America. With the decline of the Garvey movement, which was the largest black led movement in the early 20th century comprised of cultural nationalism and black capitalism, many former Garveyites became attracted to the Lost-Found Nation of Islam (NOI) under the leadership of W.D. Fard and eventually, Elijah Poole, who would later become Elijah Muhammad.
The Nation of Islam spoke out against the hypocrisy of American democracy, capitalism, white supremacy, and the horrid conditions faced by black people since slavery. Drawing their membership from the urban black working class, poor, prison population and the semi-employed, NOI preached and practiced a combination of cultural Black Nationalism and pro-capitalist ideals. NOI was a top-down leadership, including a paramilitary wing. Theologically, NOI preached that black people are the chosen people to be delivered from the evil of white-supremacy. It was a distinct form of black American Islam that was not recognized by mainstream Sunni Islam in the Middle East. The NOI would even conduct secret negotiations with George Lincoln Rockwell’s American Nazi party and invite George Lincoln Rockwell to speak from its platform. Marable writes: both groups, after all, dreamed of a segregated world in which interracial marriages were outlawed and the races dwelled in separate states, (p. 199).
Marable covers Malcolms political association with organizations and activists like the Revolutionary Action Movement, Fannie Lou Hamer, and the Socialist Workers Party before and after his split from the NOI. Also, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention shows Malcolms connection to leaders of the anti-colonial movement like Julius Nyerere of Tanzania and Nasser of Egypt, his meeting with Fidel Castro in Harlem in 1960 and a possible meeting with Che Guevara in late 1964. All of this expanded his popularity and broadened his international understanding. Malcolm would frequently use in his political speeches to stress the importance of the 1955 Bandung Conference of the non-aligned countries of the former colonial world that were not linked to U.S./Western imperialism or the Stalinist Soviet Union.
Marables new and groundbreaking material is in the chronological details of Malcolms 25 weeks away from the United States during his hajj to Mecca. Malcolms trips throughout the Middle East and Africa had a huge effect on his thinking on Islam and the colonial revolution as he and the Muslim Mosque, Inc. attempted to gain legitimacy in the mainstream Muslim world. Malcolm believed spirituality Islam could play a role in the liberation struggle against racism and white supremacy. Malcolm states, Our success in America will involve two circles, black nationalism and Islam And Islam will link us spiritually to Africa, Arabia and Asia, (p. 311-312).
Malcolm attempted to forge links with newly-independent African nations like Ghana. Despite the gains from the transfer of power in 1957 from England, by the mid-60s there were political criticisms against Nkrumah and the ruling Convention Peoples Party, for a lack of democracy and the rise of a cult of personality. As Marable points out, Malcolm surely heard the criticisms from the African-American expatriates but might have turned a blind eye to it. Malcolm may have also endorsed the authoritarian measures by the government. Malcolms trips to Africa sought to gain support for his repeated calls for the United Nations to condemn U.S. human rights violations,and were important steps to internationalize the black freedom movement in the U.S.
Marable brings out the challenges facing Malcolm, navigating the difficult geo-political dilemmas facing former colonialized countries like Ghana, Nigeria, and Tanzania in a polarized world dominated by imperialism and Stalinism and experimenting with hybrid African socialist/capitalist models. William Sales, author of From Civil Rights to Black Liberation: Malcolm X and the Organization of Afro-American Unity states, The various African socialisms and the systems established on that basis in Africa have been criticized by African Marxists as veiled apologies for the consolidation of various forms of dependency and dependent capitalism. In some of these countries, the Communist Party was either outlawed or its members harassed by the government as was the case in Egypt under Nasser (p. 86).
Malcolms political and religious relationship with Nasser’s Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood, the Saudi royal family and his denunciation of Israeli Zionism would pose serious questions for Malcolms international work. Marable explains, This calculated view reflected the broader balancing act he (Malcolm X) performed throughout his time in the Middle East. Egypts secular government stood forcefully at odds with religious groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, which had been implicated in a 1954 plot to kill Nasser and subsequently banned Malcolm, indebted to both sides, could not afford to take positions that might offend either. During his stay in Cairo, his Islamic studies were directed by Sheikh Muhammad Surur al-Sabban, the secretary-general of the Muslim World League. This group was financed by the Saudi government and it reflected conservative political views, so Malcolm had to exercise considerable tact and political discretion. (p. 368)
One of the great questions about Malcolms political development has to do with his statements on socialism and capitalism. As Marable and Sales point out, despite Malcolms anti-capitalist statements and favorable socialist remarks on the platform of the Socialist Workers Partys Militant Labor forums and socialism practiced in the so-called third world, Malcolm was not a socialist. At the time of his assassination, Malcolm was clearly moving in a new political direction which could have led him to socialist conclusions or deepening his revolutionary nationalist ideas. Malcolm didnt have access to genuine Marxism at home or abroad. Professor Sales states, Those who noted Malcolms turn toward socialism, like George Breitman and Michael Williams, consistently failed to make a distinction between the Marxist-Leninist tradition of scientific socialism and the socialist thought of Malcolm X. There is no information available that demonstrates that Malcolm X seriously studied Marxism-Leninism, (p. 86).
Marable documents an interview Malcolm had with NY Times reporter M.S. Handler, exposing Malcolms ambiguity to socialist ideas.
I am not anti-American, un-American, seditious nor subversive. I dont buy the anti-capitalist propaganda of the communist, nor do I buy the anti-communist propaganda of capitalists Im for whoever and whatever benefits humanity (human beings) as a whole whether they are capitalist, communists or socialist, all have assets as well as liabilities (p. 369).
The material dealing with the assassination plot in Marables biography have been covered extensively in Karl Evanzzs book The Judas Factor: the Plot to Kill Malcolm X published in 1992, and Zak Kondo, author of Conspiracy: Unraveling the Assassination of Malcolm X, published in 1993.
From his release from prison in 1952 to his public assassination, Malcolms actions were monitored by the state authorities. The plot to kill Malcolm X flowed from the governmental opposition under the auspices of the Counter Intelligence Program (Cointelpro), which sought to prevent the development of a unified radical movement with leadership. Cointelpro used disruptive methods such as sending falsified letters to organizations and leaders that would lead to bloodshed in the black community. Cointelpro, developed under the leadership of FBI Director, J.Edgar Hoover, was a continuation of the Palmer raids of the early 1900s and the McCarthy witch-hunts of the late 40s and early 50s to neutralize the movements of resistance against U.S. big business at home and abroad.
The NOI and Malcolms Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU) and Muslim Mosque, Inc. (MMI) was thoroughly infiltrated by the FBI and New York City police department (BOSS unit) respectively. Marable points out, The NYPDs narrative about Malcolms murder was simple. The slaying was the culmination of an almost yearlong feud between two black hate groups. The NYPD had two priorities in conducting its investigation: first, to protect the identities of its undercover police officers and informants, like Gene Roberts; and second, to make successful cases against NOI members with histories of violence. Its hasty and haphazard treatment of forensic evidence at the crime scene suggested that it had little interest in solving the actual homicide, (p. 451).
Marable highlights the five assailants are from the NOI Newark, New Jersey mosque. The three men convicted of killing Malcolm; Norman 3X Butler, Thomas 15X Johnson, and Talmadge Hayer convicted of first degree murder in 1966, were sentenced to life. Both Butler and Johnson fought for their innocence in the conspiracy to kill Malcolm. Talmadge Hayer was paroled in April 2010 with great protest from activists. Marable makes the claim, the killshot assailant Willie Bradley is still alive, living in New Jersey and was never brought to justice.
Malcolms internationalism and revolutionary message was a powerful challenge to the American empire at home and abroad. The conspiracy to kill Malcolm X was a collective effort by elements in the NOI, FBI and CIA, that is still unresolved today.
Marable deals with the controversial aspects of Malcolms life like his hustling days as Detroit Red and his homosexual relationship with a rich white man named Paul Lennon. (This topic was covered by Bruce Perry in his Malcolm X: The Life of a Man Who Changed Black America, published in 1991.) The stormy, strained relationship and possible extramarital affairs of both Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz are also covered. Rather than place these events in their political, social and cultural context, in our pop, sensationalized tabloid news, these revelations are receiving more attention by the corporate media in its attempts to discredit Malcolm X.
In the Age of Obama
Marables most questionable conclusions are the ones in the chapter Reflections on a Revolutionary Vision. Here Marable attempts to draw a direct historical line from Malcolm X to President Obamas presidential win in 2008. Marable exclaims, These aspects of Malcolms public personality were indelibly stamped into the Black Power movement; they were present in the cry, Its our turn! by black proponents of Harold Washington in the Democrats successful 1983 mayoral race in Chicago. It was partially expressed in the unprecedented voter turnouts in black neighborhoods in Jesse Jacksons presidential campaigns of 1984 and 1988 and in the successful electoral bid of Barack Obama in 2008. Malcolm truly anticipated that the black electorate could potentially be the balance of power in a divided white republic, (p. 483).
This sorry attempt to mollify Malcolms uncompromising stance against the corporate two-party system of U.S. capitalism, is intended to neuter the militant, independent, and revolutionary message that Malcolm articulated in his April 3, 1964 speech, The Ballot or The Bullet.
They get all the Negro vote, and after they get it, the Negro gets nothing in return. All they did when they got to Washington was give a few big Negroes big jobs. Those big Negroes didnt need big jobs, they already had jobs. Thats camouflage, thats trickery, thats treachery, window-dressing. Im not trying to knock out the Democrats for the Republicans; well get them in a minute. But it is true - you put the Democrats first and the Democrats put you last.
The best example of Malcolms independent electoral program for black people could be seen in the 1966 Lowndes County Freedom Organization in rural Lowndes County, Alabama. Organized by Stokely Carmichael and SNCC, it was an all-black independent political party that fought against black political disenfranchisement and white supremacy. This project was spurred on by the events and lessons of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) and Fannie Lou Hamer protest at the Democratic Party Atlantic City convention in 1964, when the Democratic and Mississippi Democratic Party leadership refused to recognize the MFDP delegates at the convention. The Freedom Now Party (FNP) was founded in 1963 by black militants within Detroit who had close ties to Malcolm, and they spoke frequently at political rallies with Rev Albert B. Cleage Jr. and Milton brothers, while he was a member of NOI, and then afterward. The FNP ran independent black candidates for governor, congress, the state senate and the board of education in 1964.
The last two chapters of Marables Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, and also Peniel Josephs Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama and Ta-Neshisi Coates review of Marables biography titled “The Legacy of Malcolm X: Why his vision lives on in Barack Obama” published in Atlantic Magazine are all intended to render Malcolm Xs revolutionary stance against empire and racism unnecessary in the face of the so-called post-racial U.S. society and the first black president occupying the White House. These apologists for this corporate war president and the capitalist system have re-packaged Malcolm X as an outdated firebrand who would have had to check his revolutionary message at the door in todays political environment. A far more accurate description of Obama is to be found in Cornell Wests statement describing Obama as a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats. West goes on to point out that Obama has now become head of the American killing machine and is proud of it (Chris Hedges, The Obama Deception: Why Cornel West Went Ballistic, Truthdig, 5/16/11)
The Meaning of Malcolm X Today
Marables Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention allows a new generation to study and learn more about Malcolm. But Marables biography shouldnt be looked upon as the definitive work because there are more aspects of his life and political trajectory that demand further study and research. Malcolms life experience and world events moved him to be an active participant in the revolutionary awakening and revolt of the 1950s and ‘60s. Malcolms revolutionary nationalism, pan-Africanism, anti-imperialism, and anti-corporate stances inspired the birth of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, the militancy of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), militant trade unionism of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers in Detroit, and other radical and socialist organizations.
Malcolm matters because the conditions that produced Malcolm still exist. The abject poverty, racism, high rates of unemployment, mass prison incarceration, police violence, layoffs and massive budget cuts, are a byproduct of a sick capitalist system - based on delivering profits for a small ruling elite. These conditions are producing a new generation of revolutionaries who will be inspired by the shining example of Malcolm X:
I believe that there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those who do the oppressing. I believe that there will be clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the system of exploitation. I believe that there will be that kind of clash
Interesting, although all the timelines for MX in Africa and the middle east commence in 1959, the son of Shirley Graham Du Bois and the stepson of W.E.B. Du Bois appears to place him in Cairo in 1960:
In Cairo, an Expatriate Black American Recalls Malcolm X
.By Carol Berger, Special to The Christian Science Monitor / February 10, 1992
WHEN Malcolm X made his third and last visit to Cairo in 1964, he was alone. Besieged at home by the Nation of Islam, the extremist black Muslim group that he had broken with, he was to spend almost two months in Cairo before embarking on a lengthy journey through Africa.
He arrived in Cairo without fanfare. But when word spread, young black Americans keen to speak with a representative of the struggle they’d left behind, sought him out. Many of them were former members of the Nation of Islam, weary of its anti-white racism and failure to play an active role in the struggle for black rights. Before Malcolm X left the city, they had agreed to establish a chapter of his new group, the Organization of African-American Unity.
In the early 1960s, young black men from cities like Chicago and Philadelphia made their way to Egypt, many of them seeking not only African but also Islamic identities. The Egyptian government provided meager scholarships to Al Azhar Islamic University. One of those blacks was Akhbar Muhammad, the son of the Nation of Islam’s leader, Elijah Muhammad. For most of the students, living allowances were negligible. Some, in order to make ends meet, played gigs in Cairo jazz clubs.
One of those expatriates still lives in Cairo. David Du Bois is a visiting professor of journalism and Afro-American studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, but resides for most of the year in his adopted home of Egypt. He is author of the novel, And Bid Him Sing,” a story of black American exiles in Cairo in the mid-1960s.
In 1960, Mr. Du Bois arrived in Egypt as a traveler. Later he became a journalist. He was following in the path of his grandparents, missionaries in Liberia, and his parents: His father was the revered black rights activist W. E. B. Du Bois, one of the first names in the Pan-African movement.
Du Bois recalled his reactions after arriving by boat in the port city of Alexandria: “I fell in love with Egypt. I got here and discovered that everybody looked like me, and I looked like everybody else. I was accepted as a human being without any reference to the color of my skin. It was an overwhelming experience. I found myself invisible.”
Unlike other black expatriates he befriended in Cairo, Du Bois was not religious. Many were new arrivals who came to study Islam at Al Azhar. As Du Bois now says: “They came here in search both of their African and Islamic roots, but they approached Egypt as an African country.”
He met several times with Malcolm X and remembers a “calm and cool” figure.
When asked by Du Bois if people needed religion, Malcolm X replied that religion - whether Islam or Christianity - was a means of putting “blinders” on the minds of those who might otherwise stray from good and moral lives.
cont: see page two
Du Bois, Shirley Graham
(b. 11 November 1896; d. 27 March 1977),
author, composer, and activist. When Shirley Graham Du Bois was thirteen years old she met the prominent scholar and activist W. E. B. Du Bois. The meeting had a profound impact on her political and personal development, for she eventually married Du Bois in 1951. She became well known as W. E. B. Du Bois’s second wife, causing some to overlook her tremendous personal accomplishments.
Shirley Graham was born near Evansville, Indiana, to David Graham and Etta Graham. Her father was an African Methodist Episcopal minister, a career that caused him to move his family to various locations in the United States, including Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans, and Nashville. At his churches Shirley first discovered a love for music, learning to play the organ and piano. She completed high school in Spokane, Washington, and then moved to Seattle, where she married Shadrack T. McCants, the owner of a dry-cleaning business, in 1921. The marriage soon ended, and she was left with two sons, Robert and David, to raise on her own...
Kwame Nkrumah with WEB Dubois and Shirley Graham Dubois in Ghana at Republic Day ceremony, July 1, 1960.
FOR THE RECORD:
Fihris al-Muqtataf, 1876-1952
[The Index of al-Muqtataf, 1876-1952)]
Edited by Fuad Sarruf and Linda Sadaka
The Muqtataf was one of the leading Arabic scientific and cultural monthly journals of the latter part of the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth century. Published in Egypt and edited for many years by Ya’qub Sarruf and Faris Nimr, the editorship was later taken up by Fuad Sarruf, a well-known Arab literary figure and writer on science.
The index comes in three volumes. Entries are listed under the author’s name, title and subject of the articles, each followed by volume number, year and page.
Arabic, 1967, 1968, Vol 1: 753 pages; Vol 2: 708 pages; Vol. 3: 698 pages, hardcover, $15 each.
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