Source: Hypocritical Love For Malcolm X
Source: Hypocritical Love For Malcolm X
During the 1980s and early 1990s, the life story of Malcom X’s, experience a revival among African Americans.
He is still called Malcolm X by many people; despite his name being changed to El Hajj Malik El Shabazz during his lifetime.
I believe the reason for the revival was because of the many popular Hip-Hop artists at that time, were rapping about Malcolm X.
All across America, many people could be seen wearing T-Shirts with pictures of Malcolm.
However, many of the people wearing these shirts knew absolutely nothing about Malcolm X.
They saw Malcolm as a revolutionary symbol like Che Guevara.
Because of this rising popularity for Malcolm a movie was made by Spike Lee called Malcolm X.
Unfortunately, in my opinion it was not a very good movie.
Denzil Washington’s performance was outstanding; but the script was horrible.
It had so many fabrications and made up characters that to those of us who truly loved Malcolm; the movie was a disappointment.
After the excitement over the movie had died down; so did the revival and interest in Malcolm X.
Many of our people lost interest in Malcolm X’s story.
It was like the movie was such a great achievement in being made; that the passion to really get to know Malcolm was gone.
The movie did not emphasize the miraculous transformation of Malcolm Little into Malcolm X.
His transformation is an example for all of our people.
Especially an example for our ill-educated, wayward young men.
Malcolm X during his teenage years when he was known as Malcolm Little or Detroit Red; was a totally out of control young man.
He was a school dropout; living by his wits in New York City.
He drank alcohol, and took drugs.
He was also a drug dealer, a pimp, a con man, a burglar, a stick up man, gambler, hustled homosexual men for money; had sex with married women etc.
In effect, Malcolm did everything imaginable to survive.
He was a predator who preyed on the weaknesses of his fellow African Americans.
He was the kind of low life that no decent person wanted to be associated with.
He was the type of wild looking young man, that if a respectable person saw him coming towards them on the sidewalk; they would cross the street to avoid passing him.
He was finally caught during one of his burglaries and was sent to prison for ten years.
During his incarceration, because of his looks and strange behaviour the other prisoners stay clear of him.
They gave him the nickname of ‘satan.’
One of his brothers wrote him a letter, telling him that he knew a way to get him out of prison.
He told him the first thing he should do, was to stop eating pork.
Malcolm thought that his brother had some scheme in mind to get him released early from prison.
He decided to do as his brother had asked.
In the prison where he was, on the the days when pork was served; was a special treat for the prisoners.
All the inmates looked forward to those pork days.
So when the word when around the prison that satan had stopped eating pork; it gave Malcolm a sense of pride.
They were talking about him; because of his something other than his wildness.
He had rejected something that was prized by all the prisoners. His willpower had been strengthened by going against the grain.
Later, when his brothers visited him in prison he found out that they had joined a religious organization called the Nation Of Islam (NOI).
The members did not eat pork; drink alcohol or take drugs.
They believe that eating pork, drinking alcohol and taking drugs; clouded a person’s ability to think clearly.
They wanted Malcolm to stop eating pork so that when they spoke to him about the NOI he would be more receptive.
The leader of this organization was Elijah Muhammad who was called the Messenger of Allah.
Allah they explained to him, was the Name of The One True God.
And this God had raised up Messenger Muhammad from among them to save African Americans from the Caucasian people.
Malcolm accepted the religion of his brothers and for the next few years while he was still in prison a man with the mentality of a worm was transformed into a butterfly.
He taught himself how to read properly. He studied every word in the dictionary to improve his comprehension of words.
I am not going to try and explain the process of his transformation here.
Anyone who is really interested should read the book, “The Autobiography of Malcolm X.”
The point of this article is to point out the hypocrisy of the majority of the people of African descent who claim to love Malcolm X.
When Malcolm returned to New York City as a minister of the NOI; he sent shock waves through the African American community.
Especially among the people who knew him before.
They couldn’t believe that the low life that they had known as Detroit Red was the same person.
He was intelligent; he was articulate; he was cool and calm and he looked so good.
In record time he established Nation of Islam Temples all over the major cities on the North East Coast of America.
In the past he had been a travelling drug seller to many Jazz musicians and many of them embraced the teaching of the NOI.
The majority of the people today praising Malcolm have not made any changes to their lifestyle.
Many African Americans who are now praising Malcolm X, are more like Malcolm Little AKA Detroit Red; rather than Malcolm X.
Many of them still eat pork.
Many of them still take drugs and drink alcohol.
Many of them are still committing fornication or adultery.
Many of them still have the slave family names passed down to them from their slave ancestors.
These European names were like brands to show which slave master the slaves belonged to.
Many of them are still Christians who believe in a Caucasian son of god.
Some of them are even Atheists; although Malcolm had a strong belief in The Creator.
To really love and follow Malcolm X; we must be strong enough to overcome the weaknesses of this hypocritical religious, and corrupt society.
If we want to be like Malcolm El Shabazz we MUST make changes to our own lifestyle.
If we want to accomplish the things that he accomplished during his lifetime we must follow his physical, mental and spiritual example.