Saturday, March 1, 2008
The Amazing Mr. X
Malcolm X was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1925, originally named Malcolm Little. His childhood was one of great pain from the loss of family members,by the murderous hands of racial ignorance. These acts scarred his youth and molded him into greatness.
In his early adulthood Malcolm Little was known as a petty crook with a reputation for extreme violence.This lifestyle led him to prison and the future he was remembered for . Unlike the Spike Lee version of his life, he was introduced to Islam by his brother Reginald who described his personal experiences and practice of this religion in letters sent to him while still incarcerated. After reading these letters he began to study this Faith, after doing so he too converted, also corresponding with Elijah Muhammad.
After his conversion, the sir name he became famous for "X", was adopted, believed to symbolize the lost identity of the people of African descent that was forcibly brought to the Americas. And that his former name was one of a slave's, which he no longer was. It also stated that not only was his body free from slavery,also was his mind.These beliefs were thought to be arrogant and offensive by many that could not accept this declaration of identity.
Malcolm X quickly became a powerful man,whose strength was only equaled by his intelligence and passion for the right to life. This status gained him respect and recognition across the globe.Which earned him the kind of power possessed by world leaders. And like some world leaders, at times used this power with an intimidating arrogance. Which earned him envy from some and caused the pain of others. Malcolm X was later known to have said:
"I realized racism isn't just a black and white problem. It's brought bloodbaths to about every nation on earth at one time or another. Brother, remember the time that white college girl came into the restaurant — the one who wanted to help the [Black] Muslims and the whites get together — and I told her there wasn't a ghost of a chance and she went away crying? Well, I've lived to regret that incident."
Then there was a statement made about the death of President Kennedy. He stated that his death was just a case of chickens coming home to roost. And chickens coming home to roost never made him sad, this only made him glad. Saying this caused a tidal wave of anger felt by non-Muslim Americans, also causing Elijah Muhammad to question his ability to control the powerhouse Malcolm had become.
In March 8,1964 he formally announced his break from the nation of Islam creating the "Muslim Mosque inc." he soon began a world tour which not only expanded his beliefs in Islam, it instilled an affirmation for the plight of mankind and not just those of African descent. He no longer desired civil rights,this was no longer enough, Malcolm fought for human rights.
Upon his return his social evolution was nearly complete and at a speech in 1965 was remembered saying:
"Nobody can give you freedom.Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything.If you are a man you just take it"
Because of his earlier separation from the nation of Islam and these new found beliefs, he acquired new friends, and even more enemies. Yet he stood by them until his assignation on February 21,1965.
El-Hajj Malik elShabazz, (Malcolm X),achieved notoriety as a separatist, but gained immortality as a humanitarian.
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