An Analysis of Publications on Malcom X's Assassination
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Conspiracy theories, secret societies, are phenomena’s common to all minority groups, especially among oppressed groups with a long history of injustice. Bounded by secrecy, based on exclusivity, such organizations are essentially reactionary. This paper is a convergence of three areas of inquiry; (1) the text and critiques of Alex Haley’s, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, William Sales’s, From Civil Rights to Black Liberation: Malcolm X and the Organization of Afro-American Unity , George Breitman’s The Last Year of Malcolm X: The Evolution of a Revolutionary and Marika Sherwood’s Malcolm X Visits Abroad; (2) which of the text best solidifies the facts surrounding Malcolm X’s assassination as discussed in connection with his evolving post-NOI political career; and (3) the role U.S. government agencies (i.e. FBI and CIA) played in his death. Through this inquiry, it was discovered each individual member of the Black Intelligentsia listed above, agree to some extent that Malcolm’s post-NOI political ideology, the betrayal and jealousy from members of the NOI, and the United States government by the way of the FBI and then director of the FBI, J Edgar Hoover, as well as the CIA contributed to the assassination of Malcolm X. After comparing the bodies of work produced by all four scholars and reviewing the documentary on the subject, I have concluded that their interpretation of Malcolm’s post-NOI experience is inherently accurate. This becomes evident for anyone watching Jack Baxter’s (1994) documentary film “Brother Minister:
The Assassination of Malcolm X”, which outlines the events and theories surrounding the assassination of Malcolm X. I will discuss passages from each scholar’s text that explore their philosophical persp...
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...ology. Thus, he posed a great threat to the vested interests of both black and white powerful groups. No matter the immediate pretext, it was certainly this threat that caused Malcolm X’s many enemies, to rid him of his life.
Breitman, George. The Last Year of Malcolm X: The Evolution of a Revolutionary. New York:
Pathfinder Press, 1967. N. pag. Print.
Haley, Alex. The Autobiography of Malcolm X. New York, NY: Ballantine Book: Random House, 1973. Print.
Sales, JR., William W. From Civil Rights to Black Liberation: Malcolm X and the Organization
of Afro-American Unity. Boston: South End Press, 1994. N. pag. Print.
Sherwood, Marika. Malcolm X: Visits Abroad. Hollywood: Tsehai Publishing, 2011. N. pag.
Film Citation –
Baxter, Jack, dir. “Brother Minister: The Assassination of Malcolm X” Writ. Jack Baxter: VHS, 1994.