The Conspiracy Theory : The Assassination Of Malcolm X

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John Kwak Conspiracy Theory The Assassination of Malcolm X There are two sides to every story. Looking at the main story, Malcolm X, an African American nationalist and religious leader, is assassinated by rival Black Muslims while addressing his Organization of Afro-American Unity at the Audubon Ballroom in Washington Heights. The conspiracy theory view is The U.S. Government was behind the assassination of Malcolm X, fearing that Malcolm X was gaining international stature. We will also address the motives of each side, giving us perspective in the matter. Malcolm was born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1925. He (Malcolm) was the son of James Earl Little, a Baptist preacher supporter for the Black Nationalist ideals of Marcus Garvey. In 1931, a white supremacy group called Black Legion, for preaching controversial sermons, heinously murdered Malcolm’s father. By 1937, Malcolm was then taken from his family by welfare caseworkers. By the time he reached his high school age, he moved to Boston, where he then became alarmingly involved with criminal activities. In 1946, Malcolm is 21 and sent to prison on a charge of burglary. This is where he encounters the teachings of Elijah Muhammad, the leader of the Nation of Islam, who’s also known as Black Muslims. The Nation of Islam was known for nationalism and racial separatism that undermined Americans of European descents as immoral devils. This had a strong resonation to Malcolm, who later changed his last name to “X” to symbolize his stolen African Identity. After six years, Malcolm was released from prison to become a loyal effective minister of the Nation of Islam in Harlem, New York. Malcolm encouraged and supported self-defense “by any means necessary.” Around the city and countr... ... middle of paper ... ...was Malcolm X’s own security had abandoned the search process that had been a normal customs at both Nation of Islam and Muslim Mosque/Organization of Afro-American Unity meetings. Without the search, the assassins were able to enter the room with guns. These odd coincidences led to the death of one of the most prophetic revolutionary voices of the 20th century. The crime scene was not secured for extensive forensic analysis; instead, it was cleaned up for the scheduled dance that afternoon, with bullet holes still in the wall. Congress of Racial Equality Chairman James Farmer was among the first to say that Malcolm X’s murder was more than just an act of violence between two rival black organizations. “I believe this was a political killing” (Farmer). With a huge profile within the civil rights movement, it was no wonder he gained the law enforcement’s attention.
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