Malcolm Crucified


Denis G. Rancourt in his latest article, titled Roundabout as conflict-avoidance versus Malcolm X’s psychology of liberation has tried to apply Malcolm’s early-age hatred towards White folks when he was a Christian and later a member of Nation of Islam – to prove that White man is still enemy of the Afro-Americans (including President Barack Obama) and for their “liberation” – the Blackfolks should Malcolm’s example.

I bet, if Malcolm X (1925-1965) had been alive, he would have been the first person to reject Rancourt’s analogy. After claiming that Malcolm X may have been assassinated by the FBI agents – Rancourt quotes Rev. Albert Cleage’s memorial speech, which Cleage gave at Socialist Forum in Detriot on February 24, 1967, in which he refused to believe that Malcom X after performing Hajj in Mekkah and visiting several Muslim countries have transformed from a White-hating Black into a Muslim believing in Qur’anic injunction that all humans, irrespective of their color, nationality and gender, are equal in the eyes of the Lord (Allah).

“(Isay) Malcolm X was tremendously important, beyond our comprehension today … Malcolm laid down certain basic principles that we can never forget. He changed the whole course. The first basic principle that Malcolm laid down that we can’t forget is this: The white man is your enemy. That is a basic principle, we can’t forget it. I don’t care what else they drag in from wherever they drag it – remember one thing, Malcolm taught one truth: The white man is our enemy. We can’t get away from it, and if we accept and understand that one basic truth, his life was not lived in vain. Because upon that one basic truth we can build a total philosophy, a total course of action for struggle. Because that was the basic confusion which distorted the lives of black people, with corrupted the movements of black people.”

In reality, Malik al-Shabazz (Malcolm X) did change according to his autobiographer Alex Haley, who quoted him:

Never have I witnessed such sincere hospitality and the overwhelming spirit of true brotherhood as is practiced by people of all colors and races here in this ancient Holy Land, the House of Abraham, Muhammad, and all the other Prophets of the Holy Scriptures. For the past week, I have been utterly speechless and spellbound by the graciousness I see displayed all around me by people of all colors.

You may be shocked by these words coming from me. But on this pilgrimage, what I have seen, and experienced, has forced me to rearrange much of my thought-patterns previously held, and to toss aside some of my previous conclusions. This was not too difficult for me. Despite my firm convictions, I have always been a man who tries to face facts, and to accept the reality of life as new experience and new knowledge unfolds it. I have always kept an open mind, which necessary to the flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of intelligent search for truth…..”
On his return to United States from pilgrimage, the White reporters stormed him to confirm that he stick to his earlier statement, calling White-folks his brothers. His response was

You’re asking me “Didn’t you say that now you accept white men as brothers?” Well, my answer is that in the Muslim world, I saw, I felt, and I wrote home how my thinking was broadened! Just as I wrote, I shared true, brotherly love with many white-complexioned Muslims who never gave a single thought to the race, or to the complexion, of another Muslim.

My pilgrimage broadened my scope. It blessed me with a new insight. In two weeks in the Holy Land, I saw what I never had seen in thirty-nine years here in America. I saw all races, all colors, — blue-eyed blonds to black-skinned Africans — in true brotherhood! In unity! Living as one! Worshipping as one! No segregationists — no liberals; they would not have known how to interpret the meaning of those words.

In the past, yes, I have made sweeping indictments of all white people. I will never be guilty of that again — as I know now that some white people are truly sincere, that some truly are capable of being brotherly toward a black man. The true Islam has shown me that a blanket indictment of all white people is as wrong as when whites make blanket indictments against blacks

In order to smack the “freedom of religion except Islam” logo on the faces of pro-Israeli American racists – it would be better if the Muslims behind the ‘Cordoba House’ project near the ‘Ground Zero’ to ‘Malcolm X House’ to show, who are the real bigots?

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One response to “Malcolm Crucified

  1. Dear Rehmat:

    In my opinion you have misinterpreted my essay.
    The essay is not at all a comment about Islam, nor is it an attack against Malcolm X.
    Also, in my essay, the white man is clearly only used as a representative figure for the “oppressor” in any relationship of oppression.

    Also, in my opinion, one need not hate one’s enemy. One can be clear about who the enemy is without hating this enemy. I do not imply that Malcolm X hated whites at any time in his life, nor do I suggest that we should hate whites or any oppressor. I would not suggest anyone’s emotional reaction to their own oppression.

    I respect your views but I believe you may not have understood my message or its intent.

    Sincerely,
    Denis Rancourt

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