Today's Date: December 8, 2022
Hearts for Hospice and Catholic Hospice bring back The Best of the Best of Las Olas Luncheon   •   AmerisourceBergen Announces Common Share Repurchase From Walgreens Boots Alliance   •   TRANSUNION ALERT: Bragar Eagel & Squire, P.C. is Investigating TransUnion on Behalf of Long-Term Stockholders and Encourages   •   Connected California Program Launches to Bridge the Digital Divide   •   Hennessy Advisors, Inc. Announces Changes to the Board of Directors   •   Walgreens Boots Alliance Sells Shares of AmerisourceBergen Corporation for $1.0 billion of Proceeds   •   INVESTOR ALERT: F45 Training Holdings, Inc. Investors with Substantial Losses Have Opportunity to Lead the F45 Training Class Ac   •   NEOGENOMICS SHAREHOLDER ALERT by Former Louisiana Attorney General: Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC Reminds Investors With Losses in   •   The Urban League of Greater Atlanta Celebrates 100+ Years of Service to Metro Atlanta   •   Darling Ingredients Signs Commitment Letter to Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), Continues Advancing 2050 Net-Zero Goal   •   Stacey Babson Kaplan Named Senior Vice President, Chief Sustainability and Compliance Officer   •   PG&E Prepared to Respond to Significant Storm System Expected to Impact Northern and Central California this Weekend   •   Shareholder Notice: Robbins LLP Informs Investors of Class Action Against Iris Energy Limited (IREN)   •   TCU’s Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson Named 2022 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Winner   •   The Law Offices of Frank R. Cruz Announces Investigation of Rite Aid Corporation (RAD) on Behalf of Investors   •   JIM HENSON'S FAMILY HUB ON YOUTUBE LAUNCHES FULL EPISODES OF BELOVED PUPPET SERIES "PAJANIMALS" TO HELP PRESCHOOLERS WITH CHANGI   •   F45 ALERT: Bragar Eagel & Squire, P.C. Announces that a Class Action Lawsuit Has Been Filed Against F45 Training Holdings, I   •   Brookdale Reports November 2022 Occupancy   •   Family Research Council's Tony Perkins' Statement on the Final Passage of 'Respect for Marriage' Act   •   Alameda Health System's and Alameda County Public Health Department's BElovedBIRTH Black Centering Receives The 2022 Quality Lea
Bookmark and Share

Malcolm X Uproar Stirs Community



HARLEM -You don’t get to slander an icon and go home happy—not even if you’re dead yourself.

That was the feeling in the room at the recent forum held by the Institute of the Black World 21st Century at the Mother AME Zion Church in Harlem, reports Amsterdam News.

The forum was held in response to the book, “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention,” written by the late Columbia University professor Manning Marable. The book looks to shed new light on the life of Malcolm X, but in the process has sparked a hurricane of criticism with its claim that Malcolm X may have had a homosexual relationship and accounts of possible tension between the civil rights leader and his wife, the late Betty Shabazz.

The forum’s participants included Herb Boyd, who recently wrote an extensive review of the book for the Amsterdam News; Imam Talib Adur-Rashid; Monifa Bandele, activist and community leader; Professor James Small; and Viola Plummer, activist. More than 150 people filed into the church to hear their opinions and discuss their own thoughts on the book, which was published earlier this year by the Penguin Group.

The book was released immediately after Manning’s death on April 1 which means that, while the book is garnering a great deal of attention in New York City, the Harlem community and nationally, the author isn’t available to bask—or maybe cringe—in the spotlight. And when you say anything about someone as polarizing as Malcolm X, there is bound to be a reaction of potentially epic proportions.

“People do not want those who do not love him to expose him and his faults,” said Bandele, who heads Leadership for a Changing World.

“No autobiography is perfect…and [they are] often fraught with fiction,” said Boyd, himself a prolific writer and professor at City College as well as frequent contributor to the Amsterdam News. He went on to explain that to recall one’s own life is difficult and many times requires the input of others to help fill in blanks.

Marable, apparently, didn’t take the steps necessary to fill any gaps for Malcolm. In fact, those gaps have existed for some time and for some this book is less than informative. “There is nothing new or innovative that Marable wrote,” asserted Plummer.

If you are going to write a book that isn’t very innovative, you should at the very least make sure the facts hold some water. Not so in this book, claims Boyd.

“There were a number of egregious errors in the book that any fact checker could have found out,” he said.

Adur-Rashid, on one hand, was delighted to see the book about Malcolm published because it “established the social and political context Malcolm X was born and lived in.” Still, he thought that the accusations made therein gave “credence without proof to gossip and slander” and “dull[ed] the brilliance of the book.”

He went on to remark that one source used for the book is a blogger well known to the Muslim community for publishing slander and misinformation.

Well-known academic Small went a step further, calling the book “irresponsible.” He denoted Marable’s scholastic pursuits and training and said he thought that Marable had a “responsibility to not use gossip and hearsay and supposition. Because of who he is, that rumor holds credence.” Adur-Rashid remarked, “African-American writers have a sickness where they broadcast the sins and moral shortcomings [of others]…it is sensationalism of the worst type.”

Plummer said, “If you are going to recount the history of one of the greatest black men—if it is to be useful—it has a responsibility to teach.

“In our culture,” she added, “We need icons.”

Still, there is good to be found in the book.

“It is a re-ignition of the life and thought of Malcolm X,” said Bandele. While the book may raise some questions and start heated conversations, it “does not diminish the legacy,” according to Boyd.

Bandele may have had the best response of the afternoon when she said, “Read the book, write your own — that’s what Malcolm would do.”


STORY TAGS: Malcom X , HarlemBlack News, African American News, Minority News, Civil Rights News, Discrimination, Racism, Racial Equality, Bias, Equality, Afro American News

Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News