"Was Malcolm your traitor or ours? And if we dealt with him like a nation deals with a traitor, what the hell business is it of yours? A nation has to be able to deal with traitors and cutthroats and turncoats." -- Louis Farrakhan.
We're coming up on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X. I watched a CNN piece on Malcolm the other night and one of the documents presented included this instruction to the FBI's New York office from J. Edgar Hoover: “Do something about Malcolm X.” From the Wikipedia citation:
Within days, the question of who bore ultimate responsibility for the assassination was being publicly debated. On February 23, James Farmer, the leader of the Congress of Racial Equality, announced at a news conference that local drug dealers, and not the Nation of Islam, were to blame. Others accused the NYPD, the FBI, or the CIA, citing the lack of police protection, the ease with which the assassins entered the Audubon Ballroom, and the failure of the police to preserve the crime scene.In the 1970s, the public learned about COINTELPRO and other secret FBI programs established to infiltrate and disrupt civil rights organizations during the 1950s and 1960s. John Ali, national secretary of the Nation of Islam, was identified as an FBI undercover agent. Malcolm X had confided to a reporter that Ali exacerbated tensions between him and Elijah Muhammad, and that he considered Ali his "archenemy" within the Nation of Islam leadership. Ali had a meeting with Talmadge Hayer, one of the men convicted of killing Malcolm X, the night before the assassination.Some, including the Shabazz family, have accused Louis Farrakhan of involvement in Malcolm X's assassination. . .
Some have called me the "Malcolm X of the gun rights movement." I'm not sure if that's a compliment or an insult. Probably both. But it struck me while I was watching the CNN special that if I ever do turn up suddenly dead, that it wouldn't surprise me if it was at the hands of "one of his own" with the FBI's oily fingerprints all over it. It is what they have done in the past and frankly, they're not very bright about coming up with new ideas when push comes to shove regarding their bureaucratic reputation. Comey may be the smiling face of the "New FBI" but behind that mask they are at heart the same murderous secret police thugs they have ever been. In that, at least, they agree with Malcolm X's famous dictum: "By any means necessary."