|Cartoon depicting the continuous working behind the scenes of the efforts to
sabotage the civil rights era Black Empowerment movement.
Michael McGrath - Was Malcolm X gay?
Muhammad Rasheed - Despite a lot of bloggers and even some Quorans' decision to accept the "Malcolm X was gay" claims of a 2005 article published in The Guardian, I am not convinced.
Considering the nature of how the pro-Black Empowerment figures and their movements were infiltrated and destroyed, combined with how "sexual deviancy" was perceived in the mainstream, I'm wondering why these accounts by these so-called witnesses should be taken as default truths that definitively happened.
"I want to be remembered as someone that was sincere even if I made mistakes, they were in sincerity. If I was wrong, I was wrong in sincerity. I can deal with a person that's wrong, as long as they are sincere." ~Al-Hajj Malik Al-ShabazzEven though I understand that in today's progressive political climate we of the modern day accept that homosexuality and its lifestyle should no longer be demonized, it would seem that a reasonable person should have EVERY reason to doubt the validity of these claims made about Malcolm X considering the context of what was going on around him that led not only to his assassination, but to the dismantling of the pro-Black militant groups that his life and death directly inspired. To me it seems obvious that these claims were being made as a character assassination attempt—to counter the militancy-inspiring force of his martyrdom—that is now being "cleaned up" because of our newly pro-gay political clime. I think it is short-sighted and narrow-minded to take these claims at face value, and we should be less gullible and more critical in our assessment of what is presented to us.
Matthew James - Outstanding. I couldn’t agree more.