#1 Family of Malcolm X sues to prevent publication of diary11-11-2013, 02:01 AM
Family of Malcolm X sues to prevent publication of diary
Lawsuit launched though daughter listed as co-editor of diary written during last year of late civil rights leader's life
Malcolm X speaking 1964, the year he broke away from the Nation of Islam. Photograph: Robert Parent/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image
The family of Malcolm X has launched a lawsuit to stop the publication of a diary of the late civil-rights leader's last year.
The Diary of Malcolm X, a reproduction of a private diary kept as he travelled to the Middle East and Africa immediately before his assassination, is due to be published this week, according to Third World Press, a Chicago-based company. The publisher lists one of the leader's six daughters, Ilyasah Shabazz, as a co-editor.
But in papers filed to Manhattan federal court, according to the Associated Press, heirs to Malcolm X say Third World Press does not have the right to publish it.
Bennett Johnson, the vice-president of Third World Press, said it had a signed contract with one of Malcolm X's daughters. A video on the website of Third World Press shows Shabazz speaking about the book, alongside journalist Herb Boyd, who is also listed as co-editor.
"It's really beautiful that we get to see Malcolm in his own voice – without scholars, historians or observers saying what he was thinking or what he was doing or what he meant" Shabazz says.
The book is due to be published on 14 November, the film notes.
I wonder if the rest of the family was assigned roman numerals?
11-12-2013, 12:33 PM
It might be interesting, from the perspective that Malcolm was killed by the Nation of Islam, on the orders of Elijah Muhammed. I've always suspected that Louis F had a hand in it, too.
I think the Nation was afraid of Malcolm's changing viewpoint. He had backed off a lot of his "white devil" crap and had learned some ugly truths about black and Muslim participation in the business end of the slave trade during his trips to Africa and Mecca. He had had a brief meeting with MLK that probably would have led to more meetings, if Malcolm had survived. Some even speculate that he was on the verge of rejecting Islam and embracing Christianity, although that is probably just optimism by black Christians.
Malcolm converted to Islam while in prison, I read his autobiography for a sociology class in college and had to write a paper in which I used the development of Malcolm to demonstrate Erikson's stages. He had a very traumatic childhood-in Michigan, no less. His father was killed by Klansmen in East Lansing, his mother was 7th Day Adventist and from his perspective as a child, she was carted off to the mental hospital because she was poor, but refused the charity of the neighborhood pig farmer, who offered her meat for the kids. He then was shipped off to various orphanages and youth homes. His view of white people was shaded by those early experiences. He was starting to understand this, too, when he was killed.
The family could have a lot of reasons for not wanting this published.
11-12-2013, 03:43 PM
In Malcolm's case, in the 1950s, it was different. He was a true believer. He had been a con artist, a drug addict and dealer, and a thief. When he first was presented with Islam, for him, it was a way out of that lifestyle. It gave him justification for his hatred of Christianity, which to him, was the religion of white people that they forced upon their black slaves. It gave him clear rules for living, like abstaining from alcohol, tobacco and drugs. He got married and had children.
Malcolm was emotionally stunted from his childhood experiences, witnessing the murder of his father and the breakdown of his mother. He was then placed in a succession of state facilities/orphanages for kids, some better than others. He really did not meet very many benevolent white people while growing up, and so he projected his experiences onto society at large. Malcolm was starting to change his rhetoric, and the NOI could not have their most popular spokesperson speaking about making peace with the white folk, so they had him killed.
I'm very curious as to why his family is fighting publication of the diary-does he express more of those sentiments than he did to Alex Haley in his autobiography? Are his family members concerned about retaliation from Calypso Louie and his gang of thugs? Or does his family want to keep the hate whitey image going 50 years later?
It's enough to get me to read the book, at least once it's out in paperback.
11-13-2013, 11:34 AM
Malcolm X hated LBJ, too, and all that he stood for. He saw him as a sly fox. He refused to endorse a candidate, but he told Alex Hailey his opinion about LBJ vs Goldwater. He thought Goldwater was what he was, and at least people knew where they stood with him. He thought LBJ was a cynical racist, looking to play black people for his own political gain.
Malcolm was a really interesting man, I don't think many Americans realize it. They either see the icon for the radical left or a demon who hated white people.
Sic Hacer Pace, Para Bellum.
Before you can do things for people, you must be the kind of man who can get things done. But to get things done, you must love the doing, not the people!
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