Breaking Brown

April 7, 2011

more of my thoughts on Malcolm X and Gandhi….

Malcolm XIn a New York Times book review of Manning Marable’s just released biography on Malcolm X, it is revealed that Marable’s quintessential work is embedded with a Trojan horse that, once installed and released, will eviscerate the long held – and mostly cosmetic –representation of one of our most beloved civil rights leaders.  The review reads as follows:

“Malcolm X himself contributed to many of the fictions, Mr. Marable argues, by exaggerating, glossing over or omitting important incidents in his life. These episodes include a criminal career far more modest than he claimed, an early homosexual relationship with a white businessman…”

The claim – that Malcolm X took, or was taken with, a white male lover- is now perfectly poised to ignite a firestorm of debate in the African American community. But just as Marable’s biography affords us the opportunity to reexamine the inner workings of a leader who offered the ultimatum of “the bullet or the ballot box” as the only alternative to a pacifist movement, it also offers African Americans the unique opportunity to examine ourselves and our progress post Malcolm and Martin. Just as we are now peering into the most intimate details of Malcolm’s life, so must we examine our own psychological progress…READ FULL POST AT ATLANTA POST.COM

 

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2 thoughts on “more of my thoughts on Malcolm X and Gandhi….

  1. Yaasim says:

    I believe this to be more of the same attempts to smear the public’s adoration of those who have lost their lives in trying to lead a people to mental and spiritual freedom. What purpose can it serve to know these things at this stage? Malcolm nor Gandhi can defend their position on these revelations, which serve no purpose to the public. As with any public servant, your position and work belongs to the people, your every facet of your life does not.

  2. Yvette says:

    You could be right Yaasim. Neither of us know. However, I don’t view Manning Marable as provocateur and doubt he would engage in such a campaign. And I do believe sharing the truth about these men, if it’s true, does serve a purpose. It’s always better to paint a picture which is true to the man or woman than to promote fantasy…

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