Malcolm X’s Assassination: Lesson in Lack of Fidelity

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Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcolm X, a black veil covering her face, is shown at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, NY, February 27, 1965, during burial services for her husband. At left in white garment is Imam Alhajj Heshaans Jaaber, who offered Islamic prayers during funeral and burial services. (AP Photo)

Fidelity according to the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary is executing faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief, demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support.

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Activist Malcolm X is photographed protesting the death of a Muslim man killed by L.A. police. (Moneta Sleet, Jr./EBONY Collection)

Malcolm X, a Griffe,  lacked fidelity to the Nation of Islam. He we a man who witnessed through his own eyes how the still young Nation of Islam saved thousands of young men’s lives, took them off drugs if they were addicts, put them to work,  gave them constructive routines to be functional members of a community, specifically the African American community, and this man still could not look over Elijah Muhammad’s infidelities?

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After Malcolm’s “Chickens are Coming Home to Roost” speech was frantically published by the American press, Malcolm X was immediately suspended by the Nation of Islam. Yet the reader wonders why?

Why did Elijah Muhammad suspend Malcolm X?

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I submit to the the reader that Malcolm X lacked fidelity towards the ideology and cosmogony of the Nation of Islam.

According to author Manning Marable: “he (Malcolm) alternated between reaffirming his loyalty to Elijah Muhammad’s ideas and decrying his flawed morality sometimes in speeches only days apart.” (Marable 297)

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Undated picture of Malcolm X (C), the leader of the Organization for the Afro-American unity. (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)

Malcolm X, from my research, had problems with the leadership of the Nation of Islam. And though he was the speaker, national spokesman and indeed the biggest draw for new recruits, Malcolm was seen by Elijah Muhammad as a rabble-rouser as was known for his “reputation for hyperbole” (Marable 298)

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This need to exaggerate seems to be an indication of Malcolm X‘s need to dissimulate. Thus, a sure sign that he lacked fidelity for anything outside himself. A bad attribute for a leader and certainly more so for a follower.

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24 thoughts on “Malcolm X’s Assassination: Lesson in Lack of Fidelity

  1. Now this is a good article. Brilliant and a new way to look at Malcolm’s character. Now according to people I know, Malcolm X wanted to over look Elijah Muhammad infidelity and even came up with speeches about him being like King Solomon but it was his wife Betty Shabazz whom forced him to talk to the young teenage girl’s in which Elijah was getting pregnant. Malcolm X said one by one he sat and listened and he said he could no longer be quiet about it. I believe also Wallace Muhammad told Malcolm X of what his Elijah was doing. I don’t think Malcolm X had a problem with the adultery as much as he had a problem with him messing around with teenage girls.

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    1. There is no indication from my research that Elijah Muhammad had any predilection for very young women, prepubescent .

      Indeed, if anything, Elijah Muhammad was thought to have impregnated an ex, mid 30’s, female, love interest of Malcolm X . Yet, that would be editorializing.

      No arrest for underage girls means no underage girls.

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      1. Where in the video does it state that the women were sexually abused by Elijah Muhammad? Where does it say he was attracted to women below the age of consent in Chicago?

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      2. Had to search for it but those women are well known by a African-American friend of mine who is from Gary, Indiana. He is the one that introduced me to Dr. Bobby E. Wright teachings when I was a teen and also the teaching of Dr. Amos N Wilson. He is a FORMER member of the NOI and told me lots of things about Malcolm X that many people didn’t know because he was BORN in the Nation….His nephews are actually college football stars now…not going to revel this brother but the young wives are known as well as Dr. Khalid ex whom he had Farrah Gray with. The brother even got tapes when Dr. Wright was talking about Penny Pritzker and Mayor Daley in the 70s before Obama was even known.

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  2. Like I said before…the Teenage wives are well know in Chicago and have successful children. I thought it was common knowledge that Elijah had teenage Black women pregnant. I think that was Malcolm X’s biggest issue more so than than him having affairs. I think Betty Shabazz had a problem with it more so than Malcolm X considering Betty said that Malcolm X ignored her when she brought it up for years. Maybe, Malcolm X being vindictive when he brought it up because he felt humiliated about being silenced.

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    1. No problem. Cannot tolerate core issues being ignored for Red Herring such as “the girls were twelve and fourteen”. Factoids based on rumor. No police record – it did not happen.

      No great number of people can collaborate it, it did not happen.

      *So let’s look at why Malcolm X was Faithless to the NOI.*

      This articles’ focus was to point out the social problems developed between Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X. Behaviors rested on the inability of Malcolm X to act like a subordinate in word and action towards Elijah Muhammad.

      Yet, I am not a Nation of Islam fanatic. I do not see it as a militant black group. Indeed, the record shows it was more a religious movement.

      That being said, Malcolm X was part of this religious group, a group he was trying to Wahhabicise. Indeed, it seems even more absurd that Malcolm felt compelled to betray EM over his relationship with women.

      Doesn’t orthodox Islam allow that? Especially with men who have the means?

      No this was a very personal action.

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      1. A grown man impregnanting teenage girls is a red herring…claiming a White man is a God is a red herring? No police record it didnt happen but a video with the two girls who were teens when they were pregnant is also not evidence.

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      2. I never said the girls were between 12 and 14…Thats a lie you told on me . I said one girl was 15. Malcolm X joined the NOI when he was 22 and in prison. He left it when he was in his 30s. He died broke. Your claims are becoming more and more silly as they day goes by. Malcolm X

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      3. Where is the evidence he impregnated a fourteen year old? There is none. I have read two biographies and Malcolm’s autobiography and nowhere does it state that Elijah Muhammad had children with women under the age of consent.

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