Fidelity according to the Cambridge Dictionary means the state of remaining loyal to someone and keeping the promises you made to that person.
Malcolm X, a Griffe, lacked fidelity to the Nation of Islam. Recall, this is the same man who witnessed first hand how the still young organization saved thousands of lives, took men off drugs, put them to work, gave them constructive routines to become functional members of the African American community. Yet, he was unable to look over the infidelities of Elijah Muhammad? Why?
After Malcolm’s “the Chickens are Coming Home to Roost” speech was published by the American press, he was suspended by the Nation of Islam. Yet, many questioned why? Why did Elijah Muhammad suspend Malcolm X?
I submit to the the reader that Malcolm X lacked fidelity towards the Nation of Islam, its ideology, and leadership.
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)
Although Malcolm X was the national spokesman and indeed the biggest draw for new recruits, Malcolm was seen by Elijah Muhammad as a rabble-rouser and was known for his “reputation for hyperbole” (Marable 298). A quality Elijah Muhammad disliked.
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 of himself. A bad attribute for a leader and certainly more so for a follower.