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