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Malcolm X proven wrong by Obama?
Incendiary piece by S.*Crouch
with 3 comments
Sleeping Coolie-Crouching Nigger
Monday, November 24th 2008, 4:00 AM
Former Secretary of State James Baker once said that the free advice from a man who offered his opinions
often was worth what the secretary had paid for it.
This is how blacks in America need to take Ayman al-Zawahiri’s recent tape praising Malcolm X and condemning
As Osama Bin Laden’s top deputy, Zawahiri knows a mark when he sees one and believes black Americans to be
a collective chump gullible enough to be swayed by arguments against Obama that try to smack him with the dead
horse of black nationalism.
The threatening video issued last week was intended to whip up support for what is known as radical Islam by
using a martyr to a lost cause, Malcolm X.
Malcolm X was one of the naysayers to American possibility whose vision was permanently crushed beneath the
heel of Obama’s victory on Nov. 4. Though his ideas had nothing to do with the ultimate form of nonviolence - voting
- those desperate to praise him will pretend now that he was actually a civil rights leader! This has been going on for
an unforgivably long time, especially among black academics.
Malcolm X had nothing to do with Obama’s accomplishment as did none of the other militants who preached their own
version of separatism and gleefully attacked the civil rights movement as offering no more than pie in the sky and
misleading black people.
So Malcolm X was no more than a charismatic heckler of the civil rights movement and a man whose career was soaked
in racism, potted history and absurd ideas of one sort or another. He was a good rabble-rouser and he was a good
saber rattler. On Feb. 21, 1965, he was murdered in public as one of the victims of the tribal wars that distinguished
radical black nationalist cults and purported “revolutionary” leadership like the Black Panthers.
If not for Spike Lee’s film about him, Malcolm X would have been forgotten. His legacy did not add up to inspiring one
important piece of legislation, leading one important march or actually getting anything done that had objective significance.
So why would Zawahiri praise this dead horse of black nationalism as an “honorable black American” and say to Obama “in
you and in Colin Powell, [Condoleezza] Rice and your likes, the words of Malcolm X (may Allah have mercy on him) concerning
‘House Negroes’ are confirmed …?” Quite simply because he was also able to say, much more accurately, that the assassinated
rabble-rouser had called for the “worldwide revolution against the Western power structure.”
Where exactly is that worldwide revolution taking place right now? Actually, it exists in every place where people are inspired by
Obama’s victory to believe even more deeply in the ability that democracy provides for extraordinary hope and change.
That appeals to far more people than trash talking and gun waving and threatening to overthrow the federal government. Or
making it all about, as Malcolm X predicted, “the bullet or the ballot.” He was wrong about that as he was wrong about almost
everything that he said. He had plenty of verbal flourish but, in the end, it was all no more than hot air.
The real hero of that moment and the prophet of what we have seen over these last months since the Iowa primary is clearly the Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr. He and all of those who rejected black nationalism and the threat of violence were the ones we should revere.
They amounted to such visionaries that they reached across the ethnic aisle and made so many friends and allies over the long march
to this presidential election that it is an insult to their accomplishments to add the names of people like Malcolm X to the list of great Americans
that they comprise.