Much has been made of the life of Malcolm X, but what of the legacy he left behind? During this year of the 50th year anniversary of his death, The Global African host Bill Fletcher explores these issues with Dayvon Love, public policy director of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS) and Angel Elliott and Anton Woronczuk, producer and lead researcher of the new film X: Malcolm’s Final Years.
Jim Douglass, author of JFK and the Unspeakable, says,
“Martin Luther King and Malcolm X were both executed by what Dr. King described, at the height of the Vietnam War, as “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today – my own government.” While our government waged a criminal war in Southeast Asia, in which the poor, largely people of color, of the United States fought the poor of Vietnam on behalf of a military-industrial complex, our two greatest prophets resisted that systemic, racist evil with their whole lives. Malcolm and Martin came to see the entire Cold War as a scam, in which a corporate, racist power dominated as much of the world as it could by lying about both itself and its ideological enemy. Our prophets of change, Malcolm and Martin, were then spied on and undermined by government agencies in ways that led, step by step, to their murders” [The Converging Martyrdom of Martin and Malcolm by James Douglass].