Malcolm X (May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965) was the topic of discussion a couple days ago and the dialogue about him was impressive. I’ve learned a lot about this icon within a few hours and I plan to learn more about this man.
A couple people questioned his movement and what he means to blacks and exposed some harsh truths about him as a leader and motivational speaker. While most blacks respect and revere him as a great leader who taught us black pride and black power, some dudes claimed that X didn’t do anything for blacks on a larger scale. Since X was part of the Nation of Islam for a long time, they felt that having that kind of membership was a huge stain on his legacy. It’s well-known that later on in his career, he publicly denounced the Nation of Islam and realized that his beliefs weren’t other black peoples beliefs and in order for him to fight for blacks, he had to move outside of “religion” and all the nonsense that comes with it.
I can go on and on because there is so much to his story, it’s unbelievable, but if anyone wants to continue this dialogue, then drop a comment below and we can definitely get the convo crackin’. I’ll say this though, at the end of the day just like everyone on this planet, Malcolm X was a flawed human being and people can overanalyze and criticize the who, what, when, where, and how of his actions (or lack thereof) but the fact remains that he’s an icon and an inspiration to many people, myself included. He stood up for what he believed in and he died for a cause. How many people would be willing to do that?? If nothing else, he taught us blacks black pride and the right to stand up for ourself and demand to be treated with respect. What I’ve learned from him is to fight for what you believe in and aim to succeed “By Any Means Necessary.”