‘Hey, Didn't Y’all Kill Malcolm?’

By Demetric Muhammad-Guest Columnist- | Last updated: May 20, 2020 - 11:02:40 AM

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Myth-busting the propaganda against the Nation of Islam

May 19th is a very significant date in Black History, for it is the birth anniversary of Minister Malcolm X (el-hajj Malik Shabazz). Brother Minister Malcolm became a strong leader within the Black community and a strong student and helper of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad.

His tragic assassination has created an emotional and psychological wound that has existed within the Black community for many years. And the most striking characteristic of this wound involves the propaganda that has been circulated far and wide that blames the Nation of Islam for the assassination of Malcolm X.

It is striking because Malcolm X is a fruit from the tree of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam. So to make millions of folks within the Black community to feel the Nation of Islam killed Malcolm X is to cause those millions to stay away from the Nation of Islam. As a result, the benefit that Malcolm gained from the Nation which is that of personal transformation and real world exaltation—is denied all who the propaganda deceives into refusing to drink from the well of wisdom and truth that Malcolm X drank from—the well of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.

In the early days, of this 55 year old controversy, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad was blamed. But since Allah (God) caused the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan to arise and rebuild the Nation of Islam, Minister Farrakhan’s name has been thrown into the mud. And nowadays many who are uninformed and have been misinformed, blame Minister Farrakhan for the assassination of Malcolm X.

As a student of Minister Farrakhan’s ministry class and a member of his research team, my work and study has taken me to many places. Often, I am invited as a guest speaker and lecturer at mosques, churches, schools, community centers, and media. It has been my experience that no matter what the subject or topic we have prepared to address, I am invariably asked some variation of the question “Hey but, didn’t y’all kill Malcolm?”

This question especially comes up when I am blessed to speak to audiences of young people.

So, in order to respond properly and truthfully, we spent several years researching the subject of the assassination of Malcolm X. And we are now happy to publish our findings. Within the information that we have found are powerful and profound hidden truths that serve as definitive vindication of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam.

Some of the many fascinating facts and hidden truths we found included the lessons that all within the Black community should learn about how propaganda and misinformation have become weapons used by high powered governmental agencies like the FBI, CIA and Homeland Security. These divisions of the federal government use media sources to target strong Black leaders and organizations for the purpose of neutralizing the positive effects of said leaders and organizations among the suffering masses of Black America.

Malcolm stated profoundly and accurately the following:

“When I am dead … He [the White man] will make use of me dead, as he has made use of me alive, as a convenient symbol …”

In my research, I learned that Malcolm X was loathed and despised by the media, the American government, and Jewish groups like the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith. Nearly all public obituaries found in major mainstream newspapers condemned Brother Minister Malcolm referring to him, as the Los Angeles Times did on February 22, 1965 when it published that:

“For a dozen years the name Malcolm X had been almost synonymous with hatred of the white race … After the break[from Elijah Muhammad], he made it clear he still hated whites, whom he called ‘white devils.’”

Yet the image of Malcolm X, some 30 years after his assassination, was used to decorate a U.S. postage stamp. This is difficult to understand unless we consider that a sanitized version of Malcolm X was reintroduced into the public sphere at a strategic time to coincide with the rise of the rebuilt Nation of Islam and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.

It is clear that the ideas that Malcolm X remained wedded to throughout his life, those being primarily Black Nationalism and Islam, remain issues that the federal government consider subversive and anti-American. Yet a government sponsored, media driven romantic portrait of Minister Malcolm X has been widely circulated. However, the fact that Malcolm’s ideas are still hated and opposed by the powerful forces that rule America makes us to know that the professed mainstream love of Malcolm is part of a propaganda strategy. The propaganda strategy has been aimed at de-magnetizing the most popular Black leader of the past 40 years—Minister Louis Farrakhan.

In this new book, the first published book in 55 years to vindicate the Nation of Islam in the case of the assassination of Malcolm X, we discuss in detail the plot to “resurrect Malcolm X to bury Minister Farrakhan.” And this was primarily done through weak, yet widespread, efforts to blame Minister Farrakhan for Malcolm’s assassination.

We learned so much in our research. Our findings document the innocence not only of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, but also the initial target of the propaganda campaign, his teacher, the eternal leader of the Nation of Islam, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad.

An important section is devoted to unraveling and exposing the slander against the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and his domestic life. This slander, that evaporates when closely examined and weighed against facts, is thoroughly discussed, and debunked within the presentation of our research.

The weight of more than 400 sources is brought to bear upon the important task of myth-busting the propaganda aimed at destroying Black America’s most tangible and salvific hope, which is the Nation of Islam.

The reader will get an opportunity for the first time, to review the testimonies of Minister Malcolm’s inner-circle. These courageous brothers and sisters, his helpers in establishing the OAAU and Muslim Mosque Inc., go on the record in their insistence that the Nation of Islam is innocent of Minister Malcolm’s assassination. In my personal interview with Malcolm’s secretary Sister Sarah Mitchell, she reiterated much of what she wrote many years ago in her manuscript that discusses her work with Malcolm X called “Shepherd of the Black Sheep.”

In this book we present her words that revealed that the day of Malcolm’s assassination he had planned to take back the accusations made against the Nation of Islam that they were seeking to take his life. According to Ms. Mitchell:

“During his final hours, Malcolm spoke of plans for explaining to the general public how hasty and mistaken he had been in accusing Black Muslims of bombing his home. He said, ‘You won’t find a single instance where Muslim men ever moved to attack women and children. I know their tactics and their limitations. And I’m telling you things happening to me these past weeks go beyond the realm of the Muslims.’ Malcolm was convinced that a conspired maneuver was already in motion whereby, if anything happened to him, Elijah and his organization would be blamed or vice-versa.”

Of an important note from the perspective of historical and contemporary issues is our presentation of the role of anti-Semitism in the assassination of Malcolm X. Today Minister Farrakhan is pejoratively dubbed as the leading Black anti-Semite. In the 1960s, the Anti-Defamation League of B’Nai B’rith placed that label on Malcolm X. In this book, I discuss the role this dubious distinction played in Brother Minister Malcolm’s assassination; and in so doing some previously hidden hands are exposed.

I strongly encourage those who have an interest in the assassination of Brother Minister Malcolm X to consider what we have been blessed by Allah to research and present to the world. An article is not space enough to overview the entire 326-page book. But perhaps this thumbnail sketch of its contents may inspire the reader to add this important work to your personal home library. Demetric Muhammad is in the student ministry class of Muhammad Mosque No. 55 in Memphis, an author and member of the NOI Research Group. This book is available on our website