Netflix’s Who Killed Malcolm X should be required viewing by every Black Lives Matter protesters before they are allowed to take to the streets. People around the United States are fed up with police brutality of the African-American community and rightly so. Police brutality has gone to ridiculous levels not seen since the 1960s. Herein, begins the trouble. Going on 60 years now, the police culture in this country remains and when people, like Malcolm X, as the documentary shows, try to shed light on the subject, they are targets for assassination; not only by government agencies but as we learn in Who Killed Malcolm?, your own comrades-in arms.
Wikipedia provides the plot of the documentary –
“The documentary follows the work of Abdur-Rahman Muhammad, a historian and tour guide in Washington, D.C., who for more than 30 years has been investigating the assassination of Malcolm X. In the documentary, convicted assassin Talmadge Hayer states that his four co-conspirators were Benjamin Thomas, Leon Davis, William X, and a man by the name of Wilbur or Kinly, all from the Nation of Islam mosque in Newark.”
What is most remarkable about this documentary, besides Mr. Abdur-Rahman Muhammad’s relentless pursuit of the truth, (for which the he should be commended for with the highest honors the US can and should bestow upon Mr. Muhammad) but how little we as a country knew the whole story. Even I, a rabid fan of the history of the era, was caught, with my mouth hanging, shocked by the amount of information I did not know.
Again, all thanks to Mr. Muhammad. You, sir, are the definition of a true American patriot.
As time distances us from key events of history, such as John Kennedy was a key figure in the civil rights era of the 1960s (He wasn’t. Kennedy steered clear of the hot button issue during his 1960 presidential campaign. Senators Hubert Humphrey and Lyndon Johnson, eventual VP and president, were far more active than Kennedy) it allows us to re-color any event we choose at our whim and leisure. Thus, what appears in our children’s school books, much like in Russia where their “official history” books are approved by Vladimir Putin, in no way resembles the event, as we are to learn from Mr. Muhammad exhaustive 30-year investigation.
Feburary 21, 1965, an uncertain number of men opened fire on the ex-Nation of Islam #2 during a speech he gave in Manhattan to supporters. During the ensuing fracas, one of the assassins, Talmadge Hayer, was immediately detained by police. Two others got away but were later picked up by police.
Mr. Muhammad, not convinced the other two had anything to do with Malcolm X’s murder remain ted dogged in his efforts to find the truth. His investigation discovered a preponderance of the evidence, along with Hayer’s testimony, that the two men arrested with Hayer, had nothing to do with the assassination. As well, evidence quite persuasively suggests that Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad ordered the hit on Malcolm X.
The takeaway from Who Killed Malcolm X? is simple and very relevant to our times. With the Black Lives Matter protesters flooding the streets, demanding change from our government (Yes, our government. We voted them in), we are left with the chaos that the protests create. State and local governments , already suffering budget short falls, and with zero help from our federal government because they gave all of you a tax break instead of spending on our infrastructure, have to foot the bill for police overtime and fixing the damage done by protesters.
In the latter part of the 60s, the same thing happened. The cities went bankrupt dealing with the costs of dealing with the protests. Crime and murder rates skyrocketed.
Conservatives took over all branches of government and the police became above the law. The Ronald Reagans, and George Bushes of the world gave the police free reign because they were “right.”
And what did you do? You stirred up the hornet’s nest.
Nothing got done. Except we got to do 1968 again in 2020