Why Malcolm X’s Image As A Separatist Lives On, 50 Years After His Death

By Susanne Cervenka

It wasn’t until years later that Collins, the son of Malcolm’s sister, Ella Little Collins, would learn what his uncle was thinking: “We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock. The rock was landed on us.”

Malcolm X, the African-American nationalist leader and onetime minister of the Nation of Islam who was assassinated 50 years ago Feb. 21, inspired countless people with the frank and uncompromising way he spoke about race relations in America. And much of what he said about the experiences of black Americans remains true today, experts say. Continue reading

In Pasco, Wash., protesters gather daily to keep focus on deadly police shooting of Mexican immigrant

Pasco, Wash., residents, from left foreground to right, Angel Morgan, 5, and his brother Jose Morgan, 6, as well as Alex Gonzalez, 4, and his brother Angel Gonzalez, 8, gather around a candlelit vigil Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in memory of Antonio Zambrano-Montes who was fatally shot by police after a confrontation on Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Tri-City Herald, Sarah Gordon) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL RADIO OUT KONA

The rallying cry in Ferguson, Missouri, was “Hands up, don’t shoot!” In New York, it was “I can’t breathe!” In Pasco these days, the protest signs say things like “It was just a rock!!!”

In a case with unmistakable echoes of Ferguson and New York, demonstrators have gathered every day during the past week in front of City Hall to demand answers in the deadly police shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, a 35-year-old Mexican immigrant and former orchard worker who authorities say was throwing rocks at officers. Continue reading

Malcolm X Knew The Answer To Police Brutality 50 Years Ago

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Fifty years ago to the day, Malcolm X was shot and killed. Some say that the gunmen were egged on by agents of the State as part of the FBI’s COINTELPRO tactics that created and exacerbated rifts among activists.

Whatever the case may be, the man certainly had something to say that the powers that be did not want the people listening to. One topics which he was especially vocal about, both during his Nation of Islam days, as well as after returning from Hajj as a more traditional Muslim, was the issue of police brutality. Continue reading

Hundreds gather to commemorate life and legacy of Malcolm X

Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, speaks about her father and family with a mural depicting their lives behind her Saturday in New York. (Craig Ruttle/AP)

Several hundred people gathered Saturday for a moving series of speeches, poetry, songs and prayer to commemorate the short life and evolving legacy of Malcolm X, who was cut down by a hail of assassins’ bullets a half-century ago.

A series of local elected officials, friends, family members and religious leaders used the event to highlight the remarkable transformation of the former Malcolm Little. In his 39 years, Malcolm went from petty criminal and prisoner to Nation of Islam leader and, finally, to a martyr widely celebrated as one of the nation’s most influential human rights leaders. Continue reading

What Would Malcolm X Think?

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MALCOLM DAUGHTER

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — FIFTY years ago today my father, Malcolm X, was assassinated while speaking at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City. I think about him every day, but even more in the last year, with the renewed spirit of civil rights activism after the tragic events in Ferguson, Mo., on Staten Island and in countless other parts of the country. What would he have to say about it?

People still look to Malcolm as a model for strident activism. They lament the lack of such a prominent, resonant voice in the modern dialogue about race. But they might not like some of the critical things he would have to say about the strategies of today’s activists. Continue reading

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Nominee Allegedly Sent Racist Email

Centre County President Judge Tom Kistler is one of Gov. Wolf’s nominees to fill vacancies on the state Supreme Court. (Courtesy Photo from pennstatelaw.psu.edu)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A White county judge nominated for Pennsylvania’s highest court apparently forwarded a racially insensitive email showing a Black couple talking through glass via a jailhouse phone under the heading, “Merry Christmas from the Johnsons.” Continue reading