The Murder of Malcolm X

Authors

  • Jigs Gardner

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-056-09-2005-02_5

Keywords:

Movements

Abstract

By publishing this article, we do not mean to imply endorsement of the view that Malcolm X's actual murderers, the men who wielded the fatal weapons, were politically motivated. On the basis of what little evidence is available, it would seem as reasonable to assume that he was the victim of a vendetta in which the murderers were mere tools. But in a deeper sense, the only sense that has historical meaning, we have no doubt that Malcolm's assassination was a profoundly political event. It was because of his ideas and his politics that he represented a threat to the privileges and vested interests of powerful groups, both white and black. Whatever the immediate pretext, it was certainly this threat in the background which caused his enemies to wish to be rid of him.

Published

2005-02-05

Issue

Section

Reprise

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