It has been more than ten years since I wrote
the article “The Man Behind the X” for Submitters’ Perspective.
Over time, sincere individuals who seek to worship God alone change for
the better. Insincere individuals remain fixed with their “mental
and spiritual feet” in the harden “concrete” of false
ideologies and spiritual beliefs. Millions of people choose not to move
and grow. Malcolm X got out of the “concrete” and invited
others, regardless of color and religion, to do the same. Yet, there will
always be those who prefer the “stability” of firmly planting
their spiritual devotion in distorted religion. This is God’s system.
The need to know what Malik Shabazz and people like him throughout the
world really stand for is critical. God willing, make sure you know the
difference between ‘popularized religion’ and the true worship
A couple of weeks ago, I was driving in my
car and heard a radio announcer commenting about newly released movies.
I could tell by his voice that the announcer was a white American. Joking
about Spike Lee’s new movie “Malcolm X,” he said: “That
one is not for us!” I asked myself (although I knew the answer)
who is “the us” he is referring to? Frankly, I found it quite
interesting to hear someone unwittingly “broadcast” their
group exclusiveness, denial, and fear of the legacy of Malcolm “X”
with such a strong sense that the listening audience was in agreement.
Despite the fact that the man behind the “X” genuinely denounced
all forms of racism near the end of his life, I also hear some African-
Americans espouse hatred of whites in his
name. Regardless of their reasons, it seems that many people currently
cannot see or do not choose to see the man behind the “X.”
But, the “X” is in fashion—on hats, shirts, posters,
mugs, just about anything that can hold impression and sell. But, the
“X” cannot invite you to think and reflect on the man. Although
no holiday has been set aside in his name, the man is and has been a hero
to many minorities in this country and people from third world countries.
There are also whites in America and abroad who recognize his contributions
to the struggle for human rights and freedom for all people.
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