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Sunday, February 20, 2005

Malcolm


On Febraury 21, 1965 the world lost Malcolm X, a victim of an assassination. I think it is possible that Malcolm may be one of the most misunderstood people of the 20th century, in terms of how he is remembered. He is remembered by most, as a black muslim, preaching seperation of races, and the idea of black power and supremacy. But, as he advanced in life, particulary after his parting with the Nation of Islma, Malcolm came to the realization that that is not the best way to approach life. More so I believe by the end of his life he had realized that we all belong to a common brotherhood of man, that we are all in this life together, and be us black, white, muslim, christian, right or wrong, we must work together to achieve. I often wonder how the rest of Malcolm's life played out, mostly based on the fact that we were never able to witness the fruits of his new school of thought on life, after his seperation with the nation of Islam. I'll leave you with one quote from Malcolm that seems to becoming more of a reality daily.
"I believe that there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those that do the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the systems of exploitation."