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The Missing Malcolm X (2018) (bostonreview.net)
70 points by samclemens 4 days ago | hide | past | favorite | 13 comments





> The primary vehicle of canonization in Malcolm’s case has been The Autobiography of Malcolm X

I wish this were true. Yes the autobiography is really influential, but for a lot of people (esp older generation) Malcolm is still defined by his nation of Islam days, his "angry" days, which make it easy to put him in some sort of "angry black man" box... His later thinking is much different, and the autobiography does reflect that (though it looks like there was more that was left out).

RIP Malcolm. A man willing to fight for what's right, willing to speak up, willing to evolve his thinking over time. Not many modern leaders are willing to take such risks.

And he was such a brilliant speaker. He is missed.


Of all the things that struck me about the man, the most impactful was his self-awareness to say "I was wrong" multiple times in major ways. Even after believing with fervor many of us will never approach.

I've tried to make that a guiding principle of my life too: divorce belief and ego.

Belief drives us to push through hard tasks, but ego corrupts and holds onto belief even when facts dictate it should be reevaluated.


"The polls are one place where every black man could fight the black man’s cause with dignity, and with the power and the tools that the white man understands, and respects, and fears, and cooperates with." from the Autobiography

An interesting revisit on the making (and omissions) of "The Autobiography of Malcolm X". An incredible book that I've been meaning to read again since I first read it in my teens.

An incredible book indeed. I remember reading it initially out of curiosity to know who this historic figure was and after finishing feeling like my eyes were opened to the reality of the world around us. As a person of color who didn't think too much about racial justice previously, it woke me up to injustices that I did not notice before.

I should read it again as well.


"The rediscovered material reminds us that Malcolm sought a politics that was collective, and not solely reliant on his—or anyone’s—leadership"

This is what a true leader does, too many leaders start off right but become victims of their own success. The few who can transcend their own success, know that they cannot make the movement about them, it will collapse like a pack of cards if they are not around. Unfortunately we all believe too much in the hero myth - the hero as savior, when there is one deep inside, probably too fearful to come out.


They tried to silence him over 50 years ago but his voice still carries.

The world is a better, more interesting place when we try to see people for who they are in the wake of the forces that shaped them, instead of judging people for how much they are like our ideals.

Why? Because we like to be surprised on the upside, and there is rarely an upside to judging people on how they live up to our own ideals.

Why? Because we each come from different places, all of which are invisible to us, yet have the same name, just to confuse and mislead us. Home.


For any interested a new book about him came out a few months ago called The Dead are Arising. Very well researched

There is also the Amazon treatment of the play One Night in Miami where Malcolm, Muhammad Ali, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown meet in Malcolm’s motel room

The chapter was seized from Rosa Parks' lawyer (follow the link in the article, crazy story), because it should be public domain...so where's the pdf? Am I missing something here? Why can't we read the chapter?

I’d like to read the material they’re speaking of, but only saw snippets. Where do I get it?

Is there any transcript available of the chapter that was acquired by the Schomburg Center?

As a branch affiliate of the New York Public Library I would think there should be some way to read it outside of submitting a cardholder request to view the hard copy.




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