posted on Jul, 20 2008 @ 04:53 PM
On February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was killed by a shotgun blast at close range as he began a speech at the Audubon Ballroom in New York. On March 10,
1966, three men were convicted of murder in the first degree. One, Talmadge Hayer, a member of the Nation of Islam, confessed he was one of the
gunmen, but insisted that the other two, Thomas 15X Johnson and Norman 3X Butler, were innocent.
The general feeling was that the Nation was behind the killing because Elijah Muhammad, the Nation's leader, had made it publicly known that he
resented Malcolm's defection from the Nation and feared that he would reveal Nation secrets. One damaging secret was the allegation that the Nation
had met with the American Nazi Party and the Ku Klux Klan and accepted money from racist whites - all of whom agreed with the Nation's policy of
racial separation. Another secret was that Elijah Muhammad had fathered numerous "devine babies" with half a dozen teenaged Nation secretaries.
There are other theories about the assassination too. One is that a narcotics cartel, perhaps Chinese, ordered the murder because of Malcolm's fight
against Harlem's drug trade. Another theory implicates the CIA and FBI in the killing. Malcolm was in the process of embarrassing the country by
accusing the U.S. of racism and human rights violations in Third World countries. A variation of this theory is that the government had Malcolm killed
because he was moving away from racial seperation and on the verge of becoming an effective civil rights leader.
The real reasons behind Malcolm's assassination will probably never be known. His killing, like that of JFK, will continue to be a source of
conjecture for years to come...
What do you guys think?