> 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 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.
"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.
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?