I reiterate a point I made in a previous update on this book. It is intensely academic almost to its detriment. It is so academic and incisive that II reiterate a point I made in a previous update on this book. It is intensely academic almost to its detriment. It is so academic and incisive that I am disappointed that they did not footnote each section with the sourced material so that we can determine how they drew their conclusions as to what Malcolm would do or say. I also state again that it must be read in the context of Malcolm's other works lest one fail to understand how nuanced and critical Malcolm was and readily capable of integrating new information to craft a new assessment of the problem and necessary solution.
This is the primary problem with this text. Malcolm was constantly shift his strategy. Muslim Mosque Inc. I need an irreligious context. OAAU. I need to broaden my capacity to organize against all manner of oppression. UN. Oppression in a world context. This book takes a snapshot of that Malcolm and creates opinions on post-mortem events based upon his pre-mortem positions. It still makes for a good read. The appendix is a useful dialogue on autocratic and authoritarian leadership amongst African American organizations and how this loss of democratic context creates a similar dissatisfaction to irresponsible authoritarian leadership in Africa and causes the people to eventually gravitate away from these organizations. There is a large section at the beginning of the book on the Islamic concept of jihad and whether or not Malcolm's revolutionary stance constituted such a thing. I found it largely unnecessary towards comprehending the broader concept of Malcolm's philosophy throughout the rest of the text. I skipped over it entirely....more
I consider this work to be a most excellent primer and introduction to the transformative and transforming philosophy of Malcolm X prior to the NationI consider this work to be a most excellent primer and introduction to the transformative and transforming philosophy of Malcolm X prior to the Nation of Islam split. There is an inclination to read this Malcolm as less radical and more peaceful, but I see him as more strategically grounded and solution oriented. This book presents a single lecture given to members of the newly formed OAAU towards the objective of orienting them to the history of the struggle of black people. The excerpts also serve excellently to flesh out parts of his expanding philosophy. The full text of which are to be found by exploring other works in tandem with this one....more
There is a documentary on Malcolm's life that one can occasionally find packaged with some copies of the movie Malcolm X. I consider it the finest docThere is a documentary on Malcolm's life that one can occasionally find packaged with some copies of the movie Malcolm X. I consider it the finest documentary done regarding Malcolm's life because it bypasses narration or peers recounting their relationship or randomly inserted persons raising up how Malcolm affected their lives. All that the documentary includes is a series of speeches, lectures, news clips, and sound bites strung together which trace Malcolm's life from end to end.
This book is a similar summation. Perhaps no finer text exists with a collection of Malcolm's writings that display his ability to grapple with the political and cultural conditions to arrive at new truths. It is sufficient in this world to simply be the stake one's flag in the ground and hold that position until death, but when one can be so public and still allow the world to know that your position has changed upon the arrival of new information; that you might have possibly been wrong and now you are publicly correcting your stance.
This is the signature of a mature human being. One not lost in the leadership role assigned to them, but one whom has transcended and simply recognizes that they are a part of some larger and human and brilliant....more