Maslcom X? Just like MLK, the legacy has evolved (or more accurately, "has been perverted") into something that he wasn't in order to recruit for those intent on violence.
Hard to give extra respect to those who, upon being released from slavery, went to work for those same masters to kill others they thought were below them. Who? The Buffalo Soldiers.
The way i see it is there's two things we need to understand. One, Black folks (like any other group that colonialism and neocolonialism mark for scapegoating, etc.) were put "Between A Rock and A Hard Place." Either they aide the settler agenda, or they don't survive.
You think there's a grey area on that one? Please share.
Two, many fellow human beings called 'Black' have been as stupidized as many 'White' folks (and other meta slaves of the settler program). They have thus been "easy" to manipulate in order to help divide up and block any serious challenge to the hegemony of the settler/colonial-neocolonial program. They have been "easy" because they have been warred on so long and so openly (and covertly). They have become easy
to use like this.
This is the price they have had to pay to survive.
Same with every other relatively (and greatly) weakened group faced with oppression and attack (in myriad forms). Either they "assimilate" and Learn To Do The Bidding of neocolonial imperatives (i.e. Become a Capitalist), or they find themselves under the kind of attack that the Black Panthers found themselves under.
Many in the black communities still celebrate that group of mercenaries, one of their famous gospel groups took on the name "The Buffalo Soldiers" ... No thanks, I want no part of those of their members who advocate violence as they will just as quickly turn on you and I.
Again, this just points to how 'Black' fellow human beings have been systematically stupidized (in order to survive the stupidity-warfare directed at them). Now, many (in the middle/specialized classes?) are Just Like White Folks, and are thus spared The Worst.
So they're just like all the so-called "patriots" of Misery Loves Company.
But there's also something else going down that we're not to think about. That's in how the real propagandists (those with the resources and connections to get their ideas out to huge audiences) utilize these difficulties to serve "their" agenda (not really and truly theirs, but still "theirs", heh). Once again, to keep us all as divided and fighting amongst ourselves As Much As Possible.
Just MY OPINION, but I have read some Malcolm X's writings and came away with a different take on the man. He & Dr. King are no longer here, but folks sure love to put words in their mouths and claim things that have no root in fact.
Yes. And Malcolm was put on the defensive (as a militant human being) and look at which media take that kind of thing completely out of context and perpetuate our differences rather than our commonalities.
Anyway, thanks for the exercise!