Archive for May, 2011
Had he lived today would have been Malcolm X’s birthday. He is one of my heroes and not just because I was named after him but for the personal growth he had over his lifetime. Growth that let him see in the end we all deserve the same
freedoms, happiness and respect no matter what color we may be.
Malcolm X (May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965), born Malcolm Little and also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, was an African-American Muslim minister, public speaker, and human rights activist. To his admirers, he was a courageous advocate for the rights of African Americans, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans. His detractors accused him of preaching racism, black supremacy, antisemitism, and violence. He has been called one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history and in 1998, Time named The Autobiography of Malcolm X one of the ten most influential nonfiction books of the 20th century.
Malcolm X was born in Omaha, Nebraska. The events of his childhood, including his father’s lessons concerning black pride and self-reliance, and his own experiences concerning race played a significant role in Malcolm X’s adult life. By the time he was thirteen, his father had died and his mother had been committed to a mental hospital. After living in a series of foster homes, Malcolm X became involved in a number of criminal activities in Boston and New York City. In 1946, Malcolm X was sentenced to eight to ten years in prison.
While in prison, Malcolm X became a member of the Nation of Islam, and after his parole in 1952 he became one of the Nation’s leaders and chief spokesmen. For nearly a dozen years he was the public face of the controversial group. Tension between Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammad, head of the Nation of Islam, led to Malcolm X’s quitting the organization in March 1964. He subsequently traveled extensively throughout Africa and the Middle East and founded Muslim Mosque, Inc., a religious organization, and the secular Organization of Afro-American Unity, which advocated Pan-Africanism. Less than a year after he left the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X was assassinated by three members of the group while giving a speech in New York.
The beliefs expressed by Malcolm X changed during his lifetime. As a spokesman for the Nation of Islam he taught black supremacy and deified the leaders of the organization. He also advocated the separation of black and white Americans, which put him at odds with the civil rights movement, which was working towards integration. After he left the Nation of Islam in 1964, Malcolm X became a Sunni Muslim, made the pilgrimage to Mecca and disavowed racism, while remaining a champion of black self-determination, self defense, and human rights. He expressed a willingness to work with civil rights leaders and described his previous position with the Nation of Islam as that of a “zombie”.
I usually find Michael Moore an agreeable guy and absolutely get his humor but I have to disagree a bit with him on this issue. Michael implies that as Americans we have lost our way a bit by celebrating the death of Osama. I myself did not celebrate Osama’s death (because I find the death of anyone sad) but I can certainly understand how others could cheer. There never has been anyone in modern history who has caused so much harm to so many and changed so many lives as Osama Bin Laden. So the feeling of those who wanted to cheer I get. The difference for me is I cannot cheer his death now, right after 9/11 I would have held a parade and cursed his name but as time has passed my anger has subsided and I simply wanted justice. Justice to the men and women who died on 9/11 for no good reason. Also we have to remember a simple fact, Michael Moore makes the argument that we should have brought him in and tried him but there really was no need for a trial. He as admitted over the years through many videos that he was the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks and that if he had the chance again he would commit even more heinous crimes. So as our Navy Seals went in I think there was only one option, throw yourself on the floor and give up or you will die. Osama decided to not comply and paid the price. He was given a burial something the people of my country never got on 9/11. So Michael I agree with you we dont want to stoop to the level of our enemy but umm we would have to stoop really far to get that low!! So just remember that.
Here is how Huffington Post reported the story:
Michael Moore doubled down on his criticism of the killing of Osama bin Laden, telling CNN’s Piers Morgan on Thursday that, while he is glad bin Laden is gone, America “lost something of [its] soul” in killing him without putting him on trial.
Moore first gained attention for calling the killing an “execution” in an interview on Wednesday, and he repeated that charge to Morgan. He also criticized people who went to Ground Zero to celebrate bin Laden’s death.
“I hear a lot of people often say, what would Jesus do?” he said. “I don’t think Jesus would go down to Ground Zero like a lot of people did…and have a party.” Morgan asked him why he took issue with the way bin Laden died. Moore said that the killing deviated from the notion that everyone has a right to a trial:
“We’ve lost something of our soul here in this country…something that separates us from other parts, other countries where we say everybody has their day in court no matter how bad of a person, no matter what piece of scum they are, they have a right to a trial…after World War II, we just didn’t go in and put a bullet to the head of all the top Nazis. We put them on trial.”
He said people who did not want a trial for Bin Laden were “saying that you hate being an American. You hate what we stand for, you hate what our constitution stands for. We stand for something different than that and we’re better than them.”