As a young lady during the sixties, while barely able to speak english (my choice to use a small e) LOL ,i overstood (my choice to use the small letter i) that the color of my skin had the AUDACITY" to crush my HOPE" and cause them to disintegrate, and crash into oblivion.
However that was not to be. Why one may ask?
Because of Al Hajj Malik Al Shabazz. Whom i listened to weekly and sometimes more while living with my family in Harlem during the sixties. You see (most know) Malcolm, was no stranger to Cuba and Cubans, and as a matter of fact many Cubans, like my own Grandfather and others family were also Garveyites, and so were very aware of Malcolms approach to race issues, and also supported him.
As an activist i do know that Malcolm nor Marcus Garvey were racist. Why u may ask..because i listened, bought thier tapes and heard them speak to the people.
I know neither ever taught racism to thier followers, but rather African self determination and love for one another (unity)..As well as Back to Africa
However, i was asked by an s African student recently, i an effort to make himself look good to his peers and to challenge my right to teach law.? if i believed that Malcolm would still hate white people?
No! was my answer and when queried further..My answer left the student at loss for further discussion..(when the student is ready the teacher will appear)
These were my words and my belief.
Number one..Malcolm never hated anyone..he hated thier behaviour
Malcolm, was far too interested in uplifting our people to focus on the colour of any mans skin especially when he already overstood that what needed to change, was not so much the skin hue, but the heart.
Malcolm was wise, attentive and quiet for the most part, and often he would look out at the sea of Africans standing, waiting to hear him talk and smile as if to say..Its gonna be alright..once we learn how to stop begging?
Malcolm had a plan, he overstood that to teach hate/racism as the GOV claimed he did (but never heard it) would be to defeat the purpose.
Malcolm knew that he had the power to do good and lead his people back to sanity, or act in total disregard for the true teachings of Islam and Muslim tenets and cause amerikka to burn be burned to the ground.
Malcolm, loved us so much that he went to his own mountaintop for a discussion with Allah to learn that his power and fate would be at the hands of his people. And in my belief obedience is better than sacrifice.
Malcolm, knew that UNITY was our only way out of the man made cross in the middle of the road.
Malcolm, overstood that as a people we needed the ballot then!
Malcolm, overstood that we needed dollars, and our own businesses and means of self sufficiency.
Malcolm, overstood that we could not, and would not and MUST not depend on any man for our breafast lunch or dinner, our childrens school /school books, teachers, medical doctors, hosp, financial institutions clothing OR OUR RELIGION.
Malcolm, overstood that some of our leaders were weak and hepeless and simple uncles with jobs.
Malcolm also overstood that those some of those same leaders could be transformed as he had, to become activists and leaders prepped to do that LEAD..vs follow
Malcolm knew that he was here on eath for a reason, and in his season he overstood all he had endured in his path to Islam and the service to our people.
No! Malcolm was not a racist, he was a visionary who overstood that what was needed were not pleas to humanity to act as humans , new laws made to be broken, people elected who did nothing but cash a paycheck, another Bill Clinton, who hoodwinked and bamboozled his way out of being impeached, while selling African men to the IPC..and last an African desc pres...OR!! an African President who stood by while the people who needed the most help are being ignored.
Malcolm instead aligned himself with those who he hoped would follow through with his message? He, aligned himself with Islam from its root and moved in the direction of the 5 tenets, with his head held high and his light at 200 watt..Always facing East.
Today, if Malcolm were here, I know what he would be sharing with his people.
PEOPLE, AFRICA FOR AFRICA AT HOME AND ABROAD
I BELIEVE HE WOULD TRAVEL TO CUBA AND FIND A WAY TO WORK WITH THE CUBAN GOV(OR OTHERS) TO GET ON A SHIP! AND IF NOT CUBA..SOMEWHERE, WHERE OUR PEOPLE CAN HAVE THE CHOICE OF DYING A LIVING DEATH IN AMERIKKKA OR LIVING LIFE WITHOUT FEAR OF LIVING IN AFRICA!
Now i welcome all who have thier thoughts and opinions. i am just a woman who never forgets when the teacher appeared
THIS WAS A PART OF THR ORIG BLACK STAR LINE
USS Peoria, a 1430-ton Tacoma class frigate, was built at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. She was accepted by the Navy in July 1944 and briefly placed in service to be ferried to another port for further outfitting. The ship was delivered in October 1944, and on the 15th of that month placed in commission, probably for the purpose of moving her from the Great Lakes area to the Gulf of Mexico. On 2 January 1945, in ceremonies held at Houston, Texas, Tacoma entered full commissioned status, with a crew furnished by the U.S. Coast Guard. After conducting her shakedown in the vicinity of Bermuda, in March she made her only wartime operational voyage, escorting a convoy to Gibraltar and returning to the U.S. with another convoy from Algeria. She was then sent to New England for anti-submarine training service. In May and June 1945 Peoria was modified for duty as a weather station ship, and served in the north Atlantic in that role for the rest of the year and into the next. Decommissioned in May 1946, Peoria was stricken from the Navy Register in June and turned over to the State Department for disposition. She was transferred to Cuba in mid-June 1947. Renamed Antonio Maceo, she was a unit of Cuba's navy until 1975.