February 20, 2010

Malcolm X death threats, firebomb

In 1965, after Malcolm X had converted to orthodox Islam and greatly expanded his vision beyond Elijah Muhammad's teachings, he was suddenly perceived as a greater threat than ever, both by the Nation of Islam he left behind, and by those in America who felt threatened by his expanding and even clearer anti racist message.

This tense environment caused incredible strain on his family, and led up to a firebomb attack of his home amidst a constant stream of death threats, and throughout it all Malcolm X and his family felt unable to trust the police or the government to protect them. And if you study the history there was good reason for that suspicion. Tragically is was barely a week after the firebombing Malcolm was murdered at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem. But his legacy still lives on.

Malcolm X death threats, firebomb

Malcolm X emphasized the parallels between the African-American struggle for equality and the Asian, Latino, and African campaigns against European colonialism. Malcolm X also drew attention for criticizing the growing U.S. military involvement in Vietnam.
Upon Malcolm X's return to the United States in November 1964, death threats escalated against him and his family. in the early morning hours of February 14, 1965, his home in Elmhurst, Queens, was firebombed.

Malcolm X death threats, firebomb

Posted at February 20, 2010 4:42 AM