LOUIS FARRAKHAN & THE MALCOLM X KILLERS (1972)

In this horrific (and self-incriminating) 1972 speech, Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Farrakhan celebrates the cold-blooded murder of Malcolm X, glorifies his killers as “fearless men” and ridicules what he refers to as the “cowardice” of the defenceless men, women and children in the Audubon Ballroom who attempted to flee as the assassins bullets ricocheted around the auditorium.

What is peculiar about this diatribe is the ‘FIRST PERSON’ character of Farrakhan’s description of the chaotic manner in which Malcolm’s bodyguards responded to the shooting spree. Farrakhan, who wasn’t present in the Audubon Ballroom, nevertheless provides a vivid account of the mayhem which unfolded during the 21st February 1965 assassination and describes Malcolm’s bodyguards as “damn cowardly dogs” and “damn punks” who were “ducking and running” as bullets flew around the venue.

This strongly suggests to the listener that Farrakhan is relaying a FIRST-HAND account shared with him by someone who personally witnessed the killing – and is doing so in the same DEROGATORY terms in which that account was itself conveyed to him. One possible source of this account could be New Jersey Mosque #25 Fruit of Islam (FOI) lieutenant Agurs Linward X Cathcart (aka Abdul Karriem Muhammad) who witnessed Malcolm’s assassination from a front-row seat in the Ballroom and appears to have later relayed what transpired to Farrakhan in the same disparaging terms in which Farrakhan, in turn, retold it to his audience. Simply put, Louis Farrakhan appears to be describing the assassination of Malcolm X…in Linward X Cathcart’s VERY OWN WORDS.

This is compelling circumstantial evidence that Cathcart, contrary to his repeated denials, was a HOSTILE presence in the Audubon Ballroom that day and was almost certainly acting in league with the assassins of Malcolm X. It also suggests that Farrakhan and Cathcart may have communicated with one another on the day of Malcolm’s assassination.

An even more chilling possibility is that Farrakhan was given an account of the Malcolm X killing by one (or more) of the escaped ASSASSINS themselves: William X Bradley, Leon Davis, Albert Benjamin Thomas or Wilbert McKinney (Talmadge X Hayer was arrested at the Ballroom and is unlikely to have relayed what occurred there to Farrakhan). How else could Farrakhan possibly know that Malcolm’s bodyguards were “ducking and running” like “damn cowardly dogs” and “damn punks” (since no description even remotely resembling the one contained in Farrakhan’s diatribe was provided by any of the eyewitnesses who were interviewed by the news media following the assassination).

Like Farrakhan’s 1993 ‘Saviours Day’ tirade in which he revelled in the NOI’s role in murdering the “traitor” Malcolm X, these sermons clearly demonstrate the depth of Farrakhan’s homicidal animus towards Malcolm and strengthen suspicions that Farrakhan’s personal involvement in the assassination may go far deeper than his previously acknowledged culpability for “creating the atmosphere” that led to Malcolm’s killing.

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21st February 2015 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Malcolm X assassination and we demand that Louis Farrakhan publish all of the NOI’s files and records, in full and without alteration, on the five known assassins of Malcolm X.: William X Bradley, Leon Davis, Talmadge Hayer, Albert Benjamin Thomas and Wilbert McKinney. In addition, we demand that Mr Farrakhan make available to the public all of the NOI’s files and records on former Fruit of Islam (FOI) lieutenant Agurs Linward X Cathcart who has recently emerged as a person of interest where the Malcolm X assassination is concerned. We are also appealing to President Barack Obama to publish all US federal government files and records, without alteration or redaction, relating to the 1965 crime.