The Black Oswalds

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“THE BLACK OSWALDS” | As author Karl Evanzz wrote: “The (Abraham) Zapruder film shows the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, but doesn’t show the assassin (Lee Harvey Oswald). The Black Zapruder film doesn’t show the assassination of Malcolm X, but it shows the assassins…” – 6 March 2014

For the first time in 50 years, 16mm film footage shot outside the Audubon Ballroom in the immediate aftermath of the Malcolm X assassination records TWO of the five “Black Oswalds” from Muhammad’s Mosque #25 of New Jersey as one of them, Talmadge X Hayer (aka Mujahid Abdul Halim), is being assaulted by an angry mob while his accomplice, the shotgun assassin William X Bradley (aka Al-Mustafa Shabazz), makes a violent attempt to FREE him from its clutches.

Both of these murderers of Malcolm X are alive and well in 2015: Bradley resides in New Jersey and works as the proprietor of the First Class Championship Development Centre gymnasium located at 936 Bergen Street in Newark – and Hayer (who served 44 years in prison for the Malcolm X assassination) was paroled in 2010 and lives at an undisclosed location in the New York area.

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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.

We are also appealing to President Barack Obama to publish all FBI, CIA and NYPD-BOSSI files and records, without alteration or redaction, relating to the 1965 crime.

We call upon YOU to support this effort by taking the #MalcolmXChallenge, nominating your Friends and signing the Malcolm X Petition.

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Norfolk Prison Colony

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“…I can remember accurately the very first set of books that really impressed me. I have since bought that set of books and have it home for my children to read as they grow up. It’s called Wonders of the World. It’s full of pictures of archaeological finds, statues that depict, usually, non-European people.

I found books like Will Durant’s Story of Civilization. I read H.G. Wells’ Outline of History. Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois gave me a glimpse into the black people’s history before they came to this country. Carter G. Woodson’s Negro History opened my eyes about empires before the black slave was brought to the United States, and the early Negro struggles for freedom. J.A. Rogers’ three volumes of Sex and Race told about race-mixing before Christ’s time; about Aesop being a black man who told fables; about Egypt’s Pharaohs; about the great Coptic Christian Empires; about Ethiopia, the earth’s oldest continuous black civilization, as China is the oldest continuous civilization.

Mr. Muhammad’s teaching about how the white man had been created led me to Findings In Genetics by Gregor Mendel. (The dictionary’s ‘G’ section was where I had learned what “genetics” meant.) I really studied this book by the Austrian monk. Reading it over and over, especially certain sections, helped me to understand that if you started with a black man, a white man could be produced; but starting with a white man, you never could produce a black man ~ because the white chromosome is recessive. And since no one disputes that there was but one Original Man, the conclusion is clear…

…Books like the one by Frederick Olmstead opened my eyes to the horrors suffered when the slave was landed in the United States. The European woman, Fannie Kimball, who had married a Southern white slave owner, described how human beings were degraded. Of course I read Uncle Tom’s Cabin. In fact, I believe that’s the only novel I have ever read since I started serious reading…

…I read Herodotus, “the father of History”, or rather, I read about him. And I read the histories of various nations, which opened my eyes gradually, then wider and wider, to how the whole world’s white men had indeed acted like devils, pillaging and raping and bleeding and draining the whole world’s non-white people. I remember, for instance, books such as Will Durant’s story of the struggle to drive the British out of India…

…When I discovered philosophy, I tried to touch all the landmarks of philosophical development. Gradually, I read most of the old philosophers, Occidental and Oriental. The Oriental philosophers were the ones I came to prefer; finally, my impression was that most Occidental philosophy had largely been borrowed from the Oriental thinkers. Socrates, for instance, travelled in Egypt. Some sources even say that Socrates was initiated into some of the Egyptian mysteries. Obviously Socrates got some of his wisdom among the East’s wise men…

…Schopenhauer, Kant, Nietzsche, naturally, I read all of those. I don’t respect them; I am just trying to remember some of those whose theories I soaked up in those years. These three, it’s said, laid the groundwork on which the Fascist and Nazi philosophy was built. I don’t respect them because it seems to me that most of their time was spent arguing about things that are not really important. They remind me of so many of the Negro “intellectuals”, so-called, with whom I have come in contact ~ they are always arguing about something useless.

Spinoza impressed me for a while when I found out that he was black. A black Spanish Jew. The Jews excommunicated him because he advocated a pantheistic doctrine, something like the “allness of God”, or “God in everything”. The Jews read their burial services for Spinoza, meaning that he was dead as far as they were concerned; his family was run out of Spain, they ended up in Holland, I think.

I’ll tell you something. The whole stream of Western philosophy has now wound up in a cul-de-sac. The white man has perpetrated upon himself, as well as upon the black man, so gigantic a fraud that he has put himself into a crack. He did it through his elaborate, neurotic necessity to hide the black man’s true role in history…”

~ The Autobiography of Malcolm X
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I was thumbing through the dictionary for some definition when it suddenly struck me:
If, as Malcolm X claims on pages 266-7 of his Autobiography, he hand-copied out the contents of an entire dictionary (as part of his effort to improve his penmanship whilst serving a 1946-52 prison sentence for burglary) this would mean that he not only wrote down every single known word (and its meaning) in the English language but every single thing that exists in the World and for which there is an English dictionary definition. He thus encountered almost everything that is humanly knowable and proceeded to systematize that data in a form that would later serve as the basis of his post-prison sermons in the service of Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam. And to think that this only marked the beginning of his prison studies…
In transcribing, by hand, the contents of an entire dictionary Malcolm X is responsible for performing one of the most stupefying scholastic feats in human history. 
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The Curse of Ham

Louis Farrakhan DEFENDS the ‘Curse of Ham’ | The mind boggles as one listens to Louis Farrakhan’s depraved and self-hating outpourings. In this video, Farrakhan cites the doctrines of Elijah Muhammad in order to disparage the racial features of African people by claiming that those features are a ‘disfigurement’ brought on by their ‘rebellion against God’. The irony of this sermon is that Farrakhan is validating the very ‘Hamitic Myth’ which he often cites in his denunciations of Jews – a people whom Farrakhan accuses of formulating the very same pseudo-theological and pseudo-scientific fables about ‘Blackness’ which, on the evidence of this video, he himself subscribes to.

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#JeSuisMalcolmX

#JeSuisMalcolmX | “Up in French Indochina, those little peasants, rice-growers, took on the might of the French army and ran all the Frenchmen….you remember Dien Bien Phu! The same thing happened in Algeria, in Africa. They didn’t have anything but a rifle. The French had all these highly mechanized instruments of warfare. But they put some guerrilla action on ‘im…”Malcolm X, ‘The Ballot or the Bullet’ (1964)

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Inter Omnes Unus Excellat

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Malcolm X, while ridiculing the pacifist tactics of the civil rights clergy in his legendary 1963 ‘Message to the Grassroots’ address, displayed his unmatched ability to take his rhetoric to the point of an obscenity – “if it’s a shame to (Rev. Albert Cleage) you KNOW what it is to me!” – and then circumlocute it with an oratorical finesse which implied it so forcibly as to erupt his audience into wild laughter and applause at the adroitness with which it was side-stepped. The sheer panache with which Malcolm got the expletive to project itself into the imaginations of his audience reposed in the way in which he deftly crafted the reasoning of his argument as it raced all the rhetorical way to the razor’s edge of indecency and, at the very last moment, was yanked back with a prowess and force that conveyed itself into the mind of the listener without his ever needing to utter it. Malcolm possessed a command of the English language that endowed his oratorical repertoire with the range and flexibility to suggest, imply, hint at or otherwise circumnavigate any expletive in a manner that embedded it in the listener’s psyche with greater explosive force than if it had actually been verbalised.

In his uncanny ability to ‘swear’ without his ever once resorting to any swear words, Malcolm X provides the exemplar in whose lexical footsteps our youth should tread for, in their repetitive spewing of Oedipal and other obscenities, these youngsters (and the Hip Hop artists they ape) have ‘gangsta-rapped’ themselves into a rhetorical brick wall and, with nowhere else to go, must now evolve an ‘inverse lexicon’ i.e. one which involves the implyinghinting at or veiled suggestion of what they now make explicit. Malcolm X was a man whose every word counted. He could thread each word through the eye of a needle with not a one of them idled nor a syllable wasted. A rap artist who can suggest the Oedipal Expletive (motherf****r) without its ever needing to escape his mouth should be the one to wear the crown. Not the microphone-wielding imbecile who bears the most bullet scars and relates how he avenged them in the most lurid and obscene minutiae. The pedigree of a rap recording should be judged on the artist’s ability to intimate or imply the most obscene expressions without their ever uttering them and will necessitate the augmentation of the artist’s terminological and imaginative vocabulary, and the creative elasticity with which it is exercised, in ways most presently can’t even begin to fathom.

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The Resurrection and the Life

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Chapter 11 of the Autobiography of Malcolm X contains the entire book’s single most significant account and easily the most important occurrence in the man’s life. It unfurls on pages 282, 283 and 285 of a chapter titled ‘Saved’ and features Malcolm’s description of a supernatural visitation, whilst locked away in his Norfolk Prison cell, by a man whom he came to believe was none other than the Messiah himself: Master W.D. Fard.

Malcolm’s words: “It was the next night, as I lay on my bed, I suddenly, with a start, became aware of a man sitting beside me in my chair. He had on a dark suit, I remember. I could see him as plainly as I see anyone I look at. He wasn’t Black, and he wasn’t white. He was light-brown-skinned, an Asiatic cast of countenance, and he had oily black hair. I looked right into his face. I didn’t get frightened. I knew I wasn’t dreaming. I couldn’t move, I didn’t speak, and he didn’t. I couldn’t place him racially – other than that I knew he was a non-European. I had no idea whatsoever who he was. He just sat there. Then, suddenly as he had come, he was gone…..

It’s impossible to dream, or to see, or to have a vision of someone whom you never have seen before – and to see him exactly as he is. To see someone, and to see him exactly as he looks, is to have a pre-vision. I would later come to believe that my pre-vision was of Master W.D. Fard, the Messiah, the one whom Elijah Muhammad said had appointed him – Elijah Muhammad – as His Last Messenger to the Black people of North America…”

What you’ve just read is manifestly the single most significant thing Malcolm says in his entire Autobiography and yet it is the one account least studied or remarked upon by those who presume themselves to be ‘scholars’ and ‘experts’ on his life. The meaning of this account is plain enough: In appearing to an imprisoned Malcolm in the miraculous fashion in which Fard did this mysterious visitor was conferring on the convict a special status and assignment. That being: Malcolm X was to be the ‘Messenger of Allah’ whom Elijah Muhammad had mistaken himself to be. Malcolm X – not Elijah Muhammad – was Fard’s Last Emissary to this world.

Even more importantly it signifies that in murdering Malcolm X, his assassins committed a sin of such magnitude as to merit a penalty whose severity cannot be quantified in human terms.

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Concerning Cassius

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THIS NEEDS TO BE STATED UPFRONT: Not for a moment would we dare suggest that former world heavyweight boxing champion (and one-time Nation of Islam member) Muhammad Ali was an active participant in the 21st February 1965 assassination of Malcolm X. Perish the thought.

However…

Evidence has emerged of the close personal relationship which Ali enjoyed with at least one of Malcolm’s would-be assassins, Clarence 2X Gill. Gill, who served as one of Ali’s bodyguards and close confidants, was a Fruit of Islam (FOI) captain at Louis Farrakhan’s Boston Mosque #11 and is suspected of having been part of a ‘back-up’ hit team at the Audubon Ballroom on the occasion of Malcolm’s assassination. Gill was reportedly shot by one of Malcolm’s bodyguards (Reuben Francis) while attempting to flee the venue and may have later received treatment for his wounds at Ali’s Miami training camp – quite possibly from Ali’s very own fight doctor.

Gill, a cocaine addict, was an especially psychotic and homicidal character and was implicated by Malcolm himself in an assassination attempt that was to have been carried out in league with fellow Massachusetts captain of Springfield Mosque #13, John X Peters. Both Gill and Peters had camped out in the New York home of Farrakhan’s half-brother, Alvan X Walcott, ahead of the attack. Walcott, in turn, is widely believed to have participated in the 14th February 1965 arson attack on Malcolm’s home along with Norman 3X Butler, Thomas 15X Johnson and the vicious captain of Harlem’s Mosque #7, Joseph X Gravitt. Phew.

In the event of any new investigation into Malcolm’s assassination, Ali may be required (his illness permitting) to testify as to whether Gill ever engaged in any discussions about the killing of Malcolm X in his presence. Ali may also be in a position to account for the whereabouts of Gill in the days following Malcolm’s assassination. Long-standing suspicions that members of the NOI’s Miami Mosque led by Abdul Rahman Muhammad (aka ‘Captain Sam’, who was a member of Elijah Muhammad’s personal ‘Honor Guard’ and captain of Muhammad’s Mosque #29 under Minister Lucius Beyah Muhammad) may have played a role in the harbouring of Gill would be something Ali may be in a position to address.

The horrifying prospect that so revered and beloved a figure as Ali may have played an indirect role in the assassination of Malcolm X by providing refuge to a vile thug like Gill in the full knowledge of his complicity in an attempt on Malcolm’s life would be a tragic coda to what has been an otherwise glittering career.

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#MalcolmXChallenge – Day 3

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CONCERNING THE #MALCOLMXCHALLENGE: I appreciate that not everybody is comfortable posting photos of THEMSELVES on Facebook and, frankly, they shouldn’t have to. As an alternative, how about if you post a photo of your favourite (or least favourite) BOOK about Malcolm X and nominate your Facebook friends to do the same? So here is one of my favourites: Peter Goldman’s ‘Death and Life of Malcolm X’. This was one of the first books I read on Malcolm X and I found it pleasantly surprising that a white writer (Goldman) could write so ‘knowingly’ about a black icon and his world in ways to which I didn’t imagine any white person had ‘access’.

Well, I was wrong.

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