Malcolm X’s grandson arrested by FBI while traveling to International Political Conference

Malcolm X’s grandson and Muslim civil activist, Malcolm Lateef Shabazz

Malcolm X’s grandson and Muslim civil activist, Malcolm Lateef Shabazz

The grandson of Malcolm X, the firebrand Civil Rights leader, has been arrested by the FBI on the eve of the 38th anniversary of his assassination in 1965. Malcolm Lateef Shabazz was traveling to Iran to attend the annual Hollywoodism International Conference. This is not an endorsement or criticism of the conference or its merits. Nor is this about Shabazz. Shabazz was born to

What is not so curious is that it happened during Black History month, but that nearly all of the articles regarding Malcolm X’ legacies are dominated by the soap opera of their lives. The same is true of Dr. King and all prominent black leaders. The dominant culture, particularly with the proliferation of partisan talk radio has sought at every turn to defame and delegitimize these leaders.

I won’t go into those soap operas, or any issues that might or have been used in the dominant culture media regarding the private lives of these leaders and their families. If you haven’t heard them, and just can’t bear not to know, it’s all out there. But just know that those salacious stories are there only to degrade the legitimacy of black leaders in the community. Far-fetched? Shabazz is a prime example, as article after article dwells on a tragic incident that occurred when Shabazz was 12. Now 29, it becomes a daunting task to find anything that does not use that event as a central or primary theme. Most pieces include a description of his mental health, rendered when he was a child.

Shabazz said in a recent interview:

“People often describe me as troubled. I’m not going to say that I’m not. But I’m not crazy. I have troubles. A lot of us do. But you need to understand where I’m coming from and why I am the way I am. Considering what I’ve been through, it’s a miracle that I’ve been able to hold it together. I’m just trying to find my way. [I’ve read newspaper stories about me that] say, “Experts testify [that boy] is psychotic.” The way they describe me is wrong — bi-polar, depression, pyro, whatever. I know I’m not at all. Some of the things I’ve been through, the average person would have cracked.”

There is a notable lack of interest in the dominant media, particularly for this year’s Black History month. An ample amount is sarcastic, belittling, deeply ignorant and mocking. Or, as I touched on in a previous article, the media offers this all too simple treatment of

Simply the name Black History is, for the white community a non-starter. To many whites, all too separate from the black experience, and robbed of a comprehensive understanding of American history that would properly put black, latino, minority and immigrant contributions to this nation, there is no relevant context to their lives. That is a perception of course, and the line drawn quite purposely between the white community, the black community and other minority communities, and issues of gender as well.

What is the term? Divide and conquer. We are divided because we don’t know one another, and because we succumb to fear in attempting to bridge that gap. From one pasty-neon, ex-redneck white guy, we absolutely need, at the very least a black history month, at least until we correct the gross injustice that creates a nation that separates black history from the heritage we all share.

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W.C. Turck is a Chicago playwright and the author of four widely acclaimed books.His latest is "The Last Man," a prophetic novel of a world ruled by a single corporation. His first novel, "Broken: One Soldier's Unexpected Journey Home," was reccommended by the National Association of Mental Health Institutes. His 2009 Memoir, "Everything for Love" chronicled the genocide in Bosnia and the siege of Sarajevo. His third book "Burn Down the Sky" is published exclusively on Amazon Kindle. It was in Sarajevo at the height of the siege where he met and married his wife, writer and Artist Ana Turck. FOX NEWS, ABC, CBS News, the Chicago Tribune and The Joliet Herald covered their reunion after the war. He helped organized relief into Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. Turck has been a guest on WMAQ-TV, WLS in Chicago, WCPT, WBBM radio, National Public Radio, Best Of the Left and the Thom Hartmann show. He has spoken frequently on Human Rights, Genocide and Nationalism. In 2011, his play in support of the Occupy Movement, "Occupy My Heart-a revolutionary Christmas Carol" recieved national media attention and filled theaters to capacity across Chicago. He remains an activist to the cause of human rights and international peace. View all posts by 900poundgorilla

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