by Chris Stevenson
In this crazy, messed up world today is a segment of ambiguous land known as Black America. The tenants of Black America are some of the most internally separate group of people possibly in the history of mankind. Black Americans love having separate opinions, they hate even the slightest hint of separatism. Black Americans since 1988 have taken to calling themselves African Americans, many African Americans avoid any conversation about Africa altogether. This is why I often defer to Malcolm. Were I able to Change the unknown X into an actual name, it would begin with F; Focus. Evidently Malcolm had more of this than most of us-white and especially black-could stand.
84-years-ago this week (5/19/25) a black man was born in Omaha Nebraska, only to be shot down as a victim of the same scheming negritude that he often helped convert others away from. Malcolm wasn’t afforded the time or luxury to adopt these funny thought patterns as many of us blacks do today. His father Earl Little wasn’t able to watch and be influenced by all these wonderful reality shows, confrontational talk shows and rap videos your behind loves to watch, no “Maury,” no “Springer,” no Flava, no New York, no “Real Chance of” anything except death. Three of Earl’s brother’s were violently killed by white men (one was officially lynched). Earl himself was a target of the Omaha NE chapter of the Klu-Klux-Klan. Much of this was due to his activities as a local leader of the United Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) and a writer for “Negro World.” Earl was a follower of Marcus Garvey and whereas then-FBI Chief William J. Burns and his successor J. Edgar Hoover’s job description required that they protect the Little’s, they chose instead to protect the Klan by default. The book “Racial Matters: The FBI’s Secret file on Black America 1960-1972” by Kenneth O’Reilly, points this out repeatedly: “Charles J. Bonaparte; nephew of Napoleon III and President Theodore Roosevelt’s attorney general, established a ‘Bureau of Investigation [in 1908].’ (the word ‘Federal’ was added in 1935.) The Bureau’s decision to avoid protecting civil rights and to spy on blacks was more in reaction to directives from the White House and the Justice Department than results of it’s own policy.”
What they did to the Little’s became known as Tracking. Renowned author Karl Evanzz (“The Messenger,” “the Judas Factor”) disclosed this to me as my guest on a Buffalo talk radio show in the early-’90’s. He broke down Malcolm’s words about how black men with leadership potential can be spotted, tracked or incarcerated (or killed): “I witnessed firsthand inside some of the schools in the DC area where young kids who are taught by white teachers are pretty much singled out, particularly the young black males, they are treated differently and it’s very clear when you walk into the classrooms. They are punished more, suspended from school quicker for less important reasons than their white counterparts. So it certainly still goes on and it’s also reflected in the very low number of African American males you have in colleges.” Malcolm experienced this tracking go into full swing when his father was murdered. Plans were immediately implemented to break that family up and they seemed especially fearful of the boys. They didn’t want another “race man” as they called Earl, or race conscious organizer to have to deal with in future decades.
Hoover was sworn-in as director in 1924. In December of that same year the Littles left Nebraska under threat by the KKK (Mrs Louis Little was said to be pregnant with Malcolm during this time), and moved to Milwaukee WI, and a few years later to Lansing MI where their house was eventually set on fire in 1929. In 1931 Earl was eventually murdered by a klan faction known as the Black Legion. Malcolm and his siblings quickly became marked for underachievement no matter how good or bad they did, the most visible evidence of this was the 6th Grade teacher who told Malcolm (in spite of excellent grades) that his dream of becoming a lawyer “wasn’t a realistic goal for a nigger.” Most of you black parents today have your children or grand children’s classmates or friends to scrutinize your kids’ progress and accuse them of “acting white” if they are achieving high marks. As Malcolm grew older, he memorized street numbers while working with gangsters and began targeting white suburbia as a young criminal. He never seemed to waste a lot of time feuding with other blacks. Upon being released from prison 57-years-ago (8/7/52), Malcolm began to defend blacks and indict White America in ways no lawyer had ever dreamt of.
Hoover was so thorough in his racism, that he didn’t like black people who defended other blacks. O’Reilly paraphrases one of Garvey’s memo’s “Hoover attacked Garvey because of the black leader’s all-around ‘pro-negroism,’ and Garvey’s ‘doctrine of the negro for the negro.'” What then was he to think about Malcolm? It’s no different today with a lot of whites in authority positions from police officer to corporate executive, they just use new ways to keep blacks separated from blacks who can defend them. Over the next several decades, ways would be devised by Hoover and his aides and assets to break down this bothersome black unity. Though very simple-minded and not without his own issues, this didn’t prevent him from thinking he had a say so in what amounted to lawful black decisions.
According to “Judas Factor,” Hoover devised a plan to cause a rift between Malcolm and Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad after he learned that Elijah planned to hand his organization over to Malcolm after his death. Soon after, a Judas would be appointed and more self-appointed Judases would arise. Malcolm became a national figure doing just what Hoover hated to see blacks do the most; defend their own. This series of events was initiated when another member of the NOI; Johnson Hinton saw 2 white policemen beating a black man (Reece V. Poe), Hinton ordered them to stop and the officers turned on him. He was brutally beaten detained and blatantly denied medical treatment. This was on 5/14/57, amidst a crowd that was rapidly growing upwards to 3,000 at 7th and 123rd. Malcolm arrived and refused the police request to negotiate, once Hinton was seen, Malcolm demanded medical attention. The angry crowd was dispersed peacefully. A lawsuit was filed and Hinton received a then unheard of $70,000. A major media blitz to pinpoint Malcolm as the racist extremist (as opposed to the two police officers) was underway. Jealous feelings toward Malcolm began to brew.
Malcolm holding a rifle after his home was firebombed-cs
The resentments were based on typical black-on-black (il)logic; jealousy of actually seeing someone-Malcolm in this case-simply doing what he or she was supposed to do. You can’t hide tiresome and trifling black behavior behind a suit and a bow tie for very long. Hoover needn’t intervene here, he just sent someone to spy and fan the flames. Under full watch of the FBI and CIA Malcolm would feud with Muhammad and the NOI years later after the Hinton incident. How different the days must have been for Malcolm than they were for his father. Earl’s leader fought the klan and was trying to start a Back-to-Africa movement, Malcolm’s leader had this growing domestic issue; he was making little clandestine Africans with his rather young “secretaries.”
It’s not that times have gotten better as many are desperate to point out; black President, black Governors, black Mayors notwithstanding, we as African Americans have become worse in so many ways. We’ve gone from being captives to being a captive audience, we don’t produce children with a sense of purpose, we make them just to be here (and it shows), the nation’s police forces have replaced the KKK as the last open hatemongers. They even videotape their brutal acts against blacks and package it as entertainment on YouTube or pose it as a question on shows like Anderson Cooper. But how much is actually done about it? We need the focus of Malcolm. He knew who the real enemy was, even when others were determined to make him their enemy.
When Malcolm was taken from us, the world white supremacist system was already on an anti-black rampage. The intelligence community was already in the affairs of Africa. The Congo had two really good independent pro-black leaders in Patrice Lumumba and Kwame Nkrummah. Both were proponents of a United States of Africa. This very idea was a natural affront to prevailing American thought, it didn’t help Lumumba that his people just won their independence from colonialism and just elected him President. Malcolm and Lumumba were said to have been aware of the other and drew great inspiration from each other. Lumumba was murdered in a plot now documented to have been drawn up by the agency and some typically easy-to-find black turncoats. The CIA also targeted Hispanic leaders of largely black populated nations; Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic and Fidel Castro of Cuba. Castro-like-Lumumba-was just fresh from giving a huge number of white citizens their walking papers. Both the Congo and Cuba had a Soviet-backed missile crises (Cuba’s is of course common knowledge), both leaders sought US aid first only to be turned down. The US used it’s major media to frame this a communist plot. Few knew that Castro’s pro-American predecessor Fulgencio Batista was the one who legalized the communist party while at the same time allowing organized crime, prostitution, gambling etc., to run rampant on that island. Communism never was the issue. Just as it wasn’t the reason the US went to Vietnam.
The CIA and the Mafia officially joined forces to eliminate Malcolm, Lumumba, Trujillo and Castro, only they didn’t have to actually pull the trigger on Malcolm. But it wasn’t coincidental that Malcolm and Lumumba died so violently, two black men with an economic plan for their people in their respective countries irrespective of white approval. The fact that Lumumba’s plan would take place in the original homeland of the blacks, made him a bigger target. Perhaps it wasn’t logical for a black man to want to form an African union. Perhaps it isn’t logical for blacks today to open their eyes and come together against their common enemy; not white people per se, but white supremacy and it’s by-products. Police brutality, racial profiling, a biased judicial system, illegal drugs, gangs, mis-education, underfunded education, and high unemployment. We can’t put all of this burden on the shoulders of President Obama, in the words of brother Malcolm, “today it’s time to stop singing and start swinging.”
Stevenson is a syndicated Columnist who also writes for the Challenger. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org