_________________________________________ Some 46 years after his assassination, Malcolm X remains a much-revered symbol of transformation and uncompromising Black radical leadership. Yet, with his immense popularity comes equally immense confusion and controversy concerning his significance, evolving political ideology and relevance . . . facts that are underscored because he was killed before he could fully realize his political objectives. Malcolm’s significance arouses hotly contested debate and varied interpretations. Late historian Manning Marable in his controversial biography describes Malcolm X as a combination trickster and hustler figure, who performed several roles in a quest to survive and express himself. According to Marable, “His narrative is a brilliant series of reinventions, … Continue reading UNDERSTANDING THE SIGNIFICANCE OF MALCOLM X

A Word About Voting and Politics

With the United States’ Presidential election now 22 days away, we all hear the common refrain reserved especially for times like this: “Our people fought and died for the right to vote, and we do our ancestors a disservice if we don’t.” If one of us brave souls dares to express skepticism about going to the ballot box we hear the equally common “Well if you don’t vote, you don’t have the right to complain.” Because I believe such statements are misleading, inaccurate, and potentially counterproductive for Blacks and other oppressed people, I’m devoting some time here to address the issue. … Continue reading A Word About Voting and Politics