JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: MALCOLM X   Leave a comment

JOHN CHUCKMAN
 
POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY DANIEL FINKLESTEIN IN THE TIMES

Daniel, all true but rather beside the point.

Much of what you wrote could be written of other figures, including certainly George Bush.

There is symbolism in historical figures you miss entirely, and Malcolm actually struck fear into the American establishment.

That meant a great deal to blacks at the time, a time that saw the beginnings of the black-power movement.

I remember seeing him in a live interview, and his words sent a chill through you. He was both impressive and frightening at the same time.

That fact is why he has been called by American blacks their black prince.

I am surprised you don’t appreciate that historical figures often do not achieve anything but psychological impact.

Remember, in America, Billy the Kid (a psychopathic killer), John Dillinger (a bank robber), and General Custer (a mass murderer and rotten general) are all historical figures of at least some note.

I could provide quite a list, but those make the point.

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