Accuracy in Media

Peter Jennings, anchor of ABC?s World News Tonight, called him “one of the most provocative black nationalist leaders” and a “symbol of black self-respect.” Jennings is talking about Malcolm X, who is being honored through the release of a special stamp in his honor. At a ceremony sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service, black actor Ossie Davis was shown saying that the issuance of the stamp was a “stamp of approval” for Malcolm X.

The truth is that Malcolm X was a black racist. Jennings and much of the rest of the media refused to tell the truth about him, probably because many ordinary Americans out in the viewing audience would have taken great offense and might have contacted their elected representatives in protest. There is still time to make your voices heard. Honoring Malcolm X in this manner is comparable to issuing a stamp in honor of David Duke, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan.

Both Malcolm X and David Duke are – or were – racial separatists. Why is one honored and the other ostracized? Malcolm X, who was a member of what became Louis Farrakhan?s Nation of Islam, was dedicated to the establishment of a separate black state in America itself. He figured this would amount to one-seventh of U.S. territory. This is still the official platform of the Nation of Islam.

In a press release, the Postal Service said that Mr. X “is recognized world-wide as one of the most charismatic and pivotal figures in American history. He not only helped define the debate on race relations but stood as a symbol of strength and the power of self-determination.” Actually, Malcolm X was a racist who hated white people. “We want no part of integration with this wicked race of devils,” is one of his milder remarks. If whites had studied their own history, he once said, “they would be anti-white themselves.” He also stated, “Thoughtful white people know they are inferior to black people.”

Years ago, when Malcolm X heard that 120 white people had been killed in an air crash, he said it was “good news” brought by Allah. His original last name was “Little.” He replaced it with “X” because “Little” was a Christian name given to his family by white slave-masters. Later, he changed it to “Shabazz.” An ex-convict, he described himself as the offspring of a rape of his own mother by a white man. “I hate every drop of white blood in me,” he said. Do we have to pander to the most radical blacks to show our “sensitivity” to the fact that they were historically abused? What?s next – Black Panthers on stamps? What about black Communist Angela Davis? Or what about Farrakhan himself?

Peter Jennings was right in saying he was “provocative.” But so is David Duke. Malcolm X may have had great respect for himself, but he was a hater of white people. The next time that Jennings and his colleagues go into great detail about David Duke?s horrible background, remind them of the whitewash they engineered of Malcolm X.

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