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Hiding the ‘White Devil’: The Whitewashing of Malcolm X’s Legacy and its Racial Hypocrisy

Dead white men can’t catch a break these days. Not even The Great Emancipator himself, Abraham Lincoln.


Black people used to have a picture of this guy on their walls, right next to Jesus, but today it’s very fashionable for preeminent black intellectuals to trash Honest Abe. New York Times columnist Charles Blow is fond of calling Lincoln a ‘white supremacist’, as if he were David Duke. People like Charles Blow can’t tell the difference, and that’s very sad.


Motivated by the pernicious doctrine of ‘institutional racism’, they dig through every word this guy ever wrote or said with a fine toothed comb, and if they find one phrase that does match their standards of political correctness, they smear Honest Abe as a racist. This is character assassination. He didn’t support the agenda of Thaddeus Stevens and the Radical Republicans with enough enthusiasm, and consequently The Great Emancipator is considered a bigot by today’s black intellectual elite. This is what goes by the appellation ‘woke’ today. It’s a tough time to be an American.


These same people turn around and celebrate Malcolm X as if he were some kind of righteous freedom fighter. In my book, a person who makes their living by spreading deeply racist and divisive doctrines, and hustles poor black people out of their money, by tricking them into thinking that he and Elijah Muhammad are going to found a separate black country sometime soon, is a con-man. Malcolm Little never stopped being a hustler. Effectively, Malcolm X was a yes-man to a loony black cult leader, who exploited black alienation in the ghettos, in order to set himself as some kind of Prince of slaves.


The Malcolm X presented today is a product of decades of accumulated Black Power propaganda that has attempted to separate the American public’s perception of Malcolm X from the reality of his propagation of the doctrine of ‘the white Devil’. In fact, no one ever spread this racist doctrine more effectively in life and in death, with the popularity of his Autobiography. He was dedicated to fighting white racism with black racism. In the end, he suffered the fate of the modern day bad Field Negro that he celebrates so much in his Parables and Autobiography: prison and violent death by black men.


This attempt at a wholesale whitewashing of the ‘white Devil’ from the American public’s perception of Malcolm X is no where more true than the Atlantic’s latest addition of race propaganda, from its celebrated stable of black intellectuals: ‘Beyond the Myth of Malcolm X’. This essay should have been titled ‘promoting the myth of Malcolm X’, because the ‘noble lie’ of today’s Black Power propaganda is in full force. An entire personal story about the lifetime love affair this black intellectual has had with this racist demagogue, and not one mention of the phrase: ‘white Devil’. It’s all charming stories about his tough childhood, etc. What if The Federalist or the National Review wrote a similar fluff piece about David Duke? David Duke’s tough childhood. How he got beat up by a gang of black kids in the schoolyard, and from that day on he knew his destiny was to be a ‘white freedom fighter’. Because that’s really what Malcolm X represents in my mind: a black David Duke. These people think Honest Abe is like David Duke, but it’s really their hero who represents black David Duke, Malcolm X. They have the same racist philosophy basically. One thinks the white man is God, and the other thinks the black man is God. Otherwise, it’s quite similar.


This really demonstrates how decades of indoctrination in racist philosophies like ‘institutional racism’ has distorted the perception of today’s black intellectuals. They view Malcolm X as someone who ‘fights racism’, when in fact he is clearly someone who spread racism. They view Abraham Lincoln as a racist, when he is clearly someone who judges people by their character, worked successfully to abolish slavery, and was assassinated because of it. Honest Abe is a martyr. Malcolm X was murdered in a power struggle within the Nation of Islam. It’s not quite the same thing. Yet these people have spun it so many black people actually believe that Malcolm X was a martyr to ‘black freedom’. The only thing that Malcolm X was a martyr to was Elijah Muhammad’s soaring ambition, and that’s about it.


The sad truth is that many black Americans are attracted by racist philosophies, because they believe that adopting a racist philosophy will help them cope with, protect them from, or fight against ‘white racism’ in some way. This is what attracts some black people to Malcolm X or Louis Farrakhan. Undoubtedly, this tendency arises out of the circumstances of the black American historical social condition, but it should never be excused nor propagated by white liberals. But this is what today’s liberal media outlets like the Atlantic do, and their choice of material, such as this fluff piece on Malcolm X, or the New York Times, 1619 Project (a history written to ‘prove’ institutional racism) are perfect examples. This is the only black point-of-view they propagate. This is what they present as the so-called ‘black gaze’, which Toni Morrison claimed existed. And if you believe people like Ta-Nehisi Coates, Charles Blow, or Kerri Greenidge, this ‘black gaze’ views Abe Lincoln as a racist like David Duke, and Malcolm X as a freedom fighter who crusades against racism.


Muhammad Ali gets the same whitewashing. He is celebrated as a man of conviction for refusing to submit to the military draft, just like every other American male his age. But what are those convictions that made Ali a conscientious objector? The same as Malcolm X, because they have the same teacher: the white man is the Devil. Ali is celebrated for his great conviction that the white man is the Devil, and the black man is God. What a guy.


I think it’s time to put this notion of a ‘black gaze’ to rest, because this looks more like black delusion. Sorry, Toni Morrison.



Il Trovatore (Aristarchus Patrinos); October 17, 2020; ~1000 words




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