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Apr 7 - Malcolm X Was "Gay-for-Pay," New Book Says
 

 

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Before anyone in the lesbian, gay, bis3xual, and transgender communities laud Malcolm X as the new gay icon or castigate him for being a black heteros3xist nationalist on the "down low," we might need to closely examine the recent revelation that for a period in his life Malcolm X engaged in same-s3x relationships.

Also, before any of us in the African American community flatly dismiss these a.ssertions as part and parcel of a racist conspiratorial propaganda machine that is out to discredit our brother Malcolm, we need, at least, to hear these nagging claims.

And this time hear them coming from one of our own -- Manning Marable, a renowned and respected African American historian and social critic from Columbia University.

Sadly, Marable died April 1, just days before the release of his magnum opus, an exhaustive and new 594-page biography Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, on April 4th, which also marks the anniversary of Martin Luther King's a.ssassination in 1968.

His a.ssertions in the book -- deriving from meticulously combing through 6,000 pages of F.B.I. files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, records from the Central Intelligence Agency, State Department and New York district attorney's office, as well as his interviews with members of Malcolm X's inner circle and security team -- leave the reader in shock and awe.

For those of us who always thought Malcolm X's a.ssassination, as with King's, had everything to do with J. Edgar Hoover's F.B.I., we are correct. Marable emphatically states that both the F.B.I. and NYPD had advance knowledge of the a.ssassination plot on Malcolm X's life, and did nothing to abort it.

But what will come as a shock is Marable's a.ssertions that the Malcolm X the world has come to know through Alex Haley's 1965 New York Times bestseller The Autobiography of Malcolm X and Spike Lee's 1992 film Malcolm X, based largely on Haley's book, is fictive. And the spin we have is in part due to Malcolm himself.

In creating an autobiographical narrative that would have his book fly off of the shelves as well as elevate his status to a national -- if not world -- stage, Malcolm X intentionally fabricated, exaggerated, glossed over, and omitted vital facts about his life. One such fact omitted was his same-s3x relationship with a white businessman.

The claim, no doubt, will become a hotly contested topic in sectors of the African American community. With an iconography of racist images of black masculinity ranging from back in the day as Sambos, Uncle Toms, coons, and bucks to gangsta hip-hoppers, Malcolm represented the negation of them.

As a pop-culture hero to young black males of this generation and as the quintessential representation of black manhood of both America's Black Civil Rights and Black Power eras, a gay Malcolm X will be a hard, if not impossible, sell to the African American community.

And here's why:

At Malcolm X's funeral, held at the Faith Temple Church Of God in February 27, 1965, Ossie Davis, renowned African American actor and civil rights activist, delivered the eulogy stating the following:

Harlem has come to bid farewell to one of its brightest hopes. ...Malcolm was our manhood, our living, black manhood! This was his meaning to his people. ...And we will know him then for what he was and is. A prince. Our own black shining prince who didn't hesitate to die because he loved us so.


For a gangsta hip-hop generation Malcolm Little -- before his conversation to the Nation of Islam and name change -- represents for them a lauded hypermasculinity. And their male-dominated musical genre is aesthetically built on the most misogynistic and homophobic strains of Black Nationalism and afrocentricism.

But this claim by Marable, however, of Malcolm's same-s3x relationship is not new. Reports of Malcolm X's queerness were first revealed in Bruce Perry's 1991 biography, Malcolm: The Life of a Man Who Changed Black America.

According to Perry, Malcolm's same-s3x dalliances date back to childhood, where he enjoyed being masturbated or fellated. In his 20s, Perry informs us, Malcolm had a sustained s3xual relationship with a transvestite named Willie Mae, and also he had s3x with gay men for money, boasting he serviced "queers."

I am not heteros3xist apologist, but if the LGBTQ people use this era of Malcolm's life to claim him as gay, we misunderstand the art and survivalism of street hustling culture.

Similarly, if we, as African Americans, use this era of Malcolm's life to dismiss that he engaged in same-s3x relationships, many will miss the opportunity to purge ourselves of homophobic attitudes.

When Malcolm came to Boston to live with his older half-sister, Roxbury's Ella Little Collins, he was 16, having dropped out of school at 15. With no job skills and looking for the most expedient route to acquire money, Malcolm peddled cocaine, broke into homes of Boston's well-to-do, gambled big at poker games, and unabashedly serviced gay men for pay.

While it can be argued that Malcolm's same-s3x encounters were not solely financially motivated, let us also not dismiss that the only evidence we do have is the context in which he was.


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Not surprising. :fruit:
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NEW YORK — Two of Malcolm X's daughters are unhappy that a new biography alleges their parents' marriage was strained and that their mother – and possibly their father – were unfaithful.

The marriage "was definitely faithful and devoted because my father was a man of impeccable integrity, and I think that most people, if they're not clear on anything, they're clear that he was moral and ethical and had impeccable character," Ilyasah Shabazz said Wednesday.

Ilyasah and Malaak Shabazz spoke to The a.ssociated Press about "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention." Author Manning Marable, a highly respected scholar who worked for more than 20 years on the book, died last week of complications of pneumonia just before publication. Malcolm X's daughters did not speak to Marable for the book, which draws upon thousands of interviews, government documents and private papers.

The book has been in the top 10 on Amazon.com's best-seller list, and the print run has been increased from 46,000 to 70,000, according to Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA).

Viking spokeswoman Carolyn Coleburn said the publisher had no comment about the daughters' criticisms.

While both sisters acknowledged they have yet to read the book, they questioned reports about the contents. Marable had intended "Malcolm X" as a tribute to the slain activist's life and influence, but he also wanted to avoid portraying him as "a saint, without the normal contradictions and blemishes that all human beings have," as the historian wrote in the introduction.

Malcolm X was a.ssassinated in 1965. His wife, Betty Shabazz, died in 1997 after one of her grandchildren set fire to her apartment.

The book alleges that parts of "The Autobiography of Malcolm X," a classic released after Malcolm X's death that sold more than 1 million copies, were inaccurate. For instance, Marable questions details of Malcolm X's early life as a criminal, writing that Malcolm likely exaggerated his wrongdoings. Questions about the autobiography's accuracy have been raised for decades, and Marable addresses questions about the book's co-writer, Alex Haley, who many believe left out or softened Malcolm's more radical political views in the last couple of years of his life.

He also looks into Malcolm X's more controversial words and actions, including a meeting with members of the Ku Klux Klan in the early 1960s. At the time, he was a high-ranking member of the Nation of Islam and had discussed with the Klan the possibility of the nation purchasing land for blacks to live on. Malcolm X would later express regret, although Marable still called the meeting "despicable."
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Marable subtitled the book "A Life of Reinvention" in part because Malcolm X acknowledged mistakes and transformed and transcended himself, from street hustler and convict to black separatist of fierce anti-white opinions to political and social activist seeking to work with all races, worldwide. His marriage, however, was widely seen as steady, close and supportive, especially as dramatized by Denzel Washington and Angela Bassett in Spike Lee's movie "Malcolm X." Shabazz herself would remember her years with Malcolm as "hectic, beautiful and unforgettable – the greatest thing in my life."

Malcolm X married Betty Sanders, a nurse and fellow member of the Nation of Islam, in 1958. They had six children. According to the book, the marriage was often tense, in part because of Malcolm's wish to have a traditional, subservient Muslim wife and because he was away so often and his life was often threatened. There were problems of emotional and physical intimacy. Marable includes a letter from Malcolm to Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad that offers a blunt account of their home life, with Malcolm reporting that his wife believed they were "incompatible s3xually." Malcolm also tells Muhammad that Betty had threatened to "seek satisfaction elsewhere."

Marable writes that Betty became involved in 1964 with Charles Kenyatta, a close a.ssociate of Malcolm's. Malcolm, too, may have had affairs, although the evidence is uncertain. He knew of the relationship between his wife and Kenyatta, according to the book, and "the news of infidelity seems to have loosened Malcolm's own marital bonds."

Malaak Shabazz said there "may have been a little bit of stress, like any marriage," but that "there was really no times for shenanigans. She raised the children at home; he worked on a global level."

 7 years ago '04        #4
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 CaliIsActive said:
Crackers and uncle toms will do anything to embarrassed a black icon after he cant speak for himself


where were all these accusations when he was alive?


"Also, before any of us in the African American community flatly dismiss these a.ssertions as part and parcel of a racist conspiratorial propaganda machine that is out to discredit our brother Malcolm, we need, at least, to hear these nagging claims."



Someone clearly didn't even read past the second paragraph!
 7 years ago '04        #5
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Mister Cee is off the hook on this one..........................
 7 years ago '07        #6
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LOL this will be the only book about Black history white people will not give 1 or 2 stars too
 7 years ago '07        #7
Bruce Leeroy 
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I heard this rumor before.
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 Bruce Leeroy said:
I heard this rumor before.
Yea along with Black people started aids.........and the rest
 7 years ago '04        #9
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i heard the nagging claims... what evidence is there though?

pictures?
statements from homos?
movie?
wiretaps?
wrtten notes?

.... what evidence is there?


AND NO IM NOT BUYING OR READING THE fu*kING BOOK
 7 years ago '04        #10
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1st page. :lostit0::lipssealed:
 7 years ago '06        #11
Mintz 12 heat pts12
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pure bullsh*t
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big jeffrey 
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First page
 7 years ago '05        #13
hustlehard365 
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not new its been discussed numerous times before this book came out people said dude was doin gay sh*t when he was detroit red..its just that people are so ignorant and dont really read that they can pass off the news in their book as groundbreaking and people will think that book is special
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 Gordon Gekko said:
But that's not considered racism on here though....
only to people who think like you........but in this case he hit the nail on the head........you do fit into one or 2 of those definitions I'm sure
 04-07-2011, 04:14 PM         #15
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even if he was im pretty sure it was when he was a criminal before he became X


people wanna kicked sh*t on him but X will always be one of the greatest humans that even lived


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 7 years ago '05        #16
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i dont know if this is true or not but if it were it does nothing to change my opinion of him
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P DRILLA 103 heat pts103
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sh*t don't change my respect for him if its true
 04-07-2011, 04:25 PM         #18
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HE GAY! ha
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 carltouss619 said:
Yea along with Black people started aids.........and the rest
Saying black people flat-out started AIDS is very different from saying black people were used (supposedly as part of a greater scheme) to spearhead the propagation of the first AIDS virus, knowingly or not, though - hence the semantics of start.
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 J.R. Hyphy said:
First, I heard this book is good!

I've heard these claims for years now, and whatever he did it does not change my respect for him. I know gay family members and family member who've died from HIV AIDS.


I hate how black people get lumped into things. We are not a monolith, and all are not homophobic. Peace to Malcolm.
^^^^That's real talk!
s3xuality got nothing to do with intelligence, greatness, or family etc...

Someone's orientation or s3xual past should not haunt their character or take away from their accomplishments.

Malcolm X is "Malcolm X."



You can't front that Mister Cee ain't a dope a.ss producer, or that Alexander the Great wasn't down for his...........
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