On February 21st 1965 Malcolm X was executed by the then "Black Muslim" organization, now the "Nation of Islam". Elijah Muhammad the head of this sect is widely believe, by those outside of the group, to have ordered this hit after Malcolm X departed from the strict tenets of Muslim beliefs.
After Malcolm X went on his famous Hajj to Mecca he began to grow, and evolve towards a more humanistic view of society. In the Mid-East, and Africa he saw people of all colors within his faith treating each other with respect, and affection.
This clashed profoundly with the "Nation's" insular ethnic/racial values.
He was still a radical for racial justice, but nolonger trusted by the sect. He was changing, growing, evolving. Becoming more, much more than he was when he joined the Black Muslims.
This was perhaps Malcolm X's worst offense against his former mentor Mr. Muhammad, but certainly not the first. In the end his potential as a strong rival from within or a threat from without of the race nationalist movement cost him his life. History can only wonder what Malcolm X could have achieved had he survived.
Malcolm X on his Hajj.
I have personally witnessed that in the decades since his murder only Malcolm's pre-Mecca speeches, and actions are commemorated. The true reasons for his murder glossed over. His more worldly views pushed to the side. Only the angry racialist is honored among too many.
Even responsibility for his killing is shifted to other parties. Some vague conglomeration of local rouge cops, the Mob, and the FBI are to blame.
Mind you none of these groups were remotely sorry to see Malcolm X killed. It is a certainty that they would have eventually done it themselves. It's just by historic chance that the Nation got him first. He was indeed a dangerous man. He had the potential to radically bring people together. Not unlike Dr. Martin Luther King.
Imagine a Malcolm/King alliance.
Such would have been the System's worse nightmare. These men 'had' to die to keep things as they were. You'll note that in the nearly half century since the 1960's political eliminations no other major social reform figures have been assassinated. No need since no one has threatened the status quo as seriously since.
They know better.
The Nation of Islam is main-stream now. They have no interest in changing anything. Nor it seem does anyone else. The system doesn't shoot people that work to foment distrust, and keep people apart. Such movements, and personalities are assured of long untroubled lives.
So it goes.
Humm,..he may have been on to something there.