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The humanity of Malcolm X in his own words

By PATRICK DELICES | 11/1/2013, 8:33 a.m.
Boyd and Al-Shabazz render valid Malcolm’s mickle esse, intellectualism, socio-political propositions, economic strategy, and perspicacious global discernment without yielding to ...
The daughter of Malcolm X, human rights activist Ilyasah Al-Shabazz

In unveiling The Diary of Malcolm X, the reader earns an unpolluted analysis of Malcolm’s worldview, vision, benevolence, and humanity.

Case in point: numerous dignitaries in Africa warned Malcolm X that his life was in danger. As such, many African leaders offered Malcolm X an opportunity to take refuge in Africa. With purpose, conviction, and valor, Malcolm X stated, “My life will be a small price to pay for such a vision” – a vision for sovereignty, using the philosophy of Pan-Africanism as a vehicle to achieve protective status and sovereign rights for African-Americans “by any means necessary.”

As a diarist, Malcolm logged the material value of engaging African heads of state to bring forth to the United Nations human rights violations against the United States for their mistreatment of African Americans. Moreover, as a diarist, Malcolm observed and logged the potential capacity of the material wealth and power of Africa, and how that material wealth and power can be propitious to African Americans in terms of their fight for sovereignty. Today, Africa is the world’s fastest growing economy and emerging market where material wealth and resources matter, not idealism.

Malcolm X in his diary clearly had the intellectual capacity and theory of the mind to perceive and understand that materialism not idealism builds sovereign nations, people, and institutions. Hence, in idealism, unlike materialism, the philosophical tendency is to perceive your economic, political, and cultural environment as how those particular elements should be not as how those particular elements actually are. Furthermore, in idealism unlike materialism, cognitive dissonance sets in as the mental faculties become fully inactive when one is confronted with the truth, but is easily seduced by the idea of democracy and freedom for all which actually benefits the few who dominates and oppresses the masses.

To this extent, The Diary of Malcolm X succinctly elucidates that a sovereign Pan-African state should be the material vision of African-Americans where matter is primary and accords an African centered consciousness. This material vision as expressed by Malcolm X integrates a system analysis of the economic, political, and cultural reality of the global African community. Thus, the matter that is primary is economics and Malcolm X understood that economics determined the infrastructure of a sovereign people and nation. Malcolm X also understood that politics and culture determined the superstructure of a sovereign people and nation. Accordingly, in a sovereign Pan-African state, African centered ideas along with the socio-economic and political disposition of Africans worldwide will be fortified by investing globally in the development and sustainability of Black owned institutions where the protective status of Blacks is not only mandated, but secured.

If African-Americans are serious about becoming a sovereign people, this very important and valuable book is a must read. For Pan-Africanist, poet, founder, and publisher of Third World Press, Haki Madhubuti, The Diary of Malcolm X is “one of the most important books that we’ve published.” Obviously, what makes The Diary of Malcolm Xextremely important is simply Malcolm’s own words and thoughts, which are prophetic, priceless, and worldly – thus, distinguishably human.

Professor Patrick Delices is a Pan-African scholar who taught the History of Haiti, Caribbean Politics, African-American Politics, and African-Caribbean International Relations at Hunter College and served as a research fellow at Columbia University for the late, Pulitzer Prize historian, Manning Marable. He is working on a book about the global impact of the Haitian Revolution.