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February 21, 2016 (I day after airtime) will mark the 51st anniversary of the assassination of El-Hajj Minister Malcolm Malik Omawale Shabazz, of course, better known as Malcolm X.
On Critical Discourse, we will review the life and death, and our own impressions / experiences with this luminary.
To this day, Minister Malcolm conjures strong, diverse and converse opinions. To some, he was an uncompromising freedom-fighter, whose standards of frankness and staidness, have yet to be met by black leadership.
Others see him as a pivotal figure in Al-Islam in America, while detrators view him as a hypocrite and turncoat.
Muslims focus on his religiousity, while nationalists and socialists, admire his biting "revolution" commentary.
Either way, his words and works, within the Nation of Islam and afterwards, have had an indelible impact on the conscious of untold numbers of peoples, especially those of Afrcan decent.
At this writing (February 15th), I expect a most contentious back-and-forth, regarding the selection of a replacement for the late Jurist/Justice, Antonin Scalia (where it not for my focus on Malcolm X, this would be the primary topic of discussion).
As this represents a possible reversal in the makeup of the Court, "it's on". Republicans, sensing that Obama will nominate one who reflects his [errant] liberal agenda, want to delay the process, until the election of a new president. The Dems, of course, disagree, and Obama has pledged to move forward - he does have a constitutional leg to stand on.