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'Brother Minister: The Martyrdom of Malcolm X'
By Alona Wartofsky
Washington Post Staff Writer
February 17, 1995
.... it is the people interviewed in "Brother Minister" that are most compelling: There's Gene Roberts, an undercover New York City cop who became one of Malcolm X's bodyguards and 30 years later continues to struggle with his conscience; W. Deen Muhammad, who started the chain of events that led to Malcolm X's expulsion from the Nation when he told him in 1963 that his father, Elijah Muhammed, had impregnated six of his secretaries; Charles 37X Kenyatta, who speaks with awkward eloquence as he relates an incident in which he saved Malcolm X from an assassination attempt, only to be told by his friend that because he was carrying a gun he had "lost his faith."
Three black Muslims went to jail for Malcolm X's murder, but as with the John F. Kennedy assassination, conspiracy theories have raged over time. "I do not believe the jealous idiots within the Nation of Islam had the intellectual capacity to understand the depth of a Malcolm X," says one of the film's historians. "Their hands may have killed him, but the direction of their hands, the intent, came from outside."
That outside influence was, according to the film -- and to "Unraveling the Assassination of Malcolm X" author Baba Zak A. Kondo -- the FBI. That assertion is contradicted by "Brother Minister's" bombshell, though: footage from a 1993 speech by Farrakhan in which he seems to acknowledge the Nation's responsibility. "Did you teach Malcolm? . . . Did you clean up Malcolm? . . . Was Malcolm your traitor or ours?" he asks rhetorically. "And if we dealt with him like a nation deals with a traitor, what the hell business is it of yours?"
Whatever Malcolm X's killers wanted to achieve, his old friend Benjamin 2X Karim suggests at one point, they appear to have failed. "Look where he is now," Karim says, explaining that the martyred Malcolm X is a towering figure comparable to the Buddha. "So who won?"
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