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Malcolm X’s grandson pooh-poohs new biography

Throwing a book at the book, “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention,” Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X, is unimpressed with Manning Marable’s hefty tome written about his world famous relative. by Nayaba Arinde
NNPA News Service

NEW YORK – Throwing a book at the book, “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention,” Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X, is unimpressed with Manning Marable’s hefty tome written about his world famous relative.

 
 Malcolm Shabazz

Marable’s book stirred up a virtual hornet’s nest when he noted that although there was no evidence, there was a rumor Malcolm X was involved in homosexual acts during the years he hustled on the streets before gaining knowledge of self. Marable went further and mentioned talk of infidelity by both Malcolm and his wife, Betty.

“The rapper M1 stated that we are all human beings, and as human beings, we do have flaws and contradictions, but we can’t apply homosexuality to my grandfather,” Shabazz told the New York Amsterdam News.

“Homosexuality is against human nature. This is an assassination of his character. Slander. There is no evidence, no facts. They put these claims out there to sell books and to discredit him.”

May 19 would have been the 86th birthday of El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, Malcolm X, and his grandson was in town to participate in “Malcolm X Week.”

“I haven’t read the entire book; I have read excerpts,” Shabazz said of Marable’s controversial biography, which was released last month, mere days before Marable’s passing.

“This book is about making money,” Shabazz charged, “but I had known the man personally since I was about 16 years old. The three main things that stick out in the book to me is how he emphasized the homosexual acts that (he implied) my grandfather was engaged in with a rich white man during his hustling days; how my grandparents had a loveless relationship and were unfaithful to each other; and how my grandfather may have embellished his criminal lifestyle.”

Shabazz’s No. 2 point

“My grandparents had a very unique relationship.  It was a model for us as a people. They had six children together, so they were obviously intimate and they were mating.  I have one daughter, and she is a blessing.  Unfortunately, her mother and I don’t have the best relationship.  I wish I would have more children with one woman, but to have six children to one woman—that shows the love right there.”

Point No. 3

“To say that he embellished his criminal lifestyle…if anything, he downplayed his criminal lifestyle,” Shabazz said.

“My grandfather spoke out against the social ills that led to situations that produced criminal lifestyles.  One thing is though, people from all walks of life, from pimps to a drug addict, drug dealer, convicts, they all can all look at him and think, ‘He’s been in my shoes and look where he is now.’ What did he represent to our people?  He is an inspiration.  He’s a perfect example of the epitome of change.”

Shabazz said he has not spoken to anyone from Marable’s group.

“This is the first time I’m speaking about it. There are way more important things to talk about than the Manning Marable book, which is about making money at the end of the day.”

As he finishes his own book, a coming-of-age memoir, the man who was 12-years-old when he was charged with setting the fire that killed his grandmother in 1996, said his book will touch on many issues, including previously undisclosed facts.

(Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News)

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