How Is Malcolm X Assassination Justified

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The Assassination of Malcolm X Malcolm Little also known as Malcolm X was assassinated on February 21, 1965 in New York City. Black Muslims are said to be the accomplices of his murder. One of their members, Thomas Hagan, was charged with shooting Malcolm X at the Audubon Ballroom. Two other men were convicted with Hagan for the murder of X. The assassination of Malcolm X was unjustified because he was an influential civil rights activist that helped African Americans in their journey to equality; however, rival Black Muslims believed that he was uncontrollable so there needed to be a way to stop him. Even though some people thought that Malcolm X was an “uncompromising” leader, he was a very vital participant in the civil rights movement. He didn’t follow the nonviolent movement. “Instead of nonviolence in the face of anti-black attacks, he called for self-defense” (Ali, para.3). This supports his famous quote “by any means necessary”. According to Zaheer Ali, X wanted to bring all African-American people together and create a…show more content…
Malcolm X was a very outspoken speaker whose beliefs were sometimes considered “controversial”. “Malcolm X was suspended by Elijah Muhammad as the spokesperson of the Nation of Islam because of the statements he made about John F. Kennedy’s assassination” (Morrison para.6). He made some controversial comments about Kennedy’s decisions while in presidency. Malcolm X had many enemies that he even knew about. He even addressed his self as a “marked man” a few times. On February 21, 1965, he was giving a speech to introduce his new ideas about creating another group. “He was shot while giving a speech about one of his new organizations” (Felber para.4). It was not long before the meeting started that a brawl broke out and guns started shooting. X was shot multiple times in front of his family and later
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