May 11, 2013

"Troubled Life in Malcolm X’s Shadow Comes to a Violent End."

Malcolm Shabazz was 28.
[H]e died early Thursday morning in a popular tourist area [in Mexico City] after being assaulted outside a bar, the authorities said. It was a violent end to a young and tumultuous life....

Mr. Shabazz... spent much of his life seeking to make peace with his past. After pleading guilty to the juvenile equivalent of manslaughter and arson in his grandmother’s death in 1997, he was sentenced to institutions for many of his teenage years, followed by later stints in prison for other crimes.
The grandmother was the widow of Malcolm X.

37 comments:

edutcher said...

Hate to say, but it sounds like he did very little peacemaking or seeking.

David said...

Hustler. Criminal. Habitual liar.

Hustled self into a NYT obit after doing nothing but harm in his life.

Just why did they write this?

madAsHell said...

There was a report that he was defenestrated.

I've always found it amusing that we have a 50 cent word for pitching someone out the window.

YoungHegelian said...
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YoungHegelian said...

Goodbye & good riddance.

What sort of person burns their own grandmother to death?

This was at best a deeply troubled individual; at worst an evil one. The manner of his end should come as no surprise.

Emil Blatz said...

Fiddy cent? Hell, that's three dollah!

Saul said...

His mom was charged with hiring a hit man to kill Farakan. I think it was some kind of weird FBI entrapment thing, with the guy soliciting to do the job trying to turn state's evidence to get a sentence reduction. That was why the kid ended up living with his grandma (Malcolm X's widow).

Sorun said...

"Mr. Shabazz... spent much of his life seeking to make peace with his past."

Doesn't really seem like it.

GrandpaMark said...

I would like to see this joking comment in its' full context:

After going to Los Angeles, Mr. Shabazz texted Mr. Stevens, joking that the people he was with in California did not like New Yorkers.

rhhardin said...

I've lost track of everybody but Rita X from Detroit.

rhhardin said...

Rita X, sadly only a short sample.

You'd think the originals would be somewhere, from the late 90s, before I recorded Limbaugh though.

wyo sis said...

Isn't there some bible verse about the sins of the fathers being visited on the following generations?

William said...

That's a very sympathetic obit. He helped his barber get a look see from a recod exec. So far as I can tell from the obit that was not just his top good deed but his only one. Very few people get to burn their grandmother to death and then get to express their admiration for Qaddafi in person and then get a sympathetic obit from The Times. What would he have to do to deserve a more disparaging adjective than "troubled".

William said...

Alex Haley was a first rate writer. I have sometimes wondered if Malcolm X wasn't his greatest creation.

kcom said...

"What would he have to do to deserve a more disparaging adjective than 'troubled'."

Head up a Tea Party group?

jr565 said...
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jr565 said...

To quote the older Malcolm X who referred to John F Kennedy's assassination, This is a case of "the chickens coming home to roost."

As was the older Malcolm X's assassination by the way. Insensitive, maybe. But Malcolm X was the one who said it about JFK So why can't it be used against Malcolm just as insenitively.

Farrakhan and the honorable Elijah Mohammad silenced that fool by any means necessary.

In the case of the younger X, if you burn your grandma you don't get much sympathy.


ed said...

Sounds like the apple fell right next to the tree.

Quaestor said...

Head up a Tea Party group?

Being black and a Muslim he'd have avoided an audit at least.

ed said...

@ William

"Alex Haley was a first rate writer. I have sometimes wondered if Malcolm X wasn't his greatest creation."

And plagarist.

ironrailsironweights said...

No loss to society.

Peter

eddie willers said...

Does this mean the line ends with Malcolm XII?

whoresoftheinternet said...
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betamax3000 said...

Malcolm X.
Preparation H.
Vitamin C.
F. Scott Fitzgerald.
El-emento-P.

ricpic said...

Ding Dong the Thug is Dead
The Wicked Wicked Thug is Dead
Ding Dong the Wicked Thug is Dead
He's Gone where the Wicked Thugs do Go
Yo Ho Yo Ho Yo Ho
Yo Ho Yo Ho the Wicked Wicked Thug is Dead...




Well, you get the idea.

jeff said...

"David N. Dinkins, the former mayor of New York, and Percy E. Sutton, a former Manhattan borough president who had been Malcolm X’s lawyer, stepped in to represent him after the fire. Most recently, Cynthia McKinney, the former Democratic congresswoman from Georgia, said she “had taken him under my wings,” in an attempt “to help and look out for him.”"

Hard to believe his ending, what with those two heavyweights, Dinkins and McKinney behind him. Nothing screams intellect, achievements and integrity than those two.

mccullough said...

Another black man who grew up without a father. The story often is the same and ends the same way.

Time for black men to help raise their children again.

rcocean said...

"Mr. Shabazz... spent much of his life seeking to make peace with his past."

What the fuck does that even mean?

And died "after being assaulted outside a bar" how curiously uhh...vague. Like maybe "died after a drug deal gone wrong"? Or maybe"died after he pulled a gun/knife on someone"?

rcocean said...

"Time for black men to help raise their children again"

Yeah get to it black men. Cause white-boy 'mccullough' really cares.

He's concerned.

mccullough said...

Rcocean


I'm not white.

rcocean said...

What are you?

mccullough said...

Rcocean

I am a boy so you were half right. Are you a girl or just a whiny boy?

autothreads said...

I've lost track of everybody but Rita X from Detroit...


You'd think the originals would be somewhere, from the late 90s, before I recorded Limbaugh though.


The real originals of Rita X would be from the late Mark Scott's show on WXYZ in Detroit, before Limbaugh's screener heard her and knew she was great radio. She'd left flipping crazy in the rear view eons ago but made for great radio.


AllenS said...

mccullough said...
I'm not white.

I clicked on your profile, and you sure look white.


DCS said...

So another thug bites the dust and gets a write up in the NY Times. I say, in the words of Malcolm X, a case of the chickens coming home to roost.

President-Mom-Jeans said...

Good riddance. Thanks Mexico.

Baron Zemo said...

When I went to high school all of our sports teams had a cap with an "X" on it for Xaverian high school. I always wore mine when I was out and about.

Until the movie "MalcomX" came out ant then every brother had one and wanted to beef with you if you wore it while being white.