Page 61

Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. might even come together in a powerful alliance. I can imagine there were people in high places, like J. Edgar Hoover at the FBI, who didn’t want that to take place. And I could certainly see where the status quo might decide, “This isn’t going to happen, and we’re going to make sure of that.” We’ve come a long way since those days in terms of race relations, but in the 1960s integration was still only beginning—the Voting Rights Act hadn’t even become law when Malcolm X was alive. Those were the years of the Freedom Riders getting the crap beat out of them when they rode buses into the South, and “Bull” Connor fire-hosing African-Americans down in Birmingham, and James Meredith having to walk a National Guard gauntlet just to enroll at the University of Mississippi. It was a tempestuous period in our history, and Malcolm X was right at the forefront. The FBI had been watching Malcolm as far back as 1950, when he was still in prison for grand larceny and first discovered the Nation of Islam [NOI].3 When he was paroled after serving six years, he soon became a leading spokesman for Elijah Muhammad. In 1957, when the police beat a Black Muslim badly in Harlem and reluctantly agreed to hospitalize him thanks to Malcolm X’s insistence, with a simple wave of his hand Malcolm had stopped what might have been a bloody riot of some 2,600 people. “No man should have that much power,” a police inspector said.4 Not surprisingly, the FBI’s COINTELPRO agents were soon all over him. After Hoover learned that Malcolm would be Elijah Muhammad’s likely successor, one COINTELPRO file said bluntly: “The secret to disabling the [NOI] movement, therefore, lay in neutralizing Malcolm X.”5 In 1958, a fellow named John Ali was an adviser, friend, and housemate to Malcolm X. Five years later, he became National Secretary of the Black Muslims. When Elijah Muhammad left Chicago and moved to Phoenix because of his failing health, John Ali took over handling the group’s finances and administration. At the same time, unbeknownst to the Muslims, he was working closely with the FBI. The main man he was keeping an eye on was Malcolm X.6 Isn’t it interesting that for many of our public figures who’ve been killed— I’m thinking of John Lennon, Malcolm X, and Dr. King—they all seem to be under surveillance first and then assassinated later. Viewing it from a military standpoint, that would be the Standard Operating Procedure you’d expect: heavy surveillance to learn how you live, what way would be best to do it, how do we set up the patsy and get away with it? Look at it this way—if they’re following

Profile for HAROLD ARROYO, JR.

AMERICAN CONSPIRACIES, LIES AND DECEPTION FROM THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, JESSE VENTURA  

AMERICAN CONSPIRACIES, LIES AND DECEPTION FROM THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, JESSE VENTURA  

Advertisement