Like many American Blacks, the late El Hajj Malik Shabazz (here after Malcolm X) made an impression upon me.
It’s through the lens of this impression that I now view the Christopher Dorner case.
Surprisingly to some, Dorner enjoys an active fan base of otherwise opposed progressives and constitutionalists who mutually mistrust police, especially the LAPD.
I could make the obligatory anti-LAPD statement; but suffice it to say, I too find them heavy-handed yet also recognize the hyper-violent opposition they face.
When poor people of all colors run wild in the streets, they prompt creation of municipal armies like this department to combat them.
Critics of his day (and now) accused Malcolm X of being a racist and proponent of violence.
To his credit, he always preached restraint and obeying the law, including using self-defense statutes- a stance, along with his White liberal critique, which endears him to numerous modern conservatives.
His quote “I don’t even call it violence when it’s in self-defense; I call it intelligence” could have been made by current conservative state legislators while drafting “Stand Your Ground” laws.
Unlike Malcolm X, Dorner chose as his first two victims folks not involved in his LAPD grievance. He allegedly gunned down an unarmed woman and man, not quite a Malcolm X move.
The silence from Dorner’s groupies is deafening over this gruesome issue. Condoning private brutality like this to oppose police brutality places them in the same league as Rodney King’s tormentors and the uniformed drug-dealing assassins of the Rampart Division scandal.
Even the police officers he shot (one of whom died) played no role in his termination from the department.
LAPD’s brutality and corruption are used to cloak a private variety as extra-legal retaliation.
Yet another non-Malcolm X stance.
His White liberal supporters must grin and bear it in the face of statements like this from his famous lecture titled “God’s Judgement of White America,” better known as his “The Chickens Come Home To Roost” speech:
The white liberal differs from the white conservative only in one way: the liberal is more deceitful than the conservative. The liberal is more hypocritical than the conservative. Both want power, but the white liberal is the one who has perfected the art of posing as the Negro’s friend and benefactor; and by winning the friendship, allegiance, and support of the Negro, the white liberal is able to use the Negro as a pawn or tool in this political “football game” that is constantly raging between the white liberals and white conservatives.
This December 4, 1963 presentation prompted the late Elijah Muhammad to suspend him from the Nation of Islam for describing the Kennedy assassination “as chickens coming home to roost.”
It also led to his leaving Black separatism for a more inclusive nationalism where he worked with anyone interested in human rights reform.
This included socialists and alarmed the US government to no small end as the heads of Soviet client states welcomed him with open arms overseas.
In the final analysis, Christopher Dorner is not Malcolm X 2.0. His violent response to injustice is at odds with the restraint and self-defense stance Malcolm X advocated.
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