Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Every Goodbye Ain't Gone

An interesting [albeit wholly ahistorical] depiction of the Malcolm X assassination as rendered by Michael Mann in his 2001 Muhammad Ali biopic, 'Ali'. The scene somewhat faithfully portrays the Al-Mustafa Shabazz / William Bradley shotgun assault on Malcolm X but adheres to the myth of a trio of assassins [Talmadge Hayer, Norman 3X Butler & Thomas 15X Johnson] when, as the 1977/8 Hayer Affidavits were to reveal, the assassination squad[s] were comprised of at least five individuals from Newark Mosque No.25 in the main auditorium of the Audubon in conjunction with [as New York filmmaker Omar Shabazz was to later uncover] a back-up hit team elsewhere in the Ballroom from Harlem's Mosque No.7 and led by FOI 'captain' Clarence 2X Gill – a vicious Bostonian thug who doubled as the personal bodyguard of Muhammad Ali.

Which leads to the second fiction depicted in the scene, namely, Will Smith's fanciful portrayal of Muhammad Ali's supposedly tearful and anguished reaction to Malcolm's killing when, as is more than likely [and like so many of the NOI's mindless, moronic and misled], Ali quite probably celebrated the assassination of Malcolm X – a despicable betrayal he was to later acknowledge as having been one of the worst mistakes of his life.

12 April 2011

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