Malcolm X, who ranted against the White men most of his life, apparently had no qualms in sharing carnal pleasure with one of them, it has emerged. Malcolm was bisexual and had an affair with a white male, according to a biography of the legendary black radical activist of the 1960s.
The unseemly love affair of Malcolm X, who ferociously championed black supremacy and argued that blacks were the original people of the world, has been brought to light in a biography, 'Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention'.
The biography was written by Manning Marable, an established African-American scholar. The new revelation about his sexual preferences makes for interesting reading as Malcolm X had reportedly parted ways with his mentor Elijah Muhammad over disillusionment about the latter's alleged sexual excesses.
Malcolm had embraced Elijah Muhammad's outfit The Nation of Islam while in prison in the late 40s, but left the Black Muslim organization in 1964. He was reportedly bemused over Elijah Muhammad's several extramarital relationships.
It was widely seen that his rift with Elijah and subsequent breaking up with the Nation were reasons behind his assassination in 1965. Some activists of the Nation were convicted of his murder. The new biography also says one of his killers escaped justice.
He was born as Malcolm Little in Nebraska in 1925, but changed the surname to 'X' after joining the Nation of Islam. He was a black supremacist, called for total separation of Afro-Americans from the Whites and was also critic of capitalism. He had advocated black nationalism and thought blacks were the original people of the world. He often said Islam was the true religion of the black man and that Christianity was white man's religion.
Malcolm X has, however, been one of the most articulate champions of the black people of the U.S. and was instrumental in the propagation of Islam among the black community in the country.
Some of his views, notably racist extremes, had changed before his death. In a conversation with Gordon Parks two days before his assassination, Malcolm X disowned racism. ... I was hypnotized, pointed in a certain direction and told to march. Well, I guess a man's entitled to make a fool of himself if he's ready to pay the cost. It cost me 12 years, he said. That was a bad scene, brother. The sickness and madness of those days—I'm glad to be free of them.