Exoneration sounds like a mighty fine word. It rings in the ear as if all wrongs have been righted. But we should not be fooled by the so-called “exoneration” of two men jailed, maligned, hated for a murder they did not commit.
Cyrus Vance, Jr., and others inside of the same system that perpetuated this fraud and destruction of Black life, Black love and Black progress may love the sweet sound of this word. We are not fooled. We want justice for Muhammad Aziz and the late Khalil Islam, who were intentionally, fully, maliciously and purposely wrongfully imprisoned for the killing of Brother Malcolm. These innocent men, the Shabazz family, the Nation of Islam and Black people deserve much, much more.
We must demand the full truth, a full accounting and the release of all files, federal, state and local, regarding what happened before, during and after that fateful day February 21, 1965, when Brother Malcolm was killed in the Audubon Ballroom. A man caught at the scene told prosecutors in 1966 that two others later put on trial were innocent. The men had alibis. There were at least nine informants in the ballroom, and undercover cops, who were stool pigeons and infiltrated Brother Malcolm’s organization.
So what the Manhattan district attorney calls “new evidence” and an investigation sparked by a Netflix documentary last year has always existed and been pointed to for decades—not days, not months, not years, but decades. Nothing was done by this damnable system and damnable federal and local police agencies who are at minimum complicit in the killing of Brother Malcolm, and whose hands we boldly believe are drenched in his blood.Advertisement
Prove us wrong! Open every file, un-redact every piece of paper, name every name, show any shred of evidence. Bring it all forward. The Nation of Islam, the Hon. Elijah Muhammad and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan have been injured by this lie and deadly plot orchestrated and carried out by our relentless, irredeemable enemy and their imps.
Each revelation over the years has taken us deeper into the dark heart, mind and soul of the federal government. This is the same government that has destroyed us and our movements.
The Nation of Islam has maintained and still maintains having no role in the murder of Brother Malcolm. Despite what the enemy whispers, despite what Negroes dream up, none of them offer proof. They only offer conjecture. The proof, the evidence that continues to surface points to the same enemy who hated Brother Malcolm in life and seeks to redefine and misuse him in death.
Where are the consequences for those involved in this plot, terrorist planning and its execution? Is everyone connected with this case dead? Where are all the informants? Where are their handlers? Where are the case managers? Are they simply to be forgotten? People did these evil deeds and people need to be punished. All is not forgiven.
“Fundamental justice,” as the judge who officially dismissed the charges against the two men said, demands more than an apology.
Fake tears, soft words and self-forgiving speeches, don’t move us. Justice is demanded. Reparations are demanded. Public identification of all the wicked ones is demanded. We and the families of these men and the Shabazz family have suffered for more than 50 years. How traumatic is that?
“The event that has brought us to court today should never have occurred,” Mr. Aziz said. “I am an 83-year-old man who was victimized by the criminal justice system.”
Ameen Johnson and Shahid Johnson’s father, Khalil Islam, nor mother are here to see this vindication. “His reputation meant a lot to him,” Ameen Johnson said of his father. And now “we don’t have to watch over our backs, worrying about any repercussions from anybody who thought that he might have been the one that killed Malcolm X,” he said Nov. 18 via the Associated Press. Mr. Islam died in 2009.