I haven’t read the book, but if you read the article, one of the issues the daughters have with the book is the idea that there may have been infidelity in Malcolm X’s marriage. The author, who apparently has been researching this book for 20 years, has reason to believe so, and sites his sources, etc. I don’t think anyone knows 100% sure where the truth lies – nor do I really think these details matter (to onlookers). I’m sure anyone hearing (even the possibility) of anything negative by their parents …particularly something that might shape their legacy, is heartbreaking – and devastating because of the implications that come with it. But it’s a personal matter for the family, and ultimately between him and Allah (swt).
But for the rest of us, all I can say is, we all have flaws and we’ve all made mistakes…and despite any mistakes he may have made, Malcolm X was an incredible man who had the foresight and intelligence to transform himself, and accept the truth as it became apparent to him mA. So often, even when the truth is right before our eyes, we deny it; we fight it. Many of us (including myself) have a tendency to hold on to old ways and beliefs…to not admit our wrongs…to ignore them, in fact! out of pride, or laziness, or whatever other excuses we give ourselves (consciously or subconsciously). But part of why he was so amazing was his ability to see the truth, embrace it and be objective about his past. We’re all falliable…we all make mistakes but it takes a great man/woman to make the kind of changes he made – to seek the truth, and embrace it and transform, regardless of the repercussions that come with it. Because of it, I think Allah blessed his actions with a sort of baraka – he was able to do great good in a time filled with oppression.
I look forward to reading the book, as I’m sure there are many lessons to be learned from his life, and I hope others will read it as well, and will look at him objectively, as a man – flaws and all, and see all the good that came from him mA. iA, I hope we can take whatever lessons we can from his life, and look at his shortcomings for what they are – human shortcomings, and leave the judging for his Lord.