Netflix’s New Malcolm X Documentary Can Reopen Assassination File
The documentary on the assassination of US Muslim politician and black rights activist Malcolm X, released on Netflix’s platform on February 7, set in motion the Manhattan district prosecutor in New York, USA.
“Who killed Malcolm X?” The documentary Listens to historian Abdur-Rahman Muhammad, who questioned the assassination of activist Malcolm X, who was killed in 1965, and questions whether real perpetrators were caught.
The documentary also includes claims in some documents reviewed by the Innocence Project, a foundation that struggles for the manifestation of justice.
In a statement made by the Manhattan regional prosecutor’s office, it was stated that the prosecutor will deal with the new allegations and evidence, and if he deems necessary, his file can be reopened.
It was reported that Prosecutor Cyrus Vance had a meeting with the representatives of the Innocence Project.
Malcolm X’s daughter Ilyasah Shabazz said that “there are not enough words to describe” the feelings she felt about the possibility of the file reopening.
Saying that his father spent all his life seeking the truth, Ilyasah Shabazz stated that he hoped that the facts about his father’s assassination would also be revealed.
Life imprisonment for three people
El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, known as Malcolm X, was a Muslim activist fighting for black rights in the USA at a time when racism was very high.
Earl Little, the father of Malcolm X, who was born in Nebraska in 1925, was one of the religious members of the Baptist Church fighting for black rights.
Earl Little, who received death threats from racist white groups, was killed when Malcolm X was six years old.
Malcolm X, who went to jail in 1946 for being involved in a home robbery, became a Muslim here.
Malcolm X adopted the teachings of Elijah Muhammad, the leader of the religious organization called Nation of Islam (NOI), during his seven years in prison.
Malcolm X, who started to spread this doctrine with his columns and speeches after becoming a member of the Nation of Islam (NOI), became one of the names that the media has a lot of because of his charismatic personality and has gained many fans in his belief.
Malcolm X, who has drawn a toothed portrait in his controversial statements and the black rights struggle that gained great power in the 1960s, broke his paths with Elijah Muhammad and NOI in 1964 because it was contrary to many different aspects.
Malcolm X, who received numerous death threats, was killed in 1965 when he appeared on stage to speak in New York.
Three members of the Nation of Islam (NOI) were sentenced to life imprisonment in 1966, by the names Mujahid Abdul Halim (known as Talmadge Hayer and Thomas Hagan), Muhammad Abdul Aziz (known as Norman 3X Butler) and Khalil Islam (known as Thomas 15X Johnson).
‘ That day I was listening to the radio at home ‘
Both Saints and Islam, who died in 2009, claimed to be innocent; Although Halim accepted that he had a role in the assassination, the other two said he was innocent.
81-year-old Aziz, who was released on parole in 1985, applied to the Innocence Project to clear his name.
According to the Innocence Project, there is no physical evidence to assassinate Aziz and Islam.
Netflix’s documentary also covers some scenarios around Malcolm X’s murder.
One of these allegations suggests that the FBI fictionalized the murder and that the assassination was committed by white racists.
It is stated in the documentary that there is very little evidence against Aziz and Islam.
Netflix’s “Who killed Malcolm X?” According to the Innocence Project, Aziz tells the day of the assassination by saying “I lay my feet on the sofa and heard it on the radio”.
“We were encouraged to appoint two respected prosecutors to reexamine this case because of the historical importance of this case and the fact that Aziz, who we represent, is 81 years old,” said the co-founder of Innocence Project, Barry Scheck.