My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I don’t consider myself a slow reader, but this one took me about 5-6 weeks interwoven in through several months to complete. It wasn’t boring. No, no. It required from me much contemplation. I would read a few pages and have to take a moment, sometimes days, to digest what was being said. Malcolm X had been to me a half-crazed, violent man. Now to me he is a half-crazed truth speaker. Malcolm X swung truth like a blazing sword, cutting and cauterizing the wound in the same instant. He was also a revolutionary martyr. In speaking his truth, he opened the eyes of his people underneath the heavy cloak the white man had hidden him under. They began to see the cloak and attempt the throw it off. This is the violence Malcolm X is known for in white circles: inciting the black man to throw off the white mans’ cloak and take it upon himself to stand, proud of every inch of himself. Malcolm X was murdered because of his work for good reason. Many people, black and white, hated the truth he spoke and couldn’t stand to look at themselves in that light. So the light had to be snuffed out to make themselves comfortable again. Thus the cloak’s shadow descended upon the world once again. I will definitely be purchasing this book. (I only purchase books that 1) I know I’ll read again and 2) are generally amongst my favorites.) Every human being, whether black, white, red, brown, yellow, green, purple, and every color inbetween needs to read this book at least once. And read it cover to cover too. Don’t skip the introduction, epilogue or Ossie Davis’s comments at the end. Trust me on this one. I read this as part of the 2017 Read Harder Challenge from Book Riot to fulfill #19: a character of color goes on a spiritual journey.