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Ancestry and DenominationEdit

Malcolm X is listed as "West Indian American" on that page, and his parents were from Grenada. Shouldn't he be listed as such here, rather than as "African American"? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bholleman (talkcontribs) 01:59, 11 July 2020 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 19 June 2020Edit

Hello. I've stumbled across a commonly thought mistake. The autobiography of Malcolm X's was not written by Malcolm X. Malcolm dictated his life to Alex Haley. Alex Haley wrote X's "autobiography". In addition, Malcolm did not revise the last draft that Alex submitted as well. By the time Alex finished his final draft, Malcolm was already assassinated.

Quote: "Malcolm had labored to present a tale of moral uplift, to praise the power of the Nation's leader, Elijah Muhammad. After Malcolm's departure from the sect, he used his autobiography to explain his break from black separatism. Haley's purpose was quite different; for him, the autobiography was a cautionary tale about human waste and the tragedies produced by racial segregation. In many ways, the published book is more Haley's than its author's: because Malcolm died in February 1965, he had no opportunity to revise major elements of what would become known as his political statement" (Marable, 9).

Source: Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

Thus, the the passage found under the philosophy heading for Malcolm X's article is not accurate:"Except for his autobiography, Malcolm X left no published writings"

Malcolm did not write the autobiography. He dictated his autobiography and Alex Haley arranged the writings, chapters, and stories based off his perception. The last draft was submitted without Malcolm's revision as he was unfortunately assassinated by then.

It may seem like a small distinction, but in actuality, it is a large distinction. And it makes sense. Malcolm did not have the time to write an autobiography, especially in the 1960s. He was dealing with death threats from the Nation of Islam, the FBI, depression, continuing his self-education, speaking to world leaders, running two organizations, etc.

But he could spare an hour or two a week to dictate his life to Alex, who wrote for a living, and thus, he let Alex do the writing. I can go into more detail about why Alex was allowed to write his autobiography, but for now, this should suffice. 2605:E000:1301:4641:D911:2912:CF76:1BC1 (talk) 01:29, 19 June 2020 (UTC)

  Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. Darren-M talk 18:00, 19 June 2020 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 3 August 2020Edit

Pilgrimage to Mecca

The complete citation is as below. I wanted to include the whole citation to emphasis that the people were from all over the world and how Islam joins them. Also to change the "Muslims" to the appropriate word that he actually uses "Pilgrim". The message will be glimpsed and misunderstood if it is not accurate. He is not talking about the Muslims only, he is talking about pilgrims from all over the world united, without their race playing a role.

"There were tens of thousands of pilgrims, from all over the world. They were of all colors, from blue-eyed blonds to black-skinned Africans. (Redacted) Caah1123 (talk) 00:31, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

  Not done. It's not clear what changes you want to make; please make a precise request. Additionally, your source appears to be a blatant copyright infringement, a scanned copy of a book, so I've removed it. –Deacon Vorbis (carbon • videos) 01:07, 3 August 2020 (UTC)
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