“[A] remarkable acknowledgment of grave errors made in a case of towering importance: the 1965 murder of one of America’s most influential Black leaders in the fight against racism.”

“Two of the men found guilty of the assassination of Malcolm X are expected to have their convictions thrown out on Thursday, the Manhattan district attorney and lawyers for the two men said, rewriting the official history of one of the most notorious murders of the civil rights era.” https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/17/nyregion/malcolm-x-killing-exonerated.html 

A review of these convictions, which was undertaken as an explosive documentary about the assassination and a new biography renewed interest in the case, did not identify who prosecutors now believe really killed Malcolm X, and those who were previously implicated but never arrested are dead. But, as the NYT article explains, the review and the exoneration of these two men “recasts one of the most painful moments in modern American history.”

Prosecutor Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., apologized on behalf of all of law enforcement “which he said had failed the families of the two men,” failures which could not be remedied. Vance explained: “but what we can do is acknowledge the error, the severity of the error.”

If you have not watched the documentary Who Killed Malcolm X, https://www.netflix.com/title/80217478, you should. Surely records were destroyed in that case (make up your own mind), but there were still a ton of responsive documents to FOIA requests and nobody made the film makers file suit or go to a state supreme court to try to get documents in that case.


One Comment on ““[A] remarkable acknowledgment of grave errors made in a case of towering importance: the 1965 murder of one of America’s most influential Black leaders in the fight against racism.””

  1. Kay says:

    Totally thought of you when I read that this morning!


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