Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Anything Possible in Plot Involving Farrakhan

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Anything Possible in Plot Involving Farrakhan

Article excerpt

IT'S A conspiracy, man!"

Those were familiar words from a friend when we were in college together.

He thought there was a conspiracy behind everything. When he got a bad grade in a course, he'd say it was "the white man's conspiracy to keep the black man down."

When I'd remind him that he'd cut almost every class, he'd tell me that was beside the point.

In this business, I've heard lots of rumors of conspiracies, many of them about the news media. Stories get in the paper - or don't - some folks allege, because of conspiracies.

I've worked in this business long enough to know that we'd be lucky if we could be organized enough to commit a conspiracy.

Those who know me know that I'm not much for conspiracies. Yet I find myself at least paying attention to those who suggest that the recent alleged plot to kill Louis Farrakhan might be a conspiracy.

As you know, Qubilah Shabazz, 34, daughter of the late Malcolm X, has been indicted for supposedly hatching a murder-for-hire plot against Farrakhan. Shabazz is charged with trying to hire a hit man. Shabazz claims that she was framed by the would-be hit man, an old friend who is also a government informer.

It's no secret that Malcolm's widow, Betty Shabazz, believes Farrakhan was involved in the death of her husband. And it would be no surprise to learn that Qubilah Shabazz, who saw her father killed when she was 4, would carry within her an anger about Malcolm X's death through the years.

But history makes me give consideration to the suggestion that the younger Shabazz was set up.

And it's history that has other African-Americans very suspicious of the alleged plot. A trip up and down the radio dial will find blacks questioning the motives of the government on this one.

It's only natural. Many blacks are suspicious of the government in general. They point to documented evidence of FBI harassment during the 1960s of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and the Black Panthers as part of J. Edgar Hoover's COINTELPRO operation. The operation was used to discredit and harm civil rights and anti-war groups.

Of course, Hoover is long gone, and the FBI has become a much more professional operation. …

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