There seems to be considerable historical amnesia out there regarding the National of Islam, reflected everywhere from the guests on Democracy Now through to most of my vocal left friends. Let’s be clear, NOI is a protofascist organization (as Adolph Reed observed in his old book Class Notes which has a chapter entitled “The Rise of Louis Farrakhan”) that has never hesitated to use violence to repress dissent. And yes, the mainstream of the organization (not some marginal renegades) killed Malcolm. Farrakhan said Malcolm was “worthy of death” two months before the assassination. If you think ANSWER and the Workers World Party are bad, take a look at NOI.