TV journalist Gil Noble once assessed: “I think there were a number of reasons Malcolm was killed … he was a threat to America’s global ambitions. He had done a lot in Africa to awaken their countries and let them understand they should not be the victims of the courtship American businesses were engaged in. Many of them began to quote Malcolm on the U.N. floor, ironically.”
After the firebombing, Malcolm headed to Detroit, where he lectured about the global changes occurring. “There’s a worldwide revolution going on! It goes beyond Mississippi, it goes beyond Alabama, it goes beyond Harlem!” said Malcolm. “What is it revolting against? The power structure! The American power structure? No! The French power structure? No! The English power structure? No! Then what power structure? An international, Western power structure!”
Clarke assessed Malcolm’s assassination, saying, “When he internationalized the problem by raising it from the level of civil rights to that of human rights, and by linking up with Africa, Malcolm X threw himself into the cross fire of that invisible, international cartel of power and finance which deposes presidents and prime ministers [and] dissolves parliaments if they refuse to do their bidding. It was this force, I believe, that killed Malcolm X, that killed [Patrice] Lumumba, that killed [Dag] Hammarskjold.”
In a documentary, Brother Minister Benjamin (2X) Karriem concluded: “He used to tell us that everything happens on time, because look where he’s at now. Because had he lived, who knows what may have happened—mistakes that he may have made, something he may have done to destroy all the good he has done. Look where he’s at now.
“I mean, he’s a martyr; he’ll live forever. They created what they were trying to destroy, those people that killed him. And look at them, look at all the people that were involved in that. Where’s John Ali? Where’s all those other corrupt people that killed him? What did they gain from it? So who won? We all will die.”