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But doesn't remembering him as an anodyne figure help turn him into one?

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Submitted by Anon. (Israel), Feb 21, 2015 at 18:20

After all, by now, he's a symbol. In which case, turning him into a symbol of something anodyne is good.

If Mohammed could be turned into an anodyne figure, the better it would be for everyone. Unfortunately, when it comes to Mohammed, his followers won't listen to anyone else, but if people hear Malcolm X stood for main-stream things, that could lessen the damage.

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Anyone who does a bit of research will quickly find out who the real Malcolm X was and could well be inspired to emulate the reality, not the tame pretense. No, truth is necessary.

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