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Don’t you just hate it when things don’t pass the smell test?

Miguel Suarez’s story ain’t passing the smell test, not with me, anyway.

Suarez is the Mexican national that was with Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of Malcolm X, the night he was killed in Mexico City.

Yes, the death of Malcolm Shabazz has bummed me out in ways I can’t describe. You can’t read – and re-read – The Autobiography of Malcolm X as many times as I have and not feel at least a psychic connection with the Little family.

It doesn’t stop with the autobiography. In my home library, you’ll find books with titles like “Remembering Malcolm”, “Malcolm X Speaks”, “The Life and Death of Malcolm X”, “Seventh Child” (a biographical tribute to Malcolm X written by his nephew, Rodnell Collins) and “The End of White World Supremacy” (reputed to be Malcolm X’s last Nation of Islam speech).

The best and most informative of all might be Karl Evanzz’s “The Judas Factor: The Plot To Kill Malcolm X”, a detailed account of who was in on Malcolm’s assassination, and why.

So when I learn that the X man’s grandson has been beaten to death under some very strange circumstances in a foreign land, I want some answers.

Suarez should have some of those answers. Indeed, in initial news stories, he seems to have tried to provide them. Here’s an excerpt of a news story from the Web site

“Shabazz, 28, had traveled to Mexico to meet with a leader of a California activist and civil rights group known as RUMEC…..The leader, Miguel Suarez, had been deported last month to Mexico by U.S. officials.

“Suarez told the Associated Press that Shabazz had traveled to Mexico to support him and his movement. He said he was with Shabazz when Shabazz was beaten up at a bar near Plaza Garibaldi….

“‘We were dancing with the girls and drinking,’ Suarez said. Then the owner of the bar wanted them to pay a $1200 bar tab for music, drinks and the women’s companionship.

“Suarez said a man with a gun took him to a separate room and he heard a violent commotion in the hall. He said he escaped and came back minutes later in a cab to look for Shabazz, whom he found on the ground outside the bar.”

Story Behind the Death of Malcolm X’s Grandson Doesn’t Pass the Smell Test  was originally published on

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