Malcolm X on Front Page Challenge, 1965: CBC Archives


“On January 5, 1965, Malcom X appeared on the longstanding Canadian television program ‘Front Page Challenge’. Following the program format in which the four panelists try to guess the identity of the program guest, who sat out of sight (in this case, they failed to guess Malcolm’s identity), he was interviewed for eight minutes by the four panel members. Watch the interview by clicking the screen below, or go to this YouTube weblink. Malcom X was assassinated in New York City on February 21, 1965. He was a militant advocate for political, social and economic self-determination for the Black population in the United States, and he was an outspoken opponent of imperialism and social injustice. Since 1965, the social and economic status of the Black population of the United States has advanced on many levels and has regressed on others. Many voices in the country consider that the rapid rise in the Black prison population of the country during the past 45 years – driven by a racist and violent ‘war on drugs’ begun by President Richard Nixon – symbolizes a veritable counter-revolution that has taken place against the gains of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. This issue is discussed in an essay in the May 4, 2017 issue of the London Review of Books. Writer Adam Shatz reviews a newly published book Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. Shatz’ book review/essay discusses the debate in the United States as to whether the country is plunging deeper into a ‘New Jim Crow’ moment of history. The term ‘Jim Crow’ describes the deepgoing system of racism and violent, racial segregation that came into place in the U.S. as a result of the counter-revolution against ‘Radical Reconstruction’ following the end of the U.S. Civil War in 1865. The Civil Rights Movement dismantled many of the features of Jim Crow, for example, overt segregation in housing, education and employment. But how lasting are the movement’s achievements considering the sharp rise in the Black prison population in the U.S. since 1970 and the continuation of police, social and other forms of extreme violence against the Black population? …”
Roger Annis
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