We recently asked Who Edits Wikipedia, and introduced our readers to a fascist who, along with fellow Hitler-admirers defends old Adolf from “anti-Nazi propaganda.” But it is Administrators who wield the rel power at Wikipedia. And some of them have highly questionable political commitments. Among them, an editor who boasts that he “chose my Username after El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, better known as Malcolm X, whose life and words inspire me.”
You remember Malcolm X? A man who argued for redress of legitimate black American grievances by “any means necessary”, by which he meant violence. “I am for violence if non-violence means we continue postponing a solution to the American black man’s problem just to avoid violence.”
Personally, I am an admirer of Martin Luther King, who dedicated his life to achieving civil rights by non-violent means, and made America a better place. I shudder to think what this country might be like today if impatient Americans had followed Malcolm X and launched the kind of violent revolution that Malcolm X advocated in this 1964 interview.
Monthly Review: You often use the word revolution, is there a revolution underway in America now?
MALCOLM X: There hasn’t been. Revolution is like a forest fire. It burns everything in its path. The people who are involved in a revolution don’t become a part of the system—they destroy the system, they change the system. The genuine word for a revolution is Umwälzung which means a complete overturning and a complete change and the Negro Revolution is no revolution because it condemns the system and then asks the system that it has condemned to accept them into their system. That’s not a revolution—a revolution changes the system, it destroys the system and replaces it with a better one.
“I don’t go for anything that’s non-violent and turn-the-other-cheekish. I don’t see how any revolution—I’ve never heard of a non-violent revolution or a revolution that was brought about by turning the other cheek, and so I believe that it is a crime for anyone to teach a person who is being brutalized to continue to accept that brutality without doing something to defend himself.”
In addition to admiring Malcolm X, this editor is an avowed anarchist who admires Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman. Berkman was very like Malcolm X, both wanted to lead violent revolutions. Malcolm X against white folk and Berkman against capitalists. While Berkman was on probation for attempting to assassinate Henry Clay Frick he helped with a plan to kill John D. Rockefeller by planting a bomb at this home. The explosives were stored in a Lexington Avenue apartment when they accidentally blew up.
Wikipedia: where admirers of anarchism, violent revolution, assassination, and murder by bombing rule.