A letter shared by a former NYPD cop alleges the New York Police Department and the FBI played a role in killing one of the most powerful civil rights leaders, Malcolm X.
Malcolm X was shot while delivering remarks at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City on February 21, 1965.
The outspoken antiracism activist Malcolm X was often alleged to be a communist and was closely followed by capitalists.
Ray Wood, a former undercover NYPD officer's newly released confession letter reveals that the NYPD and the FBI worked with him to make sure that men in the charge of Malcolm X's were arrested in the days before he was killed.
Wood shared his confession with his family in 2011 when he was diagnosed with stomach cancer. He had asked his cousin Reggie to not share the confession until after he died.
Reggie shared the confession publicly on Saturday. Reggy said that he had carried the confession secretly in fear of what could happen to him if the government found out what he knows.
Ray confessed that he, along with NYPD and the US government made all sure that Malcolm X was not protected adequately. “I participated in actions that in hindsight were deplorable and detrimental to the advancement of my own, Black people,” he said.
He said that it was his assignment to draw two men into a felonious federal crime that they could be arrested and kept away from managing Malcolm X's security.
Wood confessed helping to frame Thomas Johnson, aka Khalil Islam for Malcolm's murder. Islam had maintained his innocence until he died in 2009.
“On February 21, 1965, I was ordered to be at the Audubon Ballroom, where I was identified by witnesses while leaving the scene,” Wood said in his letter. “Thomas Johnson was later arrested and wrongfully convicted to protect my cover and the secrets of the FBI and the NYPD.”
Reggie said that this cousin Ray kept the information secret because he was worried about what the law enforcement agencies do to his family if he told the dark secrets of the US government which had helped to demolish the Black civil rights movement.
Malcolm X, leader of the black civil right and Muslim liberation movement, was an anti-capitalist activist, which was threatening the status quo at that time.
The Leader of the Nation for Islam is long remembered for his voice against class injustice, racial injustice, and all kinds of injustices.