I had a dream that it was Malcolm X Day in Lansing (that’s where he’s from!). There was a big street festival and such. How come there isn’t one of those? That’s totally absurd. He’s every bit as important as Martin Luther King, Jr.
In my dream, though, Malcolm X was a little different. He was the Batman of black people – using high technology and martial arts to beat the crap out of racists.
I think he was probably more effective as he was, but honestly: He couldn’t have been important at all if there weren’t a big movement of people ready to act. He was just a catalyst.
In the dream, he was more of a symbol. Other activists took care of logistics of the movement. Malcolm X inspired people, and did a little bit of good along the way.