by BBD Staff
The new film, “Betty and Coretta,” explores the lives of two iconic women, Betty Shabazz and Coretta Scott King. In the film, Mary J. Blige, who play’s Shabazz states that she believes that Louis Farrakhan had something to do with the death of Malcolm X. Min. Farrakhan is obviously concerned about the allegations and does a direct interview with The Final Call to discuss the matter in more detail. The film has been attacked by the daughters of both Betty Shabazz and Coretta Scott King, who say that their mothers were not properly represented.
There are also some who wonder if there is an alternative agenda presented when a movie about black historical figures is made by people who aren’t black. Is there a consistent effort by white and Jewish-owned media to control the perceptions that black people have of their leaders? Betty’s character, played by Mary J. Blige, has an almost obsessive interest in speaking about Louis Farrakhan, as if someone really wanted to make sure this was in the script. Was either family consulted in detail or did they just make the film based on what they thought it would be.
T’here appears to be something more sinister going on with the film, and many of the readers of this website who’ve seen the film don’t seem to like it very much. How would Jews feel if black people made an inaccurate film about the holocaust? We can’t recommend seeing the movie, since most of the people we’ve spoken with on our Facebook page are not happy with the project. Maybe this film was made for white people.
But what does this say about Farrakhan?
Hear his words below:
Question: “Why do you think Lifetime, and those who created this movie, is opening up the old wounds of The Malcolm X Murder at this time?”
‘The Jewish people behind this film have characterized Farrakhan as the “No. 1 Anti-Semite.” That was the title they gave Brother Malcolm while he was alive; now, they’ve given it to me.’
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan (HMLF): It is because the murder of Malcolm X is still alive in the hearts and minds of many, and they wish to charge me with that crime in order to seek to destroy my reputation with the people that love and admire me. And also, to plant the seed in the hearts of those who don’t know me that I am, in fact, a “murderer.”
Question: “What do you think the motive of Mary J. Blige is in being an ‘executive producer’ when I hear that she likes you?”
HMLF: I cannot answer for Mary J. Blige except to say that when a person is famous or well-known, sometimes they will give such person “executive producer status” to add to the strength of the film.
Mary J. Blige is my friend! And nothing that’s in this movie has diminished my love and respect for her.
Question: “What would be your message to the younger generation who is watching Betty & Coretta who do not know anything about what happened, and is being educated—or, mis-educated—by Lifetime?”
HMLF: The first thing that our young people should understand, that there is no statute of limitation on “murder.”
In two years, it will be 50 years since the assassination of Brother Malcolm: At no time during these 48 years has the government opened the files on that murder of Brother Malcolm, and let the public see those files.
I have appealed to the government to open the files, so that everything in those files could be made manifest, not only to the Shabazz family, and the families of those so ill-affected by his murder—but also my family, and the lives that are constantly put in the public.
Question: “I read that the families of Betty and Coretta were not consulted about this movie. So I wanted to ask: Has the Nation of Islam ever been consulted by Hollywood related to all of these movies that attack you all?”
HMLF: I heard that they allowed members of the King and Shabazz family to look at the film after it was done. Nothing like that has ever been accorded to me and my family, since it is I that the film seems bent upon putting in the hearts and minds of the people that “Louis Farrakhan is responsible for the death of Brother Malcolm.”
Question: “So how do you finally feel being exposed that you killed Malcolm X?”
HMLF: I did not kill Malcolm X. Before too long, you will really find who is “exposed”—and it is those who want to put on me what no court, no judge, no jury, could put on me. And if my enemies had a chance to bring me before the courts, and put me in prison for such a crime, they would have done it a long time ago! No, I am not “exposed”. But the wickedness of those behind my slander will be thoroughly exposed!
Question: “Lifetime is already telling us what we already know about you. You confessed to this on 60 Minutes, so this show is only a repeat. You’re guilty, right?”
HMLF: I am not guilty of killing Malcolm X. What I said on 60 Minutes was extracted from a 4-hour interview with Mike Wallace and Attallah Shabazz.