Like many of my generation, I read Malcolm X’s Autobiography.
Malcolm had a great influence on me—though you wouldn’t understand that influence any more than you truly understand the changes that Malcolm underwent after making a religious pilgrimage to Mecca.
Malcolm’s great influence upon me was shown by my remark, “he didn’t have anything to say, but he sure was great at saying it”.
I was converted away from belief in the value of the art of persuasion simply by watching a 5 minute press conference by Malcolm.
It was only later, after I had realized that the art of persuasion could be turned toward good, that I overcame Malcolm’s influence.
When Malcolm returned from his pilgrimage, he espoused in words if not in tone, a more peaceful and conciliatory message, however much he continued to conform with the American’s press’ expectation of the stereotypic, angry Black man.
It was another video that convinced me of the positive power of persuasion, backed by truthful reasoning—by dialectically informed rhetoric.
It was an article showing how the art of persuasion was saving many of the Black people whom you and your ilk have abandoned to the merchants of death of the abortion industry.
A 1998 article, Abortion: A Failure to Communicate by Paul Swope showed how the art of persuasion was able to reduce abortion rates up to 38%, including those in the African-American community you have abandoned, Mr. Holder.
But you wouldn’t understand that, either, Mr. Attorney General, as you ride off to into the sunset of a lucrative post-governmental career in the private sector, no closer to giving help of any lasting value to members of your community than the years you wasted at the Department of Justice.