by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
Wrongdoing is no respecter of persons even if you are 46 years old, and Malcolm X is your father. Malikah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X, walked free from a Queens courthouse on Thursday. In her case, we must define freedom as pleading guilty to robbing a 70-year-old family friend of her identity putting her $55,000 in credit card debt and accepting five years of probation. Paying back the money to that family friend — the wife of one of Malcolm X’s ex-body guards — is also a part of her “freedom” deal.
Shabazz, whom is the youngest of Malcolm X’s children, was arrested February 18th in North Carolina for her naughty deeds and had been in custody since then. If she had been convicted, she would have been sentenced to years in prison. It would be nice to think that Shabazz is grateful for the mercy shown towards her. The only comment she gave, however, came by way of her lawyer saying that “she’s excited to be reunited with her daughter.”
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