By William David Hart (auth.)
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Was this not the same judgment that Earl Little was making when he ripped off the head of the rabbit with his strong, bare hands and tossed the bleeding carcass at Louise’s feet? His religious dispute with her led to a dramatic act of contempt. The incredulity of the state welfare workers led to the charge that she was insane. Her views were eccentric, Afro-Eccentric. One wonders how this affected the young Malcolm X, then known by his birth name of Malcolm K. Little. One thing is clear. It did not constrain him from hunting rabbits with his deceased father’s 22 caliber rif le, which surely broke his mother’s heart.
But they were the friendliest white people I had ever seen. (AMX 20–1) I can only speculate on how Louise Little acquired these dispositions. 25 Perhaps she encountered one or more of these sects before or during her marriage to Earl. Black Islamic sects with similar dietary habits and even hybrid Christian-Jewish, Christian-Islamic, and Jewish-Islamic groups emerged around the same time, any of which may account for her religiously derived dietary habits. We cannot know for sure. But we do know that the Adventist tradition is a common affiliation among blacks and a prior encounter with this Christian sect may be sufficient to explain her disposition.
They express their hatred by killing him, their love by eating his body. By cannibalizing their father, eating his f lesh and drinking his blood, a primordial act of communion (religio), they identify with him. Through identification (cannibalistic communion) and transference (idealization), the brothers diminish their sense of guilt for their murderous aggression. Through the dreamwork of memory, they forget the tyranny and terror of their actually living father. Repressing their envy and fear, they make father larger than life, covering him with a halo, as they actively repress the knowledge of how amoral he had been.
Black Religion: Malcolm X, Julius Lester, and Jan Willis by William David Hart (auth.)