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JR Valrey speaks to the loss of Hajj Malcolm Shabazz

May 13, 2013

My response to slander initiated by Fred Hampton Jr. and others online saying that I was involved in Malcolm’s assassination

by JR Valrey

First I want to offer condolences to everyone who knew and loved Hajj Malcolm Shabazz. When I got the word Thursday that Hajj Malcolm Shabazz had been assassinated in Mexico City, like many, I did not want to believe it. As somebody who traveled with him extensively over the two-year period of ‘10-’12, it was hard to imagine that he was beat to death in Mexico City, including reports that said that he was thrown from a window.

Yuri Kochiyama, Malcolm, JR 1110 by JR
Yuri Kochiyama, a renowned leader in the Asian and other communities of color in the Bay Area, had been a strong supporter of Malcolm X in Harlem. She submitted a letter from his grandson, Malcolm Shabazz, to the Bay View for publication in the mid-2000s. That letter, written from prison, sparked a correspondence between Malcolm and JR Valrey, leading eventually to this meeting of the three of them in November of 2010.
The stories that I read are very sketchy, with a lot of holes. I don’t believe them at all. I don’t know what happened, and I am waiting to hear the truth like so many of you who are reading this.

But as I was taught by my Panther mentors, “No investigation, no right to speak.” That is the reason why this article took so long for me to release. The white power system (the government) assassinated the father of Hajj Malik El Shabazz for being a Garveyite. The Little/Shabazz family have been targets of Cointelpro for over four generations, which is why I cannot accept a story like the one being told about what happened. We know the U.S. government wants to eradicate the bloodline.

What I do know about this assassination is that the enemy’s media has been working overtime to malign Malcolm as a drunk or hoe-chaser who got into a “bar fight” over the last few days. That depiction is far from anything I knew about Malcolm.

What I know about the man is that he had a passion for helping young people understand and hopefully avoid the pitfalls that the U.S. government has set up for our community. He used his troubled life as a platform to let people, in general, know that he is not just preaching – he spent years locked up and, like his grandfather, he used the time to politically and spiritually educate himself for his next stage in life, that of an ever evolving freedom fighter.

Malcolm was a very charismatic speaker, who had no problem holding a crowd’s attention. He was comfortable speaking to diverse audiences. He could speak in a Masjid to Muslims from other nations in Houston, then turn around and spend 20-30 minutes talking to young people walking down the street in East Oakland. That was another skill he seems to have inherited from his grandfather.

People have asked, “With you and Malcolm having been close, why did you not rush to say something in the media?” The answer is that when I first heard of Malcolm’s assassination, I was shocked and saddened. At no time did I have the urge to run to jot down my feelings on Facebook or to write an article or do a radio interview. Malcolm was a comrade and Brotha to me. I have feelings just like everybody else; just because I am a journalist does not mean that things don’t affect me.

While emotions are running high and people are asking for answers, there are a small number of opportunists who are playing off of the raw emotions in the situation for their own malicious intent. I have heard that someone said I was in Mexico and that I am responsible for Malcolm’s assassination. I was not in Mexico nor did I know that Malcolm was in southern Cali with intentions to go to Mexico. I was in Oakland. I am disgusted that somebody from another state, who knows nothing about what’s going on, could accuse me of something with no investigation into the real facts of the case. I did not have any prior knowledge of or responsibility in his assassination.

Somebody said that I introduced Miguel and Rumec to Malcolm. Malcolm and I met Miguel and the crew at the same time, at Malcolm’s first speaking event in Oakland, at the Black Dot Cafe, in July of 2010. Miguel talked in depth to Malcolm about building a Masjid. This can be verified by Malcolm’s Imam, Hashim Alauddeen, located in the Bay Area. I am not Muslim. I was not involved in those conversations.

Another accusation was that I was selling Malcolm’s books and DVDs. I haven’t sold any of Malcolm’s stuff. The Bay View newspaper put up an old ad, on their website, for an unpublished, unfinished book that was never used. The intent of the sfbayview posting is clearly stated in a response that the newspaper just released on their website sfbayview.com. It was to show that Malcolm was working on something constructive in contrast to the mainstream media just tying him to his prison time. This can also be cleared up by Imam Hashim Alauddeen, the Imam over the Janazah, who was working with Malcolm on his literary projects.

Somebody asked, “Why would Fred Hampton Jr. slander you?” The only thing I could say is that we organized together and went around the country and world as comrades for over seven years. After we parted ways, he started slandering me and my family, calling my grandfather and myself a government agent. My grandfather retired from the military as a special forces pilot in the U.S. army before I was born.

If you know the history, the Bay Area was populated by Blacks from the South who were seeking to work in the wartime industries in West Oakland, Hunters Point and Richmond. It’s hard to find families on the West Coast who did not play a part in World War II and the Vietnam War. That is who first employed Blacks in mass to the West Coast.

I have never worked for the U.S. government in my life. I can’t speak for anybody’s intentions but my own. I don’t know why Fred does the things that he does. I challenge you to judge me by my work record and not some rumor that somebody started to try and become the center of attention. Hit me on my Facebook page about questions that you may have and I will respond – FB: Jayshortbutfunky.

 

8 thoughts on “JR Valrey speaks to the loss of Hajj Malcolm Shabazz

  1. Selina

    THis is a very simple analyzation of happen to Mr. Shabazz

    2 mexican flukies were hired by the US to do a hit on Mr. Shabazz period !!!!

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  2. Vania

    Thanks for clearing up this dumb ass shit.

    What a disruption of serious work. Just like in the 60s and 70s: folks were lobbing "government agent" at their "opposition" in the community of activists. It is predictable and simple. All that Fred Hampton, Jr. did ehaustively was to prove that JR is a hothead and rude-ass. I sure won't argue with that. But a government agent? I don't know. Yes, I have pondered it, but to level that type of accusation in public with no proof except that he gets on your nerves and his grandfather was in the special ops forces is irresponsible. That's lightweigt.

    That he came back at you without a character assasination in-kind, left an impression on me and says a lot about his weight and his integrity in the struggle.

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  3. JRisfullofit

    Wow! Only JR would turn an article about Mr Shabazz’s death and make it about him. Disgusting. Good to know you know what it feels like to be falsely accused of shit considering all the people you have falsely accused and maligned. RIP Mr Shabazz. But JR I hope one day you grow up.

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  4. Nik

    Vania riddle me this "Since when did government agents admit being government agents this short but flunky has had his hand in the cookie jar far to long… His ass has been exposed on the streets…. Name is Garbage… He is nothing more than a short target practice.

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  5. Vania

    And what–he puts his hands in the cookie jar and pulls out money for a BART pass? Cuz JR still doesn't have a car–after all those years of working for the government. I guess being a government agent doesn't pay well.

    What I am imploring folks to do is be careful with the throwing around of the label of government agent. It is dangerous. When we sit back and watch a brother, who overall has made some valuable contributions to the struggle for Black dignity of life in this country, be buried under such a label without any real proof, and not say a damn thing in opposition to it, we open ourselves up to having the same done to us for choosing to serve the interests of a campaign in a different way, and not riding someone else's program the way that he/she may want; or revealing some contradictions we haven’t resolved yet.

    If there is proof, then it is in the interest of the Black community for it to be put it out there clearly; if not, then we should not be throwing that allegation of “government agent” around. If the allegation is groundless and it sticks, then you took away some of the power of a brother, who—in spite of his flaws—has done some seriously good work. Dropping comments during interviews like “there are lots of reports from around the country about JR disrupting campaigns—from Houston to Cuba” (to paraphrase), but never giving specific details of what was done, is not helpful to those who really want to get at the truth.

    I am not a JR groupie or a so-called “JR Cheech and Chong Clique” member; but I respect his work. I have not been manipulated or exploited by him. The majority of conversations that we have had (and there have not been many) have ended in ideological arguments, in fact. But I am, nonetheless, standing up for JR here because I think for my damn self. The allegations simply make no sense to me. I will take a different stance if folks attach some definitive proof to those allegations.

    What is right is right; and what is wrong is wrong. Dragging someone’s name through the mud with unsubstantiated allegations is wrong. Ultimately, the interests of Black folks are really not being served by this. Ironically, we wind up serving the interests of those whose actions Black folks have for years been fighting back against: those forces who would like nothing better than to destabilize political development in the black community and have sought to do so by manufacturing scenarios where black folks are hurling false and hurtful accusations at each other.

    It is understandable and important to have discussions about “contradictions” within the context of getting rid of glitches in a movement and ensuring the movement’s ultimate health; but to make those contradictions equal to being a government agent is fucked up to say the least.

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  6. beginner mud run

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