In the novel "The Autobiography of Malcom X", why does Malcolm get silenced and how does he react?Chapter 16

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In unintentional defiance of Elijah Muhammad's decree that no comment should be made by Muslims on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X had publicly stated, in answer to a question posed after a speaking engagement, that the assassination was the result of the white man's hate.  Mr. Muhammad reprimands Malcolm for his gaffe by silencing him for ninety days, ostensibly so that "Muslims everywhere can be disassociated from the blunder".  Malcolm initially submits to Mr. Muhammad's judgement, but then begins to think about the all-encompassing and well-planned nature of his banishment as well as the growing animosity he had felt beforehand.  In hearing the propoganda directed against him by the Nation of Islam, Malcolm comes to believe that he has been betrayed, and is being pushed out of the organization.  In a state of emotional turmoil, Malcolm finds support from his wife and an old friend, Cassius Clay, better known as the boxer, Mohammed Ali.  After a period of renewal, Malcolm makes plans to start a new organization which would "embrace all faiths of black men, and...carry into practice what the Nation of Islam only preached".  Malcolm's group would be known as the Muslim Mosque, headquartered in Harlem, and, in preparation for this new undertaking, Malcolm makes plans for a pilgrimage to Mecca (Chapter 16).

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