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Turkey Renames Road to U.S. Embassy After Malcolm X

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The road leading to the new U.S. Embassy in Turkey will be renamed Malcolm X avenue after the civil rights activist, CNN reports.

City assembly members accepted the name change in a unanimous decision, Turkish officials announced on Saturday in Ankara, the country’s capital.

The decision will most likely be met with controversy by U.S. officials due to Malcolm X being viewed as a radical, who promoted violence, spoke negatively about the U.S. and stirred racial tension.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with Malcolm X’s daughter in September when he visited the U.S. for the United Nations’ general assembly meeting, according to Daily Sabah.

“It was my great honor to meet with such a leader, especially in the name of human dignity, compassion and social justice,” Ilyasah Shabazz, one of Malcolm X’s daughters, told Anadolu Agency.

Turkey has changed the name of streets that house diplomatic buildings to send a political message before, according to Bloomberg.

Following a tweet by the United Arab Emirates foreign minister that appeared to criticize an Ottoman Turkish military commander, Fahreddin Pasa, Turkey renamed the UAE embassy’s street after him. And the current U.S. embassy’s street was changed to “Olive Branch Road” in February, a reference to the Turkish military operation in Syria against the Kurdish YPG, a group allied with the U.S. but which Turkey views as a terrorist organization.

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