According to his speech, “the Ballot or the Bullet”, he says, “All of us have suffered in this country political oppression at the hands of the white man, economic exploitation at hands of the white man.” This shows why Malcolm X should be leader because X sees that people from different cultures like the Jews, Asians, and the Africans like us today have suffered because we ain’t white. We are isolated, mistreated and separated from applying into Congress, applying for big, big jobs like running for Presidency why?. Cause we aren’t white. Recognizes the struggle of the people is a smart move by Malcolm X because we
The audacity of whites came their various oppressions before landing in America, Douglass states, “that they had conquered the sea, and had conquered the land, but that it remained for them to conquer their prejudices,” (Douglass, 568). Educated philosophers preach the Negro inferior to the white man, Du Bois states, “Many Americans social philosophers still persist in ascribing to Negro inferiority,” (Du Bois, 42). In today it is not directly stated, but rather suggested. White is still ideal, from personal experience, some private schools in Washington D.C have a minority cap to only allow an exact number of students of color. The schools where more students of color were allowed had funding issues, thus making it difficult to have the latest tools and labs to teach in.
Since the people that would WANT to break these laws are the people from the south, they then would go to a trial with a potential all-white jury and most likely get away with what they did. This shows how Lyndon B. Johnson used the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for a political reason. There is even more evidence to be shown! Lastly, Doc E is an example of why Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In this document it shows a question that Roy Wilkins and many others had for him.
Malcolm X was against Martin Luther King when the black people were being discriminated against in the United States. Malcolm X was against negro revolution and insisted that the black people did not know the true meaning of a revolution. Because real revolutions involve land and blood, he uses persuasive techniques to persuade his audience. Malcolm X uses persuasive tools like rhetorical questions, loaded language, and figurative language to convince his audience of his claims. Malcolm X continuously used rhetorical questions throughout his speech to fill the audience with lots of information quickly without question and easy understanding.
I believe he is reaching out to whites for help, because we are the only people who have power to enact change in government. Blacks are giving a plea for help, but because the ideals of many whites have been challenge after civil rights legislation gets past there is a backlash. This backlash comes from whites feeling the need to “just approve of those commitments; it entrenches them and guards them against a time when there might well be a weakening or a loss of the commitments” (Belgrami) The 70s were this backlash during Nixons time. As a result, since the change that had come in Cookes time that he believed ‘But now I think I 'm able to carry on It 's been a long, a long time coming But I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will” However, once this change came there was so much more that had to be done and legislation ceased to exist for blacks and many racist acts still occur. To Audre Lorde this continuation of racism is seen “Somewhere on the edge of consciousness, there is what I call a mythical norm, which each one of us within our hearts knows “That’s is not me” In America, this norm is usually defined as white, thin, male young, heterosexual christen and finically secured.”(Lorde) This is the accepted definition of
Booth thought slaves should not get freedom , and freeing them would ruin the south forever. But Lincoln disagreed , because he thought it was morally wrong. Although he thought it was wrong , Lincoln didn’t believe that blacks should have the same equality as whites. Lincoln’s views of black political and social rights became clear when Senate Stephen Douglas , accused him for supporting “ Negro Equality”. He then went to say he only approved blacks the right to vote , the right to serve on juries , and to hold office and intermarry with whites.
While speaking about the possibility of voting rights for all African Americans, X asks, “How can you thank a man for giving you what’s already yours? How then can you thank him for giving you only part of what’s already yours?” These questions force listeners to realize that their rights as Americans include the right to vote, and furthermore cause the audience to feel a sense of injustice because the government is only offering them a portion of the rights any human deserves. This prompts them to demand what should have been awarded to them long ago. X calls on another aspect of America by questioning business owners in black communities by saying “Why should white people be running all the stores in our community? [...] Why should the economy of our community be in the hands of the white man?
Introduction: Malcom X urges the Negro community to fight to gain the equal rights they deserve by taking action against their white oppressors. He emphasizes that blacks will gain their rights either thorough voting, with the ballot, or else through the inevitable violence with the bullet. Thesis [part a] Like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., also fighting for the civil rights of black Americans in the 1960s, but in a more peaceful manner, Malcom X takes a different approach. Thesis [part b] What arguments does Malcolm X make in favor of violent action to reclaim African American rights? Malcom X argues that Black ballots were being wasted.
It forced those in the south to look at their treatment of African Americans in the light of their advertising of democracy to the outside world while they were killing off those who lived inside their own borders. Hobbs uses the quote of a famous scholar throughout the era to further push this point home with the quote stating “ To become the world's reformer, the United States must first democratize its domestic social and political institutions - to harmonize them with its self proclaimed global aspirations - for it is not possible to use the famous phrase, ‘to make the world safe for democracy’ as long as America itself was not genuinely
The constant stream of rhetoric from the McCain and Palin camp, aimed at manipulating the image of Obama among his white voters by portraying him as an elitist arrogant kid out of touch with average people. They tried through their rhetoric to remind the white voters that this black guy was not like them and looked down on them and how dare he. This play is one of the oldest and most predictable plays in the racist playbook (wise p 75). The radio commentator Rush Limbaugh kept insisting that Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama had been merely an act of racial bonding. Limbaugh was conceived that Powell, the lifelong Republican, had chosen to support Obama simply because of his skin color, not because he was the best candidate.
Zinn uses the lens of social justice to view American history and put forward the argument that American history is rife with racism (civil rights issues and omission of non-white historical figures), violence (genocide of Native Americans and race riots), capitalistic greed leading to immiseration (upper class and its then ownership of 2/5th of America’s wealth), and power run amok leading to a type of imperialism (worldwide military interventions). S&A put on rose-colored glasses to argue that American history is fair (the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights), and that Americans are a people of character (Adams’ refusal to create conflict) and virtue (Founding Father’s insertion of slavery-ending measures into government), thereby painting Americans as a moralistic and exceptional people. Based upon what little bit of these two books that I’ve read, I’m going to view both of their contents with skepticism; Zinn seems to be pushing a liberalist agenda, while S&A are adhering to a conservative interpretation of American history. Whenever something so blatantly biased is encountered, it is best to view it with a healthy degree of doubt. The ironic thing is, I believe that both Zinn and S&A are right: American history is violent and exclusive, Americans are a truly amazing people that have achieved greatness, and NEVER trust the federal
Module 9 Discussion Assignment Yes LeeAnna Keith believes the failure of Reconstruction was due to racism. Angry whites, seething over blacks finally gaining similar rights and some political power, worked to undermine the efforts of Reconstruction. Keith describes the assault of the Grant Parish courthouse in Colfax, Louisiana in 1873. According to Keith, the event that took place at the courthouse was a microcosm of the general intolerance and unacceptance of post-slavery black progress by racist whites (403). The Colfax courthouse was held by a group of black men who feared its takeover by whites would hamper their political will.
As Sean Willentz wrote, “the supposedly antislavery Jacksonians were actually proslavery men who feared that emancipation would cause untold thousands of undesirable blacks to emigrate to the North,” (Willentz 220). Similarly, the Gag Rule allowed members of Congress to avoid dealing with slavery by making the states decide rather than the national government (PP 33). Most white abolitionists originated in the North where the economy did not depend on slavery. Although the North abolished slavery, white supremacy remained prominent in society. Rare exceptions to this mentality included William Lloyd Garrison, who wrote the abolitionist newspaper, The Liberator, expressing views similar to the black abolitionists (Berlin 208).
The nation’s mindset revolved around white supremacy, so African Americans were never viewed as human beings, rather, they were viewed as property and white people despised them. White males did not have any respect towards African Americans because they were considered property, so they were put to work as slaves. Once slavery was abolished and president Andrew Johnson heard that congress was planning to grant formerly enslaved people to be viewed as citizens through the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, he immediately vetoed the bill. Johnson was a racist and former slave owner who said, “this is a country for white men, and by God, as long as I am president, it shall be a government for white men.” The president was the person that