Throughout the United States history, there have been some influential minority individuals and groups who have significantly influenced the nation. America is a state well known to have been founded entirely on the standards of equality as well as freedom, but it was actually established through the struggles, sweat, and blood of millions of minority Africans who were pulled out of their original native land and exploited as slaves. The Africans and other minority groups were perceived as inferior to whites and were often exposed to brutal punishments. Nevertheless, in 1960's most of the minority groups and individuals especially the Blacks were fed up with the injustices and were determined to use tireless efforts to fight for their rights.
What were Malcolm X’s beliefs? What did he hope to see change, and how for that matter did he believe he could make those changes happen? While analyzing Malcolm X and Black Rage, written by Cornel West, questions such as those are brought to light. Malcolm X’s motives are further explored as author Cornel West goes into depth and critiques Malcolm X’s tactics, such as black rage and psychic conversion, why they were such an important part of his philosophy, and if he believed said tactics were effective.
Malcolm X was a black nationalist leader, who was very passionate in leading the fight against discrimination. His troubled childhood, along with the time period he grew up in, gave him the experience of dealing with racism and fabricated him into the great activist he was. In his speech “The Ballot or the Bullet” Malcolm preaches about how black people were suffering from social, economic, and political oppression at the hands of white people and how he wants black people to break from this oppression. Throughout the speech he conveys that fact that all people should be equal no matter what and how he is furious with the actions of white people. Likewise, he makes the audience believe that they need to establish equality, even if it is by
Frederick Douglass and Malcolm X were great revolutionary leaders. Their motives inspired others to be against the segregated 20th century. Frederick Douglass is famous for writing “Learning to Read”. The intended audience would have been anyone. Learning to Read was written in 1845 and it is a narrative.
In “Learning to Read”, Malcolm X uses rhetorical analysis to argue how African Americans continued to struggle in gaining education due to racism. He informs people that through our history books, there have been modifications that restrain the truth about the struggles black people faced. Malcolm X encouraged his audience to strive to get the rights that they deserved. He demonstrates that knowledge is very important because the truth empowers us. In his interview he persuades his audience with diction, tone, pathos, ethos, and appeal to emotion to make his point.
In the Malcolm X speech, he uses many literary devices in order to convey his message to other African Americans to make a difference. Throughout his speech, he uses anaphora to make his ideas prominent; phrases like “I’m not a …” demonstrate not what he isn’t but what he is, or “One of the 22 million black people” is his way of showing the importance of each and every black person in America. When he talks about his metaphor, comparing waiting for his rights to waiting for a meal in a diner, he is proving that it is not okay to work as hard as you do and sit and wait and wait and wait for something you don’t have while another person can just show up and get whatever they want. “I don’t see any American dream; I see an American nightmare”
African american rights were the main concern of many people, along with government corruption and the unwillingness to help. Malcolm X was no banal man he was a extravagant civil rights speaker, he showed the truth on how coming together can put the end to African American indifference. Due to the lack of government the dichotomy between african americans and the white men was still a major problem ; as African americans needed to put and end to the separation and earn civil rights. Malcolm speaks out to all who are willing to obtain their civil rights. ”In Ballot or Bullet” Malcolm X uses Anaphora, Antithesis, Ethical Appeal, Word choice, and Rhetorical question to show the lack of support from government and how coming together can help fight back.
Thesis: In “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”, Malcolm X in his telling of his life to Alex Haley uncovers the theme of positive and negative environments unearthed by the interaction of African Americans and White Americans in his life and what those kinds of environments inherently produce. Annotated Bibliography Nelson, Emmanuel S. Ethnic American Literature: an Encyclopedia for Students. Greenwood, An Imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2015.This encyclopedia points out that the negative interaction he held with the white man as a young hustler was countered by these same experiences pushing Malcolm X to reclaim his “African identity”. This shows, as described by the cited work, what a man pushed by his negative interactions with the oppressive white men is willing to do to find his identity (i.e. through hustling).
Malcolm X the Activist: Analysis of “The Ballot or the Bullet” Speech On April 12, 1964, Malcom X gives “The Ballot or the Bullet” speech at Cory Methodist Church in Detroit, Michigan. Malcolm’s main purpose of the speech is to persuade African Americans to fight for their right to vote and to warn the U.S. government that if they restrict minorities from equality, violence will in turn take effect (Montoya 211). Malcolm X is speaking to his intended audience, which is the black community, about taking action for the Black Nationalist movement, and he also addresses his unintended audience, which is the white community and the United States government, in order to show that he is serious about the revolution and they need to act or violence
Malcolm X is one of the world’s most influential human rights activist who ever lived. He helped the muslim community grow immensely and pushed for African American rights and was an african american muslim minister, Malcolm X set out to spread his beliefs and his way of thinking all of america gaining more and more followers pushing African Americans to fight for their freedom. A famous quote that Malcolm X once said was that “If you're not ready to die for it, put the word ‘freedom’ out of your vocabulary.” Malcolm X plays a huge role in history but before he_does his life explains why and what drove him to become the man he is known as today and this is his story.
It's a radical extremist REVOLUTION for equality Malcolm X once said “If you’re not ready to die for it, put the word ‘freedom’ out of your vocabulary.” This is just one of many quotes that show how much X believed in his cause. Malcolm was definitely a forerunner and distinguished person when it came to people fighting equality. He fought not only for african americans and muslims, but for humans of all races to be equal.
In his debate with James Baldwin, Malcom X explains why African Americans should use a forceful approach to achieve equality in America, and why he doesn’t agree with the sit in movement. He claims that if we use nonviolent protest, we are waiting for equality instead of demanding it. Then he goes on to describe the hope of integration has made African Americans soft and “disabled” them to stand up and fight. He also uses history, describing moments like Pearl Harbor, when whites were attacked and didn’t turn the other cheek, so he asks why should black people. Malcolm X sees that the African Americans should stand as one and fight oppression instead of waiting for it to happen.
Malcolm X became one the most crucial world wide speaker for the Black Muslims. His debating abilities against white and black rivals helped spread the organization's message. He uses his strong and violent talks to remind black people that they should not be following the white man’s footsteps because they were already abandoned by the white man and that they should not be discouraged by them. He believes that black people are blinded by the supremacy of the white man and that they (Africans) believe that the color white is greater or higher than the color black. Malcolm X is a prominent figure in history.