Over the course of Malcolm X’s life, his perspective of identity changed, particularly before and after he went to Mecca. In the speech By Any Means Necessary Malcolm stated, “The time for you and me to allow ourselves to be brutalized non-violently is passe….Be non-violent only with those who are non-violent to you”(Malcolm X). Essentially, Malcolm X is implying that we should have the rights to defend ourselves from those who cause harm to us. Before Malcolm x went to Mecca, he believed that white supremacy could not be conquered through love, but only through vigorous self-defence (“By Any Means Necessary”) . Malcolm x informs other African American about how their culture had been stripped by whites and how they created and inspired
Malcolm X, a man born into a time of extreme oppression based on the color of your skin, joined to Nation of Islam. The Nation of Islam according to the article of Malcolm X, “an African American
All because of the way they are looked upon by “Americans”. Throughout the speech, Malcolm X’s goals is to convince people that the black nation should be considered Americans, and that color should not define them as something other than that through the use of ethos, logos, and pathos. He attempts to show them that they are all the same, aside from their skin color. He brings examples of people from Europe and how just because they are the same color they are considered to be Americans, when in fact they are the actual ones who are not. He continues to give the speech in hopes to motivate the black nation to come together and unite to fight for their
The motor that drives Malcolm X into this speech was the motion. He had so much emotion he stated “you’re nothing but a 20 century slave “made anger from African Americans. The realization created many to feel emotions like Malcolm has been having. Emotions of wanting to not become the minority to a man of different pigment of color. Malcolm also stay “if you're black you were born black in the North or South.” Jail is known mainly meant for criminals and the Americans would classify the black community as criminals.
In Malcolm X’s autobiography, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, he says “All of our experiences fuse into our personality. Everything that ever happened to us is an ingredient” (153). This quote holds true throughout the whole autobiography. Malcolm tells us about his whole life from the time his family suffered through the Great Depression to the time he was fighting for black rights during the civil rights movement. Malcolm goes through many challenges in his lifetime and throughout this book we witness him struggle to get by living on his own and eventually convert to Islam and find his path in life.
The book Ghosts in Our Blood describes how Malcolm traveled around the world and met with Jan Carew during the last year of his political life. Malcolm made speeches in America and other countries to join all the African people around the world to fight for freedom. Malcolm X was as an outspoken, honest activist and spoke energetically about the poor treatment of blacks in the United States. He supported black nationalism, civil rights, and racial satisfaction. Malcolm distanced himself with his family while he was with Elijah Mohamed and his ideologies.
Although both men did an excellent job recruiting members as well as preaching their ideas I believe Malcolm X was superior due to the fact that he gained much of his support within a much shorter time period compared to Gandhi who gradually gained his followers. Both men reached a large collection of followers but Malcolm X’s language from different situations in his life helped accumulate a larger crowd making him more of a popular threat towards his opposition. Malcolm X’s attitude towards the white man pertaining to violence is what makes him superior to gandhi who was taught only to be a pacifist. The aggression from the African-Americans is what helped them gain independence in a shorter period of time compared to the lengthy process of Gandhi. Gandhi’s marches and fasts were extremely effective and brought thousands of people together to unite to eliminate a common British control, but the effectiveness of Malcolm X’s power growing to beyond his control, was a leading factor in fighting for independence.
When any historic, revolutionary figure is assassinated, it brings about chaos. So when Malcolm X was assassinated, it brought a wave of somber and doubt to the people who believed in change and equality.Malcolm X was an influential civil rights leader as well a national minister of the Nation of Islam. He dedicated his life to fighting for racial equality and improving the lives of the oppressed. He also was one of the most effective and progressive leaders in American history. Malcolm X’s assassination was not justified because he was an activist for equality, and a symbol of change; however, many people blame him for causing riots.
While Martin Luther King Jr was known for a nonviolence and taking care of situations a different way, and Malcolm X took care of things physically. King and Malcolm were two great men who impacted america greatly during the civil rights movement through many ways. While both men followed their faith and beliefs, this also affected their process of decision making. Martin Luther King Jr took in perspective that violence was never the answer. He solved things differently unlike Malcolm X.
Malcolm X was born into a time where his race was impudent, he was raised in a rough neighborhood. Frederick Douglass’s freedom was stolen by an unknown figure where he was then to be raised as a slave. Sandra Cisneros was nurtured as the only daughter of 6 sons, she was raised to believe her destiny in life was to become a wife. While the difficulties of living with only half of who you are Frederick learned to read and write, he uncovered his place in society and just like Malcolm X they wrote to spread a message. They believed they were more than what society had brought upon them.