Malcolm X is one of the most controversial and complex leaders of the twentieth century. Even though Malcolm X converted to Islam in prison, most of Nation’s ideologies came from the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, who was the leader of Nation and Malcolm’s spiritual father. Malcolm X was completely drawn to Nation and Muhammad’s teachings because of his past experience of racism as child and young adult. Muhammad’s ideology of race deeply impacted Malcolm X thought/views about the difference between the black and white man, and that the only way for both of them to move forward in society is by separating the two. Malcolm X used Islam as a powerful mechanism to encourage African-Americans to be self-efficient, self-motivated, and self-reliant.
However in South Africa, the oppression was a legal problem and was run by the government. Malcolm X had to stand up for what he believed against a large and powerful group of people while Nelson Mandela had to defy the entire South African government to make a change. Without these men taking a stand, the world would not be how it is today. Both men did the impossible and fought against their societies for freedom of blacks and all
Furthermore, both Malcolm X and Frederick Douglass had to struggle to be able to read. It was their desire for education that kept their dreams alive; however, Frederick Douglass thought that learning how to read was a sin and he should have killed himself (Douglas 27). To Malcolm X learning to read and write was one of his greatest accomplishments because it gave him clarity on the blindness, deafness, and dumbness that was afflicting the black race (X 6). In comparison, both advocated freedom for their people but in contrast Malcolm X wanted complete segregation from whites but Frederick Douglas wanted unity.
When Malcolm grew up,he never finished school, instead he went to a life of crime, while living with his half-sister. He moved to Harlem,where he ran numbers, sold drugs, later caught and sentenced 8-10 years in prison. In prison,Malcolm encountered teaching of Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam. Malcolm was a devoted follower of Muhammad and changed his last name to “X” to symbolize the African American name that he could never know. X adopted and preached this anti-white rhetoric, and people in the 60’s believed he was simply racist.
Malcolm had started his journey of education when he settled in “The Charleston state prison” in Boston, Massachusetts. Malcolm had never ignored the fact that he couldn’t write the same way he spoke. He was very confident about the way he spoke,but never the way he wrote. He came to be literate by self- teaching, copying down word- for- word from a dictionary. “I saw the best thing I can do was get hold of a dictionary-to study to learn some words.”
This shows the severity of racism within the society at the time. They say children are most influenced during this time, and it is clearly seen that Malcolm struggled with the constant mind game of trying to fit in and trying to stand up for what he believed was not only fair but also morally, spiritually, politically, ideologically, and ethically correct. Malcolm X was a man who came from nothing, overcame anything, and grew up to become one of the most influential and controversial people in history. He became a human rights activist not only for blacks, but for all people no matter the color of their skin. Faced with the struggles of drugs, gambling, prison, death of loved ones, prison, and hatred he continued to fight the uphill battle and spread his message to those willing to receive it.
Malcolm X was a Muslim minister who was also African American. He was a activist for human rights, Malcolm was a bold and courageous spokesperson for blacks to have rights,Malcolm X declared America “white America” to have the most harshest of terms for it’s tenacious treatments against African Americans. In the year 1946, he was sentenced to prison because he was caught breaking and entering. When he was incarcerated, he was chosen to become a member of the Nation of Islam. This is when he changed his birth name from Malcolm Little to Malcolm X. Later he had written,”Little was the name that the white slave master … had imposed upon paternal forebears” After his parole in 1952 his popularity grew and became the organization 's most influential leaders, and served as the public face of the controversial group for a dozen years.
Conspiracy theories are persisting and some investigations are going on, despite so many years. Diana Spencer found death in a car accident, in Paris, the summer of 1997. Her family believed that she will have been assassinated by a member of the British royal family. Furthermore, its claimed that Diana would have written a letter 10 months before her death saying that she was in danger. Mohammed Al-Fayed, the father of Diana’s husband climbed that she was murdered due to her upcoming marriage with a Muslim.
At her nest foster home her foster father,used her for oral sex in trade for LSD and cocaine. After this incident she moved in with her great aunt in Los Angeles. During her stay she joined a gang at the age of 12. She almost died when he was shot in the back at the age of 16. After that she made the decision to leave the gang.
Envision living in a society where innocent people are murdered simply because of a difference in their skin color. Throughout much of America’s history, many African-American’s living in southern United States faced such threats to their lives. However, it was not the actions of the individual that served to endanger the lives of African-Americans in the south but rather the actions of a group of people with similar ideas. The Ku Klux Klan group was the most infamous of all groups. The Ku Klux Klan, also abbreviated as the “KKK”, was contributed to a long lasting racism of Blacks in America that even continues on till this day.
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
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.
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.