In this passage Malcolm X addressed the narrating “I” to address the audience of the autobiography, and he explains to them why he put forward the “sordid” details of his younger years as well as tells the read why he made the decision to spend so much time writing a book at all. This passage shows the reader the important themes that Malcolm X aims to put forward in the book, and that is the theme of race and racism in addition to the theme of religion. The theme of race is present when he says, “I had sunk to the very bottom of American white man’s society.” This quote tells the reader that Malcolm X has aimed, and still aims, to show how American society puts the white man at power, and the African-American man below him. Then the theme
This journal article belabours the point that is also a common theme in “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”: Malcolm’s changing views on civil rights. Again as a result of his tumultuous childhood because of the “white man”, Malcolm generalizes all white people as essentially haters of blacks because of the negative experiences he’s had with them and the tragic ways they treated him. But, as he grows older and matures, Malcolm has the eye-opening experience of seeing people of all colors worship next to each other. This is an interaction between blacks and whites that creates a positive environment as an outcome. Because of this experience, Malcolm X becomes less resilient to the idea that people of all colors can coexist. This relates to my thesis in that showcases both a positive and negative environment created by Malcolm’s interactions, and the interactions of those around him, with white
When I first read about the Malcolm X, it reminds me on some of the Sahabat of Prophet Muhammad that had made so many sacrifices in order to spread the truth of Islam. From the first paragraph I have read about this man, I can see that he had gone through a hard life for being isolated because of the skin color. Of course, in these days, being racist is such unacceptable thing to do regardless the religion. If we take this matter from the moral perspective, racist is injustice act and this will lead to violation of human rights. Racist also might lead the extremist to be more aggressive and the safety of the country is somehow has been unsafe. Therefore, starting on today, we should respect each other, understand others’ beliefs and spread the Islam not by force or not based on the skin color.
When he joined the Nation of Islam, he changed his family name from “Little” to “X” as it was “a custom among Nation of Islam followers who considered their family names to have originated with white slaveholders” (1). Malcolm benefited the organization by being a spokesman and expanding the movement (“Malcolm X.” History. History Channel, n.d 1). He “became the minister of Temple No. 7 in Harlem and Temple No. 11 in Boston” (“Malcolm X Biography” 1). “An articulate public speaker, a charismatic personality, and an indefatigable organizer, Malcolm X expressed the pent-up anger, frustration, and bitterness of African Americans during the major phase of the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 to 1965” (Mamiya 1). He spread the idea that only a violent revolution would bring change and equality for black Americans. “You don't have a peaceful revolution. You don't have a turn-the-cheek revolution. There's no such thing as a nonviolent revolution,” he said (“Malcolm X Biography” 1). However, after his pilgrimage to Mecca, his beliefs changed and he came back to the United States with ideas of a peaceful revolution. “The true brotherhood I had seen had influenced me to recognize that anger can blind human vision,” he said. “America is the first country ... that can actually have a bloodless revolution” (1). Malcolm’s relations with
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
Due to Malcolm X’s struggles in his early life, he dealt with an internal anger and resentment towards the white race, which lead to him rebelling and acting out. When Malcolm X was only 6 years old, criminals murdered his father and sparked an internal flame of hatred. His anger convinced him to commit various crimes such as stealing. This acted as a way to rebel against his family and the white community; he would not accept going unnoticed, nor would he accept others as they treated him as inferior. Not only did young Malcolm steal, but he also fought frequently with his family members. While his family was trying desperately to make ends meet, he emphasized that “Philbert and I didn’t contribute anything. We just fought all the time-- each other at home, then at school we would
What makes a leader? I believe a leader to be intelligent ,tough, and has the determination to achieve a goal. Having certain skills will have an impact on you being a trustable leader. Being selfless and caring are also characteristics. Malcolm X his birth name Malcolm Little is a fine a example of a leader and has most of these leadership qualities. 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. Malcolm rose quickly and became the prime minister of Temple 11 in Boston a temple in which he founded. He was then given the No. 7 Temple located in Harlem. Temple No. 7 was the largest and prestigious temple known for the Nation of Islam after the headquarters in Chicago.
On April 3, 1964 Malcolm X delivered one of the most empowering speeches in American history. Two thousand people including some of his enemies turned out to hear him speak in Cleveland, Ohio. X was a black civil rights activist who played a huge role in the black community during the mid 20th century. His speech “The Ballot or the Bullet,” was about black nationalism during the current election year. At the time, blacks did not have much say in who they wanted to elect. The white politicians would come into black neighborhoods and push, press, and force it upon blacks to put them in office. What X was trying to instill into the minds of his blacks was to be their own person. He wanted them to vote for who they felt was the right choice to benefit blacks. “The
Because of this, Malcolm X urged his followers to show pride in their skin color and to think themselves as “better than the white man.” (Source E) He also created his own famous slogan, which is “The white man is the devil,” and the blacks strongly believed in this man’s methods of going against the white people by turning their hatred towards the white society. With this being said, Malcolm X preached that the only way that the blacks would feel equal to the white people by forcing themselves to think that “black pride meant black resistance, rebellion, unrestrained and unembarrassed anger.” (Source E) Although Malcolm X recognized the racial issue during the civil rights movement, he preached his methods in an immoral way by convincing the blacks that the white people are the devils, and they need to rebel against them in order to have equality. If this had happened, Malcolm X would have created an unequal society by causing hatred among the blacks and whites, and the problems would not have been
The tone was too agitated and thus sounded aggressive. Mainly he uses numerous examples to show how the white man or “white devil” has influenced many cultures mostly as a negative aspect of colonization. For example, he expressed disdain about the white man’s actions in India in 1759 and China in 1901. He perceived white men as a collective group that was nothing more than opportunists who use Christianity as their initial wedge to criminal conquests. How the white’s labeled other nonwhite cultures and civilizations as heathen and pagan. Eventually, the white man would use his weapons of war to coerce the non whites into submission and slavery (X 1005). It most likely would have been better received by whites if it wasn’t so negative towards whites. The inverse of Malcolm X would be Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK), who spoke more of all races coming together, living harmoniously and sharing everything America had to offer. MLK for the most part had the support of whites to a degree, Malcolm X did not. MLK’s tactics were more of peaceful protest to expose maltreatment of the black race (Web). Malcolm X preferred violent protest and separation in order to promote the ideas that he
On November 10th 1963 Malcom X ( Muslim Civil Rights Activist) delivered a speech to many African Americans attending the Northern Negro Grass Roots Conference. This speech would help in the fight for African American rights. Here Malcom X demonstrated how African Americans were being oppressed and directly exposed racism. This speech is important to history because it began to encourage people to act instead of wait.
"If they make the Ku Klux Klan nonviolent, I'll be nonviolent. ... But as long as you've got somebody else not being nonviolent, I don't want anybody coming to me talking any kind of nonviolent talk." He noted that there is no point if only a group of people who is trying hard to become nonviolence, but on the other hand, there were also another group of people who do violence and this is where the topic of justice comes along and according to him, if the Whites are using violence, therefore, the Blacks also need to use violence. At the outset, I did not somehow agree with his judgement but as I go along, I really managed to read what he really stands for. From my own discernment, I conceived that what Malcolm tries to deliver is that when people attack us in any manner, we should somehow attack them back in a way to protect ourselves so that others will not simply oppress and use up an action to
There are many scenes in which Malcolm X is depicted addressing crowds of African Americans on the street as well as in a temple. As he speaks to them he explains that the Nation of Islam was created to empower and unite all Africans and advocate for both segregation and equality. In this movie, it was explained how the Nation of Islam lacked some Islamic teachings. When Malcolm X went on his pilgrimage to Mecca, he ate, drank, and talked with many Muslims who were white. This changed gave him insight on the teaching that Islam is a religion for people of all types to come together, which is the opposite of what the Nation of Islam had been teaching. This, among with other scandals in the organization, caused Malcolm to separate from this organization and speak what he believed to be a more true form of
Organized into six topical groups, the author did an excellent job in comparing and contrasting King and Malcolm’s views on subjects including integration, the American dream, means of struggle, and opposing racial philosophies that needless any improvement. An interpretive introductory essay, chronology, bibliography, document headnotes, and questions for consideration provide further pedagogical support for students. The author explains how Malcolm X came closer than any social reformer in history to embodying and articulating the totality of the African experience in America while Martin Luther King was not only the most important figure in American religious history in the 20th century, he was arguably its most brilliant
Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil, John Chapter 3 Verse 18. My brothers, the devil walks amongst us, there is something terribly wrong with this country is there not? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression, a traitor coercing the conformity of a nation, in lieu of the proper, righteous King whom preserves a legitimate claim to the throne. Macbeth is traitor, a traitor to King Duncan, a traitor to God, and a traitor to you. He is a mere shadow of the man we once knew and fought beside, a myriad of problems conspired to corrupt his reason and twist his common sense. My brothers, tonight we will fight for all that is good, for the entitled King Malcolm. Tonight, we bring back what was taken from us.