Martin Luther King Malcolm X Rhetorical Analysis

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Whites-Blacks relations
The relationship between the two races is practically the basis of the civil rights movement. From their rhetoric, it is clear that Martin Luther King and Malcom X held quite different views on the current and future relationship of Blacks and Whites in the United States.
Martin Luther King knew that Blacks are the minority in the US and that they “cannot walk alone”. They need allies in the white majority to be able to achieve any changes. He warns therefore the threat of gaining distrust of all white people. His vision for Blacks and White in the future was to live in peace as neighbors and friends. He assured not only Blacks and White allies, but also the opponents of desegregation that they will not stop fighting
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However, there are several notions and ideas they both used in their speeches.
Both of them talk about the end of injustice and they create the sense of urgency. They claim that there is nothing to wait for and the right time is now. Malcolm X took it even further by claiming that the year 1964 will be critical. He says that there could be explosions because a lot of them are not willing to “turn the other cheek any longer”. He is demanding the civil rights when he says: "Give it to us now. Don't wait for next year. Give it to us yesterday, and that's not fast enough."
In connection to that, they also used the notion of investment and to “cash a check of the past”. The years of slavery and suffering means that they are entitled of all the civil rights and justice. Again, Malcom X is adding more radical thoughts of how US became rich thanks to slavery and now is time to pay the Blacks back.
Both of them also give the message of hope for better future. They believe that there will be change in the society, that they will achieve their goals, that there will be freedom and justice for Black
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