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.
Douglass was a man needed during his time, who could inspire any crowd for the better. He was born into slavery and separated from his mother when he was an infant so he is more than experienced to know the hardships of being black. If it wasn’t for Douglass history might of been different for not just blacks but every ethnic group. Douglass is one of if not the most important inspirational leaders of the United States history ever
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.
Douglass the Great “...he [Frederick Douglass] proceeded to narrate some of the facts in his own history as a slave, and in the course of his speech gave utterance to many noble thoughts and thrilling reflections,” this quote from famed abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison depicts the strength of Douglas’s character. If it weren’t for his strength of character he wouldn’t of had the same effect on the white abolitionists that he talked to in the North. Since there wasn’t barely any slaves who knew how to read and write, Frederick Douglass was probably the most intelligent slave of his generation. During slavery, it was strictly illegal for slaves to learn how to read or write, fight against their masters, and to escape from their plantations or homes without being caught.
Since I already had somewhat background information, I decided that it was best if I wrote my essay specifically about him. I was also curious to know about his last him, after his release from Charlestown Prison; he changed his name to Malcolm X, and the X symbolized the unidentified name of his African ancestors and their tradition that had been lost during slavery. After viewing this film, my opinion changed about how one’s life is affected by so much negativity can drastically improve just by having the right people in your life, I simply learned that is never too late to realize the mistakes one has made and how to fix them. Even after dropping West Junior High School at the age of 15, he was an addict to drugs, went to jail and had no parents support, he now has a position in where an entire film is made about his life. The historical significance of this film is that it is about a man who contributed so much to society, Malcolm X is now known as the African-American leader and is an important figure worldwide, and he also articulated concepts of Black Nationalism in the 1950s and
Native son Paper: Topic Four In the novel Native Son, author Richard Wright fills the story with complex characters that are employed to depict different aspects of society. The novel takes place in 1930’s chicago, where it follows the life of Bigger Thomas, a twenty year old African American struggling to navigate the racial prejudices and poverty of the time. Throughout the story Bigger encounters characters that look to make him suffer, look to help him, and those who do some of both.
Dana goes back in time during the slave days where racism was very common, and this piece of evidence shows how rude people of color were treated. Butler draws on that experience to convey the universal theme that racism happened frequently in the past, but it’s still occurring today. Through this novel, Butler speaks to the reader with the message that racism is something that continues, and will keep on continuing for a long time. The words“ job and white” show a negative connotation, and implies that people of color did not have very pleasant lives before. Dana experienced time traveling to the past, which lead to an external conflict of dealing with racism and slavery.
Civil rights for African Americans are beneficial for the United States as a country either using violent or nonviolent methods to achieve this goal. African American civil rights have been fighting for over many years and the most used civil rights movement's methods have been by non violence used by Martin Luther King Jr. and violence used by Malcolm X. Dr. King and Malcolm X both respected civil rights movement leaders have used violence and nonviolence to their advantage to achieve the goal of African American civil rights. Both respected leaders conducted many acts to achieve the same reward with contrasting methods, even with Dr. King is Christian and Malcolm X a Muslim. America should have confronted the inequalities of the 1960’s by creating a peaceful protest and movement, but if civil rights and peace for are not given, then violence protests should take place in a certain amount of time.
king represent white people in his speech “I have a dream” he made them seem like all white men and women had this hatred towards the black community, but we know that this is not true. Not all white people wanted for the black man to be oppressed some supported the black community, for example some of the white people would escort the kids who were trying to goto integrated school. He did not show that the black community to have a hatred towards white people which was rather interesting instead he taught to “love your enemies” , unlike Malcolm X who taught that we should hold it against the white man and to fight back. So martin made it seem like the white man were the evil and that they just abused the black man, So he did not really have to make the white man look bad because they kind of made themselves look bad, but black people would start to stereotype the white man and see him as devils just like Malcolm did. So Martin luther king portrayed them as oppressor but that we should not stoop to there
But there sacrifices were not in vein as things have improved. They made the ultimate sacrifice for their descendants soon to come. But their actions did achieve many goals. They eradicated Jim Crow laws which oppressed black people for too long. All they needed to achieve a great change was great leaders.
Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little (1925-1965) was a well known human rights activist. Malcolm’s autobiography outlines events in his life that contributed to his spiritual conversion and philosophical views on black pride and black nationalism. The autobiography begins with Malcolm’s childhood and continues on into his adulthood, highlighting specific events that ultimately started him on the long road to becoming a well known and respected human rights activist. During his childhood, Malcolm was subjected to many acts of racism, and although not all acts were of a negative manor, Malcolm had to learn to navigate the conflicts that were created by living in a society racist against blacks.
Coates the writer awakens from the truth of the invention of race. As much as he wanted to believe that blackness was real, he came to the realization that it is simply and illusion and there was simply no such thing. “ I am marked by old codes, which shielded me in one world and then chained in the Next”(125). Coates and Dana will both realize they will forever will live with the pain and struggle they have witnessed on racial segregation.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X In The Autobiography of Malcolm X ,being black or even light skinned didn’t mean anything to white people. They still discriminated against you and made you feel less of a person or as Malcolm felt, a “pink poodle”. The author’s purpose here is for us to see what “black” people went through back in the day and the daily struggles to make money and feed your family. The structure, style, and content of this autobiography contribute to the power and beauty of the text.
The wise Martin Luther King once said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” (“Martin” Brainy). Martin Luther King was a very persistent person that saw all of the effects of racism, and was well know for his civil disobedience activities that helped him change the way others looked at racism. Martin Luther King, Jr’s involvement in civil disobedience was due to personal influences, he chose to participate in civil disobedience to protest racial inequality, and he did achieve success using this controversial method of standing up for what he strongly believes to be right. Civil disobedience is when a person or group protest a law
If I have to pick one event that really captivated my attention was the fight of African-American slaves to recover their rights and the conditions they used to live. They fight knowing that they will be punished or even lose their life’s, demonstrating that a correct course of action can take the history to a “happy ending”. Also this event created a domino effect that activated other necessary movements like the women vote or right to work in “men” positions. This is a meaningful event that we see today as freedom and is in my opinion the greatest change in history.