Was Malcolm X's Assassination Unjust?

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Is it justified to brutally murder a progressive supporter of civil rights for stating their beliefs in a positive and peaceful way? In the case of Malcolm X, supporters of the Nation of Islam thought it was. Malcolm X was assassinated on February 21st 1965. He was getting ready to deliver a speech in the Audubon Ballroom in New York City. As he began to speak, he was shot several times in the chest by three men believed to be members of the Nation of Islam. He was rushed to the hospital, but was pronounced dead a few minutes after the attack (Kihss). The assassination of Malcolm X was unjust because he was a great leader who wished for a positive change in American society and was rapidly changing his views to fit a more peaceful stance; however, when he discarded many of the Nation of Islam’s views in favor of more traditional Islamic views, the Nation of Islam believed his new ideals were putting their organization in jeopardy. The Malcolm X’s assassination was sorely unjust because he was a great leader who wished for a positive change in American society. During the 1960s, the civil rights movement was in full swing, and one of the most influential leaders during this time was Malcolm X. He was an idol for many African-Americans during that time, a great debater, a powerful public speaker, his followers looked up to him and embraced his “the…show more content…
After a pilgrimage to Mecca, Malcolm realized that what the Nation of Islam’s teachings did not reflect the more peaceful views traditional Muslims had. His opinions on civil rights shortly before his death reflected that of Martin Luther King Jr., He began to embrace peaceful protests and publicly announced how his trip had shown him what was right and that the Nation of Islam was doing was wrong, he wished for people of all races to peacefully accept each
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