Malcolm X Rhetorical Analysis

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Phil McGraw, better known as Dr. Phil, invited Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to his television show, Dr. Phil. The show takes place on Friday, August 30, 1963, two days after the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Dr. Phil: I’m honored to have two great leaders of the civil rights movement join me on stage today, Dr. King and Malcolm X. Thank you guys for agreeing to speak with me today.
Dr. King: Well, of course. It’s a honor!
Malcolm X: You’re welcome.
Dr. Phil: Now I know you two share the same goals of obtaining freedom, equality, and justice for black people here in America, however your approaches to accomplishing that goal are very different. We’ll get into that in a bit, first I would like to congratulate you, Dr. King, on being on of the leaders of the successful March on Washington.
Malcolm X:
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King: How long are you going to hold this resentment in your heart against these people? Have you ever heard of the saying two wrongs don’t make a right?
Malcolm X: How long are you going to love these people who don’t love you? Hell, they don’t even like you. I’ll never be able to understand how you can love a group of people who oppressed your own kind for years!
Dr. Phil: These very questions bring us to the different ways you two viewed violence. Malcolm, as you may already know, your words are always being misconstrued. The press is alway accusing you and the Nation of Islam of advocating for violence.
Malcolm X: The press is sadly mistaken. We do not advocate for violence. All we want is peaceful relations with everyone, however the white men obviously doesn’t feel the same. Black people have been victims of violence by the hands of the white men for years. We have the right to defend ourselves at all costs. The Nation of Islam teaches our people to do nothing unto anyone that they would not like to have done unto themselves. Seek peace, and never be the aggressor-but if anyone attacks you, we do not teach them to turn the other