Afro-American Struggle: Malcolm X’s Views on the White Race Malcolm X was a controversial figure in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s. He was well known for his extremist ideals involving religion, politics, and most importantly, race. X was very explicit while he described the white race in his autobiography. He blames the whites for the majority of everything bad in his life. His hasty views on the white race created media frenzy and boosted him to be one of the leaders in the Civil Rights Movement. The Autobiography of Malcolm X, as told to Alex Haley, successfully depicts the transformation of X’s social and political views regarding the white race in the 1960’s. His stories justifying his beliefs are very persuasive and effective, however they are incredibly narrow-minded and do not present plausible cause for such extremist views on an entire race. In the beginning of Malcolm X’s life, his views were very focused on the wickedness and immorality of the whites. He described them as “devils” and “liars.” “Every time you see the white man, you see the devil” (Haley 245). He was against the white race and refused to receive help from them. X fought for segregation between the races, instead of the popular civil rights motive for integration. He developed an extreme hatred for whites while he was in prison with the influence of his mentor and religious idol, Elijah Muhammad. Muhammad was against all whites and viewed them as devils. A quotation from the text that shows X’s views on Eljah Muhammad is “… was that Elijah Muhammad in every aspect of his existence was a symbol of moral, mental, and spiritual reform among the American black people” (Haley 339). This causes Malcolm X to evaluate all of the white people that he has ever encountered and found in all cases they have caused him misery in his life. He also blames the white race for taking advantage of the poor ghettos to make themselves richer. All this resentment toward the white race is prominent in his political and social views during his stand for civil rights. Later in life, Malcolm X decided to travel the world and make the Hajj, or the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. During this exposure to the real aspects and people of the Islam faith, his ideals and beliefs toward the white people had changed. He had learned that the Islamic faith was “colorblind” and that race had no bearings in the religion. After his life changing experiences in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, he realized that not all white people are evil. In fact, he decided to include the “good” whites in his social activism, by having the “good” whites convert other whites to follow his cause of Civil Rights activism. A quote from the autobiography that states his new found views is “I don’t speak against the sincere, well-meaning, good white people. I learned there are some. I have learned that not all white people are racists. I am speaking against and my fight is against white racists. I firmly believe that Negros have the right to fight against these racists, by any means necessary” (Haley 422). This quotation also proves that Malcolm X admits that he was wrong in his previous beliefs and that his beliefs generalized all white people as evil. This shows how he was so narrow-minded in his earlier years. Malcolm X’s autobiography makes a clear argument for his social beliefs against white people by using examples from his life to tell the reader why white people are so evil. For example, in the beginning of the autobiography, he explains how the white man killed his father, and how the white man forced his mother into a mental institution. He also explains later in the autobiography that the white man took advantage of the ghettos and reaped benefits from taking advantage of the poor. He also blamed the white man for giving him a longer prison sentence that he deserved. Instances of how the white man negatively affected his, and other black people’s lives flood the autobiography. All
Message to the Grassroots was a monumental speech because it was delivered by a monumental man, Malcolm X. In the speech he openly opposed popular opinions like that of Martin Luther King Jr., and he encouraged a bloody revolution.
In this speech, Malcolm X is critical of the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and his ideals. King was a peaceful Christian-man who wanted to stop segregation against African Americans which was similar to what Malcolm X hoped for.…
Malcolm X opposed the mainstream civil rights movement, publicly calling for black separatism and rejecting nonviolence and integration as effective means of combating racism.
I. Main Point 1: Hard times Malcolm X had growing up.
II. Main Point 2: How getting in trouble with law effect his way of life & how it change him forever.
While King was continuing his traditional education a new form of schooling grew out of an angry, uneducated, incarcerated Malcolm X. Who found inspiration through his so obvious preventions while composing a letter to Elijah Muhammad; feeling completely illiterate Malcolm believed he “wasn’t even functional” (2) when it came to communication. He found that he needed to pursue a self-based education which began in the Norfolk Prison Colony Library.…
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“My First Conk” The Autobiography of Malcom X
The thesis of “My First Conk” by Malcolm X is the altering of one’s self to achieve acceptance in society. The first sentence indicates the underlying theme that supports the thesis, “Shorty soon decided that my hair was finally long enough to be conked.”…
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
The autobiography of Malcolm X tells the life story of Malcolm X, a black male that
grew up a troubled teen turned criminal to become a renowned and controversial
speaker. Born Malcolm Little in Lansing, Michigan he transformed from a misbehaving
boy in school to a man who gave hope to black people . The book starts with Malcolm
telling about his childhood. Malcolm’s childhood was grim and thus set the tone of the
Like Malcolm X, Santiago Baca was a troubled young man. He was abandoned by his parent at the age of 2 and was taken in by his grandparents for several years before being placed in a orphanage. He ran away and wounded up living in the streets and at the age of 21 he was arrested for drug possession, he was sentence to 6 and a half years. Unlike the prison Malcolm X was in the prison Baca was in frowned on inmates reading.…
Malcolm X is truly a man shaped by experience. From his childhood filled with racism, to his jail experience and following of Elijah Muhammad to his pilgrimage to Mecca all the way to the end of his life. He impacted the people and created a movement and awakening of black consciousness throughout America, the Middle East and Africa. He rejected the mainstream Civil Rights Movement of non-violence which was led by Dr.Martin Luther King Jr and the NAACP.…
Muhammad Ali, Rosa Parks, and Malcolm X. I choose these people because they all
played a significant role in the Civil Rights Movement. As well as taking a part in the civil
rights movement are great role models examples for young people everywhere.
Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most influential people in the United States
history. In 1964 King influenced a large march through St.…
Aside from Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael the Black Power Movement wasn't largely organized. As said by Peniel Joseph, a history professor at Tufts University:
Historians of the modern civil rights movement generally view Black Power as a
WHAT WAS THE BLACK POWER MOVEMENT? 4
movement comprised of armed urban militants inspired more by rage than an actual political program.…
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The Black Power movement was a collective social and political expression of pride, strength, and self-determination during the late 1960s and 1970s in the United States. It was a logical progress of the African Americans civil rights movement. However, the era of Black Power movement overlapped with an expansion of African Americans’ political power development and therefore, it was interpreted differently within and outside the black communities.…