In the 5min speech below, malcolm x makes an argument in favor of violence when violence is called for excerpts: we are peaceful people, we are loving people we love everybody who loves us but we don’t love anybody who doesn’t love us we’re nonviolent with people who are nonviolent with us. After the action of the film has ended, lee displays two quotations in white text against a black background, one from martin luther king and one from malcolm x, espousing opposing views about the place of violence in the fight for civil rights. Malcolm x malcolm x ap the growing hostility between malcolm and the nation led to death threats and open violence against him on february 21, 1965, malcolm was assassinated while delivering a lecture at the audubon ballroom in harlem three members of the nation of islam were convicted of the murder. Figure 2 interview of alex haley about malcolm x and the book malcolm x was born in in nebraska on may 19, 1925, although he moved many times in his early years due to threats his family received due to his father’s outspoken views of the civil rights movement.
Malcolm x was a prominent figure during the civil rights era offering an alternative view to the mainstream civil rights movement, malcolm x advocated for both the establishment of a separate black community (rather than integration) and the use of violence in self-defense (rather than non-violence. A primary source taken from a quote from the new york times newspaper states how malcolm x ‘had the ingredients for leadership’, although his ‘ruthless and fanatical belief in violence’ prevented x from becoming the sort of leader which he had hoped. Malcolm x, a member of the nation of islam, vented the feelings of disillusionment and anger that were common in the northern ghettos a witty and articulate speaker, he openly castigated whites.
Violence and the views of malcolm x 928 words | 4 pages cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding” one of my favorite quotes by ralph waldo emerson, the leading figure in the transcendentalism. Malcolm x, on the other hand, was a supporter of by any means necessary he was thus a supporter of using violence, if need be, to achieve his objectives he was also distrustful of whites and. Malcolm x's views on when violence was justified were presented in terms of defending the african-american community from physical attacks such as occurred throughout the american south and from. Malcolm x was a human rights activists, a speaker/author and a african american muslim minister to his admirers he was a courageous advocate for the rights of blacks, a man who indicted white america in the harshest terms for its crimes against black americans.
To my knowledge, malcolm x was fairly often the target of bombings and other attacks (and he was eventually assassinated), but never the source or the director of any acts of violence directed against police, fbi, or even unofficial organizations that were at odds with the nation of islam and had their own supply of weapons. Malcolm x speaks: selected speeches and statements book by malcolm x edited by george breitman, 1965 i am for violence if non-violence means we continue postponing a solution to the american black man's problem just to avoid violence. This feature is not available right now please try again later. For malcolm x, violence was more of a response that anything else it was a form of self-defense that he could no longer avoid for martin luther king jr another center figure just like malcolm x, violence was something else.
Malcolm x's own bleak childhood and criminal young adulthood helped shape his radical views and gave him insight into the lives of his primary audience--hundreds of thousands of african-americans trapped in the ghettos of america's largest cities. Malcolm x had the ingredients for leadership, but his ruthless and fanatical belief in violence not only set him apart from the responsible leaders of the civil rights movement and the overwhelming majority of negroes. Articulate, passionate and a naturally gifted and inspirational orator, malcolm x exhorted blacks to cast off the shackles of racism by any means necessary, including violence.
Though their views on nonviolence and violence were different, they complemented and corrected each other, showing us that an abstract, absolutist, and uncritical commitment to violence or nonviolence, to malcolm or martin, is wrongheaded. Malcolm x symbolized black defiance and self respect (norton and others 495) he was one of the greatest forces that shaped the current understanding and interpretation given to conflict and violence in the world politics today. In 1992 the spike lee film malcolm x made the autobiography of malcolm x (1965) a best seller, and sparked a renewal of interest in malcolm in the early twenty-first century, he was more popular than ever in the african american community, especially among the young. While king advocated non-violent direct action and passive resistance to achieve equal civil rights, malcolm x was the spokesman for the nation of islam (noi), the black muslim movement which.
Malcolm x was much more complex and insightful than that, so that i also felt an obligation to examine what he wrote about violence and nonviolence, separatism and integration, black nationalism. One of nine children, malcolm x was born malcolm little in omaha, neb his father, a civil rights activist and baptist minister, moved the family a number of times during malcolm's childhood in. History 4460 malcolm x & martin luther king jr non-violent v violent resistance in the civil rights movement in the american south tiffany gallati although dr martin luther king jr is the man most commonly identified with achieving equal rights for african americans, his philosophy of non. Malcolm x, theactivist and outspoken public voice of the black muslim faith, challenged the mainstream civil rights movement and the nonviolent pursuit of integration championed by martin luther.