A revolutionary by the name of Malcolm Little, later changing his name to Malcolm X, rose up and created the belief of Black Nationalism. Malcolm X believed in fighting the enemy (white people) and creating a segregated Black community through forceful measures. Dr. King however desired to bring change by peaceful protest and reached out to all races to join the battle against segregation. We can compare the lives and ideals of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X and say they have the same ideas, but their methods and desires for change are much different. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X developed their positions and philosophies as a result of their personal experience in a Jim Crow nation that legalized and institutionalized discrimination.
The book offers a view from the Afro-American life that I never would have seen otherwise. Before reading the book, I had the image of Malcolm X being a radical leader, encouraging violence and supporting Pan-Africanism. What I now understand is that Malcolm, along with every other single Afro-American, have been undergoing some of the worst discrimination in history. Malcolm gave support to the Afro-American in the fact that he preached the white man was to be the devil while under Black Muslimism, I cannot blame him for doing so as I would have as well if placed in his shoes. Not only that but in Malcolm’s last years he converted to Islam, where he was introduced to a world of peace where races could co-exist with no problems, only after being outlawed from Black Muslims where Malcolm gave many years of devotion to promote the religion, also another example of the hardship Malcolm was faced
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