They were beaten and imprisoned for their beliefs as shown in the sources above, but they continued to fight for racial integration and to also rise and stand up for themselves and equality. After about a hundred years of mistreatment and being denied their basic human and civil rights, the African Americans defeated the laws that were put down on them and overcame the tragedies during the era of Jim Crow.
Unfortunately, situations like slavery and the many decades of inequality towards African Americans occurred. It took the majority a long time to consider both unacceptable. Martin Luther King faced the decision of not accepting unjust laws or waiting for the rest of the U.S. to unders... ... middle of paper ... ...inorities and African Americans. The arguments and fights led by Thoreau and King were more than just fights against inequality. They were lessons.
The Brown v. Board of Education case was a start of many that began to transform American Democracy. African-Americans soon realized that they had to do something if they wanted to gain their rights back. They saw that they all had the responsibility to fight back against the government’s decision of de jure segregation. Many saw that they had to use the path of civil disobedience as portrayed through Martin Luther King Jr., but the rise of Black Nationalism made many people around the country forget that they had a responsibility as a people. Militant groups and leaders such as the Black Panther Party and Malcolm X started riots and “rebellions” that not only showed that they were very serious about gett... ... middle of paper ... ...journey on the road to integration when they first stepped foot on the American continent, but now had earned their right to be treated equally with their white brethren.
The beginning of the civil rights movement for African Americans was originally geared towards desegregation, voting rights, and equal opportunities. But, many African Americans began to realize the problem was much deeper than that. African Americans were inferior in the eyes of a white man, and no laws were going to change their views. This is where the black power movement comes into place. With violence, African Americans believed they could start a revolution.
Malcolm X’s philosophies, which centered more on blacks accepting themselves, and loving themselves, and creating their own sense of pride, was deemed racist by the media and he was portrayed as militant/violent by the Civil Rights Activists, when in fact Malcolm X’s teachings contain the exact remedy that we “victims of America” (Malcolm X uses this term to distinguish the fact that blacks were not brought to America out of their own volition) need in order to live the best lives in the conditions that we have been forced into by whites. Booker T. Washington, born in 1856, was a prominent leader of the black community during the years following the abolishment of slavery, who believed that equality and respect for blacks would be gained over time. Washington preached to his followers that they should work on bettering themselves, not through liberal education, but by learning a trade or vocation which could be of service to either the black or white community, and that in time, whites would allow blacks to assimilate into their society. William Edward Burghardt Dubois, born in 1868 and more commonly known as W. E. B Dubois, was Washington’s adversary. Dubois preached that blacks should demand their rights, both human and civil, and that this w... ... middle of paper ... ...proach of the Civil Rights Movement, led by Dr. King and financed by whites, would lead to the loss of black pride because it would encourage blacks to “try to be white” in order to “fit in” the white society.
He still wanted to end the racial segregation, but he never wanted coexistent afterwards. His philosophy was that the western culture was racist and the Negros needed to form Black Nationalism. In his ideal nation, the Negros would unite and develop self-dependence away from the white because in the global scale, they were a majority, not ... ... middle of paper ... ... achievements. Obama may have not created any drastic changes yet, but he has captured the attention of the world and we are all waiting to see what he will bring out. Throughout history, some individuals have stepped up against the wrongs of society and brought about change through distinctive methods.
5. Malcolm X used methods of resistance that pushed the U.S. government away, joining g... ... middle of paper ... ...that African-Americans should be taking. 14. Even if Civil Rights legislation were to take hold, Malcolm X argued that the only circumstance under which it would be enforced would be a police state: if the government was in explicit control of the lives of U.S. citizens. Otherwise, in his opinion, legislative change would be completely ineffective, and in stating this, he reinforced his standpoint that legislative change was the wrong course of action.
Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois are two incredibly famous civil rights activists in United States history. Although they both sought to uplift blacks socially and economically across the country, they clashed over the best strategy for doing so. Coming from vastly different backgrounds, it’s understandable as to why they disagreed. However, as is evident by our current societal problems, Du Bois was the one who had the correct plan.
and Malcolm X had opposite views when it came down to how they wanted to fight the Civil Rights Movement. King took the nonviolent path while Malcolm X led his way down the violent path. King believed that blacks should not cooperate with evil, but rather with marching and boycotting. He believed that violence increased hate and that it was a spiral that leads to nowhere, it solves no problems. He had considered violence but then said, “in the event of a violent revolution.
Malcolm X realized that “anger could blind human vision” (X, 1965). In realizing this, X knew that in order to achieve racial freedom blacks had to “forget hypocritical politics and propaganda” (X, 1965). While Malcolm X was more so an advocate for violent forces against white people than King, X merely used force when it became necessary for defense. According to X, “I don’t go for non-violence if it also means a delayed solution. I am for violence if non-violence means we continue postponing a solution to American black man’s problem” (X, 1965).