Ethos within “The Ballot or the Bullet” In 1964, Malcolm X gave a speech entitled “The Ballot or the Bullet” which described how African Americans were being used and should fight for their civil rights. Malcolm X stresses on the importance of understand how to vote for the proper candidate. The reason he stresses this in his speech so much is because he believes that this is the solution to ending the discrimination against African Americans. He addressed in this speech that most of the African American community don’t understand on how to vote properly and because of this they are getting miss treated from the very people they are voting to put in office. The reason Malcolm X says “the ballot or the bullet” is that its either going to come down to the “ballot” which is allowing them to vote, or the “bullet” which is going to result in violence in order to get the rights the deserve.
To further elaborate, the dissociation between black-middle-class and the rest of America can be better explained through the portrayal of the aforementioned social class. Additionally, illustrating the daily struggles and triumphs of countless black-middle-class-families helps to further depict that, although the world may view them in a different light, they are a just like every other black family in
Civil Rights movement began officially 1955-1968 , the movement began as African Americans were being discriminated against. Martin Luther king jr and Malcolm X rose to influence the fight for African Americans. Martin Luther king jr and Malcolm X who although wanted to fight against discrimination had different ways of approaching the cause .For example , Malcolm wanted to fight back through violence and Martin Luther King jr he believed that violence was not that answer . This was known as the Civil rights movement. The Civil Rights movement was a political movement was the moment rising between the whites and the African Americans.
All of these points will be assessed in conjunction with Malcolm-X and more importantly the short term significance of the American civil-rights movement. The traditionalist opinion of Malcolm-X would include his efforts of exploiting the failed promises by the American constitution – through his prestigious ‘Ballot or the Bullet’ speech as well as giving African-Americans an identity through his promotion of afrocentricity. However - the revisionist view of Malcolm-X can be seen as controversial due to his shifting motives towards civil-rights (His involvement and departure of NOI). His main motive was to give identity to African-Americans; however controversies included ‘revolutionary views’ against the white imperialists, shifting motives and finally ideologies of segregation. Finally; Malcolm-X’s role is significant in conjunction with advancing civil-rights, despite these controversies.
Racist Americans formed a large hate group, with membership increasing each month. This was their way to terrorize African Americans. The Encyclopedia of American Social History describes the Klan as “The Klan attempted to meet its goals through vigilantism, in which it terrorized moral” (Page 6). Any person living in the United States should not fear or be afraid living in their country. As the Jim Crow Laws went to effect in the south to the north, this was a positive impact because “Migration itself is a result of both push and pull factors, prejudice, better economic opportunities, discrimination...”(Page 7) The population of African Americans diminished in the south after the Civil
Jefferson believes that slavery should be abolished because not only did it deprive the Black’s right to liberty, it also undermined the self control white men had to self republic. However, Jefferson felt that if the blacks were to be excluded from the nation and immediately removed from the Country if they were to be freed. The reason Jefferson wanted Blacks to get exported from the country was because he feared that they would retaliate with hatred from all the suffering they have endured from the power and merciless force of the white men. Jefferson not only feared the blacks, he also
This tenant demands a trial made of people similar to the people in trial, so in this case black citizens. 10. This is the strongest of the 10 points in the Ten Point Program, as it calls for the right to form their own government and create their own laws and rules to live by. The Party wants the black citizens to be separate from the white people, but don’t want to be mistreated, and so they want the right to exclude themselves from U.S. governed
DuBois, describing the ideas of B.T.Washington, doesn’t see the reality, because he believes that the problem of accepting African Americans by the society is a problem of the whole nation, and that the whole nation should make an effort for equality. His main idea is that accepting African Americans in the socity as citizens with civil rights is a business of both sides: those who accept and those who are being accepted: “On the whole the distinct impression left by Mr Washington’s propaganda is that his future depends on his own efforts“. W.E.B. DuBois critisizes Washington, but he doesn’t count the fact that not all the social groups can realize that African Americans are not submitted anymore and that they have full civil rights now. While Mr Washington tells thst the success of African Americans depends on their own efforts, W.E.B.
In social scope he had a big influence on opinions and life discernment of black population disseminating philosophies of equivalence and skillful labor. Washington accepted a distinct and unequal life for black people, but acknowledged black power, self-empowerment, and common
Black Panthers: Black Power! “Black Power” is a phrase that will forever be symbolic in our American society, a phrase made popular by the Black Panther Party during the height of the American Civil Rights Movement. Black power has had its history deeply rooted into civil rights for black people going as far back as slavery in the 1800s. The politics behind the Black Panther Party comes from years of oppression and responding to it not with the same oppression, but with self-determination. The Black Panthers have had much influence in black culture today and will forever be remembered as one of the greatest American black political organizations in the course of our American history.