Jaimie Collier Dr. Kuru THRS 315 30 April 2015 Review of the Autobiography of Malcolm X “America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem.” * Malcolm X Malcolm X was a polarizing social rights figure who brought racial inequality to light. He was radical, but preached non-violence. He was also dynamic in the way he viewed racism. His beginning years he preached militancy and separatism, but towards his later years he abandoned his strict separation of the races and started demanding unity. He stopped his strict anti-white views and started seeing how the two races could work together as one.
Upon release, Malcolm X rapidly gained prominence in the Nation of Islam and traveled the United States, founding new mosques in many cities. During his travels, he became acquainted with public speaking while trying to gain converts, and advocated for a black uprising. Unintentionally gaining more attention than the founder himself, Malcolm gained the position of National Minister, only to have a falling out with the Nation of Islam after a scandal and disagreement on how to best draw in black support. After the falling out, he founded Muslim Mosque, Inc., an organization that calls on all African-Americans, regardless of religion, to help take a stand against white racism. In his autobiography, Malcolm X continued his controversial, yet honest arguments.
Malcolm X was a controversial speaker who often used the Constitution as a body of law and appeals to ‘the human condition and universal human rights’ to logically assess the status of African Americans progress in the nation. He also used many emotional appeals to get his point across to diverse audiences who might only understand his desire for African American progress and freedom in terms of their own self-interest, political ideals, morals, and self awareness. In his speech, “The Ballot or the Bullet,” given on April 3, 1964 in Cleveland, Ohio he uses repetition, parallelism, scesis onomaton, antithesis, and metaphor to explain that the Democratic President Johnson, while stating his ideals are pro-African American and “Pro Civil Rights” for African Americans and others, are hypocritical and indeed just as toxic for black progress as the more obvious anti-black sentiments of that period’s Republican constituents who openly thwarted black progress through segregation and voting laws that prevented blacks from casting ballots on their own behalf, miscounting votes, or by discouraging voting altogether. Malcolm X states, “It was the black man’s vote that put the present administration in Washington D.C. Your vote, your dumb vote, your ignorant vote, your wasted vote put in an administration...that has seen
Centuries later the Negro community was still riddled by racial injustice and oppression. These contradictions to the original visions of the founding fathers were still very much in existence when Dr. King made his speech. A scholar who graduated and received a bachelor degree in sociology from Morehouse College, Martin Luther King’s speech, “I Have a Dream” was carefully crafted to encourage and motivate the predominantly Negro audience to take a stand for an equal democracy. “This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off… Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.” King’s tone when he delivered his speech was derived from the cadence and rhythms of a preacher. His speech consisted of various literary elements such as figurative language and repetitive phrases that painted a vivid mural in the mind of the listener: “My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.
Textual Analysis Final Draft The black freedom with Islamic thinking "The Black revolution" is a speech by Malc0lm X that was delivered in June 1963. The speech depicts the urge for freedom of the black masses. At the time of the speech, many blacks were struggling for their rights and this explains why Malcolm X commenced his speech by abounding various questions to the people. Research asserts that Malcolm X delivered his speech in the Abyssinian Baptist Church, which comprised of the Black masses that supported the idea of integration and living together as equal people in the United States. Notably, Malcolm X advanced this speech before he joined the Nation of Islam, which explains the difference in his opinions after joining the Nation of Islam.
The Constitution, until recently, did not apply to blacks; blacks feel they deserve payments from 310 years of slavery, destruction to their minds and culture. Dr. Martin Luther King's dilemma in the United States was of a different kind. He was torn between his identity as a Black man of African descent and his identity as an American. He urged Americans to judge based on the content of the character not by skin color and also believed in non-violent protests. Martin Luther King Jr’s main perspective during the fight on racism was equality.
Born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska on May 19, 1925, he converted to Islam while serving time in prison from 1946 to 1952. Upon his release from prison he joined the Nation of Islam (NoI) and dropped his surname of “Little” and replaced it with “X” as was common practice of members of the Nation of Islam. Malcolm X preached of the evil that white society represented and the superiority of black over whites. He urged his followers to defend themselves “by any means necessary” which included and endorsed the use of violence. These ideals later served as the foundation for Black Nationalism and the Back Power movements.
Elijah Muhammad - Was an African American religious leader, who led the Nation of Islam from 1934 until his death in 1975. He was a mentor to Malcolm X, Louis Farrakhan, Muhammad Ali; and his son Warith Deen Mohammed. 12. Malcolm X - An African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist. 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.
Sharpton is a Baptist minister, political leader and civil rights activists, who was endured many hardships because of his radical methods of self-justified rebellion within our society. In decades past, Sharpton proudly represented and fought for the rights of the African American race. He has also been a leader though out many struggles in our country on the forefront of the struggle for rights and movements for equality, justice and peace. At what is presumed to be the peak of his political career, in 2004 Sharpton was a candidate for the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Presidential election. Though Reverend Sharpton is respected by many, he has not always been hailed for his words and actions.
The slave trade that existed in Africa after the end of the eighth century was started by Muslim merchants who came seeking for slaves to distribute in the Mediterranean basin and around the Indian Ocean. This was the official beginning of mass slave trading that continued for centuries until the abolishment of slave trading in the early 19th century. If you were to ask John Wesley, though, the slave trade should have never even taken place. In his pamphlet “Thoughts Upon Slavery”, published in 1774, Wesley writes a plea to the humanity of individuals to abolish the distribution of slaves. His plea is designed to cause self-reflection of the actions and events that happen in the kidnapping and selling of slaves with a focus on faith in a deity of power, or an almighty God.