Malcom X vs. Mlk Ideology

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sMalcom X versus Martin Luther King Emily Voutes Malcolm X (1925-1965): Even his own name is a stab to the opinions of prejudice white folks during his era. This is true because his own, self declared last name "X" represents "the rejection of slave-names” and the absence of an inherited African name to take its place." Meaning that he was prepared to create a personal identity that represented himself and his race, and not a name that a white man forced upon him. Though they had similar characteristics and morals; his approach to the civil rights movement compared to the strategies of other civil rights leaders of his time, such as Martin Luther King, Jr. differed greatly. Rather than trying to integrate the black community into the white, Malcom X focused on the complete separation of the two races. He didn’t want the freedoms to drink at the same water fountain as the white citizens, but instead wanted his own water fountain for blacks that was equally as refreshing and sanitary. On the contrary, MLK response would overall want assimilate the two cultures and allow them both to drink from the same water fountain, regardless of skin color. King sought for non-violent ways of protesting African American rights using tactics such as sit-ins, marches, and boycotts. Malcom X was not afraid to use violence as a tactic and based his actions on a "by any means necessary" foundation. Through an analysis of two famous speeches written and spoken by both radicals, it is clear that in the future they envision two very distinctive American cultures. For example, in his speech "The Ballot or the Bullet", (1964) Malcolm X criticizes the actions taken by the white population, abstaining from any efforts to appeal to their culture; in which his approach comes across very separatist. "I'm not an American. I'm one of the 22 million Black people who are the victims of
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