The Assassination Of Malcolm X Analysis

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Critical Review on “The Assasination of Malcolm X” based on three articles As we all know, the most powerful creator of rhetorical issue is the media. The media played a large and important role in consistently creating a negative public image of Malcolm X which is still connected with him. The reality created by the media is powerful enough to create lasting images and stereotypes about people. These images may be true in some cases, but when incorrect, form an issue that demand a correction. The media has the ability to set the agenda, what people think and think about. When the report involves issues of race, the reporting and writing contain elements of the racial ideology. When I read all of the three articles, the most…show more content…
Malcolm's image in the press was first created as Malcolm X, a leader of the Black Muslims, and it was Malcolm's speaking that brought a lot of attention to the group. Terms related to the Black Muslims were almost synonymous with Malcolm X because of his powerful role in the organization and because of the strong beliefs linked specifically with both Malcolm and the Black Muslims. Black Muslims, and thus Malcolm X, were characterized as extremists within the media. The media created this image with the terms used to describe Malcolm X and Black Muslims which are anti-Christian, anti-white, protester, black supremacy, bitter, confrontation, enemy, extremist, hate, sect, threat, and trouble. These terms appeared frequently and with high intensity, shaping a negative image of Malcolm X in the media. After Malcolm returned from Mecca, he announced that he no longer indicted the entire white race as racists and devils, and yet he was still connected with black supremacy. Other terms that cluster around extremist and appear in relation to Black Muslims and Malcolm X are enemy, confrontation, and bitter. These labels have implications of violence. Violence from a minority group against the white society is extremely disturbing to that population. We can see from Newsweek report, the tone used to described Malcolm X was a bit harsh for our reading. From the article, we as readers can make…show more content…
His skill and strength as a speaker are a evidence to that fact. The portrayal of power as related to Malcolm X turned negative quickly. Malcolm gained popularity and became a threat to Elijah Muhammad's leadership of the Black Muslims. Popularity had contributed to Malcolm's power and it could be and probably was seen as a threat to the Black Muslims, possibly contributing to the theory that some within the Black Muslim organization wanted Malcolm dead. The media connected Malcolm X with a negative image of power by using terms such as demagogue, evil, followers, fiery, icon, rival and split. These terms helped to shape the negative image of Malcolm X. Most of the terms can be seen from the Newsweek article. Compared with the other two reports, Newsweek showed biasness when describing Malcolm X. Malcolm is called a "demagogue" in the Newsweek article. This title of power could be viewed as fearful power. Icon is a religious term, and for Malcolm to be seen as a kind of religious symbol may have been seen as clashing. After Malcolm left Elijah Muhammad's Nation of Islam, his newly formed group and Muhammad's group were pictured as rivals. The word rival sounds as if Malcolm's role is specifically as the enemy. It creates an image of Malcolm separating from a group with which he has been identified as being powerful and using that power against

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