Carmichael Vs Malcolm X Essay

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Register to read the introduction… Both approaches appeared around the same time (early Sixties), with Carmichael's following Malcolm X's by a couple of years. For Carmichael, "Black Power . . . is a call for black people in this country to unite, to recognize their heritage, to build a sense of community. (Interchange.org: Michael T. Kaufman, Stokely Carmichael, Rights Leader Who Coined ‘Black Power’ http://www.interchange.org/Kwameture/nytimes11698.html). It is a call for black people to begin to define their own goals, to lead their own organizations and to support those organizations. It is a call to reject the racist institutions and values of this society." Essentially, "the goal of black self-determination and black self-identity - Black Power - is full participation in the decision-making processes affecting the lives of black people, and recognition of the virtues in themselves as black people." Carmichael called for blacks to take a look at themselves and to be proud of who they were. The black man had been long deemed inferior by the whites, and without breaking that stigma, blacks could not achieve the equal rights they were demanding. As Carmichael claimed, "Only when black people fully develop this sense of community, of themselves, can they begin to deal effectively with the problems of racism in this …show more content…
Without stripping away the built-up, negative attitudes of the black race - in effect, having pride in being black - then blacks would not be able to succeed in their struggle. Furthermore, Malcolm did not believe that integration could ever solve the problem in America; the only solution for blacks was to completely separate themselves from the whites. Now, here was a significant difference between Malcolm's and Stokely's beliefs. Carmichael did disagree with the current methods of integration tried up to this point, but he did not advocate that blacks should establish a separate society. In addition, Carmichael never rejected the help of whites who truly wanted to change the system. On the other hand, Malcolm believed the "devil" could do nothing. In an incident in which a white college girl asked Malcolm what she could do to help, Malcolm responded to her by saying, "Nothing." He came to later regret this; after his journey to Mecca in 1964, he changed many of his former racist views and began redefining his new approach to dealing with the struggle. He stated in an interview, "True, sir! My trip to Mecca has opened my eyes. I no longer subscribe to racism. I have adjusted my thinking to the point where I believe that whites are human beings" - a significant pause - "as long as this is borne out by their humane attitude toward

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