Malcolm X : An Advocate For The Equality And Rights Of African Americans

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Malcolm X was an advocate for the equality and rights of African Americans in the mid-twentieth century, at the height of the civil rights movement. In his famous speech, “The Ballot or the Bullet”, Malcolm X is targeting African Americans, capturing the rage that many people felt due to their oppression from the years of white superiority. Throughout the speech, Malcolm X makes it a point to say that African Americans need to become independent, and take care of solely themselves. By doing this, they would be able to fend for themselves, not relying on anyone else. Integration is the last thing that Malcolm X desires. Instead, he takes on a separatist approach, being that he wants African Americans to become self-sustaining. The phrase “the ballot or the bullet” is Malcolm X referring to the 1964 election; he says that the African Americans need to use their ability to vote wisely, and vote for a candidate that would actually keep their best interests in mind. Another issue that Malcolm X discusses is the “civil rights” movement. With the history of the treatment of African Americans in the United States, in addition to his philosophy of Black Nationalism, Malcolm X has made a name for himself as a critic of civil rights. Malcolm X’s main point in “The Ballot or the Bullet” is the concept of Black Nationalism. This idea comes from the fact that all African Americans have suffered, “political oppression at the hands of the white man, economic exploitation at the hands of…

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