Essay on Malcolm X And Martin Luther King

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Malcolm X and Martin Luther King were the leaders that have devoted all their lives to fight for the freedom of African Americans. However, their paths were not the same. While Malcolm X was in the Nation of Islam, he did not intend to compromise with the whites. He wanted to build and develop completely separate places for blacks. He also did not want his Muslim brothers to work for white people, because it meant that his brothers were "going to help enrich these white merchants" (Haley, 197). In the contrast, Martin Luther King kept moderate stance, and used peaceful suffering to persuade people. In an interview with Dr. Kenneth Clark, Malcolm X said that
"The goal of Dr. Martin Luther King is to give Negroes a chance to sit in a segregated restaurant beside the same white man who had brutalized them for 400 years. The goal of Dr. Martin Luther King is to get Negroes to forgive the people who have brutalized them for 400 years by lulling them to sleep, and making them forgetting what those whites have done to them." (Three Perspectives)

Malcolm X did not want segregation, he only wanted the separation. Elijah taught him that segregation was the life and liberty that were controlled, so someone else was still controlling people. Separation is a win-win condition, both sides mutually beneficial alike. Hence, Malcolm X was dissent with Martin Luther King. Although they did not have many chances to meet together, according to author Alex Haley of “The Autobiography of Malcolm…

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