Malcolm X Rhetorical Analysis

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When one is reminded of the civil rights movement, the first man who comes to mind is generally Martin Luther King, Jr. He is regarded as the primary figure that supported the rights of not only blacks, but all racial minorities during American segregation. Much less known is the more radical Malcolm X, whose stinging words generated significant controversy throughout his years of black activism. His militant singularity and hateful messages offered a stark contrast to the peaceful King as he tried to gain freedom for African Americans at any cost. Malcolm X’s harshly straightforward yet idiomatic style of speech combined with his nationalistic ideals to instill a powerful sense of cultural unity. The beliefs of Malcolm X were …show more content…
Here Malcolm X uses oversimplification by citing passiveness as the cause of exploitation and the country’s wealth, but he fails to acknowledge the historical resistance of blacks in order to make the audience feel as if they should take action. He is able to use pathos to instill guilt and use it as a powerful motivator. Malcolm X also heavily discussed the nature of human rights, saying, “We will never be recognized as citizens there until we are first recognized as humans” (Muhammad 7). According to him, the blacks are so debased in American society that they are essentially less that human, and they must regain an image of humanity for white people to even begin to see them at a similar level. As the African Americans hear just how lowly they are thought of from a fellow black leader, they again become motivated to fix this flawed image. In his 1963 speech The Black Revolution”, Malcolm X asked, “How can the so-called Negroes who call themselves enlightened leaders expect the poor black sheep to integrate into a society of bloodthirsty white wolves, white wolves who have already been sucking on our blood for over four hundred years here in America?” He cleverly describes the blacks as “black sheep”, due to their color and disreputable nature, while the “white wolves” feed off of the livelihood of blacks in order to maintain their own. X’s usage of anadiplosis by repeating “white wolves” strongly conveys the message that whites are vicious hunters who must be dealt with, as nonviolent protest would be ineffective against a hungry wolf. By utilizing the emotions, X was able to fix the people towards a single goal of

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