Essay on Malcolm X

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Malcolm X: A Cultural Revolutionary Malcolm X was known not because he was a martyr to the cause of civil rights or because of any inherent contributions he may have made to the solution of the black race problem, but because he was the uncompromising symbol of resistance and the spokesman for the non-nonviolent “black man” in America. Malcolm X had achieved this position due to his belief that the civil rights had merely tokenism gains towards the improvement of black Americans, although in a major thrust for racial integration (“Encyclopedia of World Biography”). His goal towards racial equality motivated him to call upon all sections of the black community and to formulate a solution to the problems facing black Americans, allowing …show more content…
Malcolm X rejected nonviolence as a principle. However, championing black self-determination and self defense, X had successfully driven a variety of audiences to listen to his speeches, leaving behind a legacy that contributed to the emergence of the Black Power movement and other radical black activists advocating black nationalism. Although Malcolm X was not an advocate of violence, he became a potential “liberator” leading blacks to a revolutionary struggle against the hated whites (Clarke, Bailey, and Grant 10). By 1959, the Black Muslim movement found its way to the national spotlight, garnering a membership of more than a hundred thousand. “Racial tensions came to its boiling point and white Americans grew fearful of Malcolm X’s message of black supremacy” (“Encyclopedia of World Biography”). This became a major factor leading to the radicalization of the civil rights movement in 1963. The Black Muslims, and their charismatic spokesman, Malcolm X, were a distinct help to the civil rights organizations. Their talk of violence and their hatred towards the “blue-eyed devils” of society somewhat made the frightened white people to be more amenable to the demands of the integrationists (Clarke 30). Paradoxically, this soon lead to the thought of black Americans that they could, through their own power, call for a black leadership within the civil

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