The Ballot of the Bullet by Malcom X Essay

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Malcolm X once said, “It’ll be ballots, or it’ll be bullets. It’ll be liberty, or it will be death. The only difference about this kind of death—it’ll be reciprocal.” The Civil Rights Movement took place during the 1950’s-1960 and were political movements for equality. Some of the leaders and followers were Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, and Malcolm X. The purpose for this movement was equal rights for all races. One very influential speech during this time period was by Malcolm X called “The Ballot or the Bullet.” He gave his speech on April 3, 1964 at the Cory Methodist Church in Cleveland, Ohio. The speech stressed the importance of how African Americans are created to have full equality like all other races. In Malcolm X’s “The Ballot …show more content…
The main ambition of the speech was to motivate African-Americans to join the Civil Rights Movement so they can win their equality, which is their legitimate right as human beings. African Americans should be given the same rights as any other race has and if government cannot give them their equality, then they would have to take it for themselves, forcefully. An example from the speech would be, “Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man you take it… Human rights are something you were born with. Human rights are your God-given rights. Human rights are the rights that are recognized by all nations of this earth…” (X). Malcolm here describes that no one can give you what you want in this country. To survive in this world you have to forcefully take what is rightfully yours. God has created everyone equally. It is there “god given right” to vote. He tries to convey the African Americans that because of their color, the whites will not give them the right to vote. And if they want to vote they will have to fight for it and if not given, they will cross any limit to gain it. A reliable source agrees and says, “[Malcolm] used his speeches critique American racism… to reeducate blacks regarding their identity (Africans in Americans), purpose (free themselves from racial oppression) and direction (serve as a revolutionary political and social force capable of building a more humane society)” (“A Message

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