Comparison Of Marcus Garvey And David Duke Essay

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Racial issues have always been debated and followed by many people throughout the history of America and will continue to be for a long time. Along with these debates come movements and with movements come leaders. Two well-known leaders of racially driven movements are Marcus Garvey and David Duke. Garvey was a black man looking to forward his fellow black man’s financial state and living conditions, and he became a leader for his movement. Duke is a white man who feels that with all of the racial diversity in this country the white race is being mistreated and destroyed, and became a leader for a more extreme group of believers. These two extraordinary men can be compared and contrasted with respect to their groups, views,…show more content…
Both men believe that blacks and whites should be segregated. Garvey is known as a separatist and is famous for the “back to Africa'; movement. (Robinson 193) He felt it was hopeless to depend on whites and to try to integrate into the white society because they, like any racial group would continue to protect their own self-interests. (The Road 7) One of Garvey’s goals was to set up a black nation-state in Africa in which blacks owned their own businesses and had their own separate political and economic base. He opened up the Black Star Line as transportation for blacks to go back to Africa in order to accomplish this goal. Each of his ships met disaster after disaster and his goal was crushed. David Duke was similar to Garvey in his views. Duke felt that the black race and white race should not be inter-mixed. He said of Klan philosophy “Specifically we’re totally opposed to integration. We think integration has only caused hatred and violence between races. We think races should be separated...'; (Sims 168) Duke was an intelligent young man who read lots of books, magazines, and gathers various information. His father was racist and so was Duke. Duke claims that as a child he was pro-integration but after reading the novel Race and Reason and doing various research he felt that the white race was the genetically superior race. Duke said, Race and Reason was “the first eloquent challenge to forced

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