Malcolm X Self Help African Americans

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Instead of doing absolutely nothing, Malcolm X encouraged all African-Americans to have a self-help program. According to McNeil, ‘self-help’ is an independent message and personal responsibility for black people and an alternative to the ineffectiveness of ‘singing, marching, and protesting for social justice’. Instead of complaining and doing nothing, Malcolm X sent a message of helping themselves to empower their message in everyday life. Similarly, “The white man controls his own school, his own bank, his own economy, his own politics, his own everything, his own community...You've got to control your own. Just like the white man has control of his, you need to control yours” (X). The white men control everything, and that is why the white men are so powerful in comparison to the black men. The black men control nothing, and that is why the black men are so fragile. The parallelism of what the white men control emphasizes Malcolm X’s message for all African-Americans to have control for themselves and the only way to do so is the ‘self-help’ program, the program that will make all African-Americans stronger and more powerful. If African-Americans become stronger there would be more respect from the white men, more…show more content…
Human rights are your God-given rights. Human rights are the rights that are recognized by all nations of this earth.” (X). “The Ballot or the Bullet” by Malcolm X addressed the important factors of the ballot and the bullet in everyone’s lives no matter of their race, religion, and gender. The influence of the speech was due to the factors in Malcolm X’s brutal childhood living under the threats of the white men and the historical events of harassing African-Americans. There are many pessimistic comments following the speech because many said it is complimenting “violence” in America, but the effects of the ballot or the bullet in the speech are fantastic in influencing modern thinking
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