Essay Malcom X and Non-violence

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"My life has always been one of changes" (436). Malcolm X, throughout his life, was one of the most influential, and quite possibly the most effective, civil rights activists of the twentieth century. His "radical" ideas and views were widely sought after from the oppressed African-American population in the 1950s and 60s. The changes he underwent throughout his life affected his views of a racist America and inspired him to lead a dedicated life preaching, what he thought to be, the only method of promoting change in the hearts and minds of every citizen in the United States; nonviolence. The issue of violence loomed large in Malcolm X's rhetoric. In his speech's and public appearances he refused to repudiate violence, realizing that …show more content…
Anger and confusion were two very prominent themes throughout Malcolm's life with first, the death of his father, and then the removal of his mother from their family, also under a white man's order. Upon his arrival in Boston, Malcolm developed a strong criticism for the prejudice within the black community that had arose in the early 1940s. He was surprised to find the judgmental nature both "classes" had for each other in an attempt to increase their own status in artificial ways. Though "Hill Negroes" arguably had a better quality of life than the many unemployed black residents of Boston, their unwillingness to acknowledge the "menial nature" of their jobs while they look down on the poorer blacks makes them just as "snobbish" as the racist whites.

Violence, ultimately, became a dominant force in Malcolm's life when he moved to the Harlem ghettos. His anger and hostility was slowly directed from the black population towards white America, but at the same time he blamed the black community draining the black ghetto of wealth. Malcolm believed that wealthy white people not only exploited poor blacks on a daily basis, but also contribute to the profound lack of opportunity in Harlem. It is for this reason he begins to blame the white community for driving them into the "spiral of crime, drugs, deceit, and poverty," giving them no other option than the hustler's life; it wasn't much longer that Malcolm, himself, started to "run numbers" across the city
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