Martin Luther King Jr. And Malcolm X

811 Words Mar 16th, 2015 4 Pages
Silence is often construed as an aesthetic idiosyncrasy and speech is often misconstrued as a harangue. To be more precise, Malcolm X’s outcries can be deemed as both impolitic and radical. There is often a dichotomy between Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Martin Luther King Jr. is often noted as taking the most agreeable tactics in order to translate his message. Malcolm X, radically different, approached racism in a more contentious rendering in an already contentious standing. Radical change calls for a radical movement, Malcolm X demanded an American form of equality, in a bigoted society that termed his actions as egregious.
For Malcolm X, there was never a middle ground. You either had fire or you had water, tepidness did not exist. Either racism existed or it did not. “It’s liberty or it’s death. It’s freedom for everybody or freedom for nobody.” (Source A) It is facetious that a white man could abuse a black man and escape sentencing, while a black man is arrested far more frequently for simply being black. Malcolm X could impugn the government and its policies fearing being suspected as a terrorist; while a white man could do the same and be called demented, but not a threat. The media is biased, our hearts, and our minds are biased, so perhaps unless we speak with an impartial perspective, we cannot accuse the black man of any real crime, other than that of his race.
It was apparent that Malcolm X made generalizations on the white American society.…
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