The Ballot Or The Bullet By Malcolm X

1222 WordsJan 23, 20175 Pages
In 1964 Malcolm X delivered a speech titled ‘The Ballot or the Bullet” aimed to reach the poor black people of America. Born May 19, 1925 one of nine children, to a Baptist preacher whose was hit by a street car, and whose death was said to have possibly been a murder by white people, Malcom X was raised by his mother until she was institutionalized. After being put in foster care, and having issues in school, Malcom dropped out of school and became a troubled teen. A drug dealer, street hustler, and the gang leader of a group called the Harlem, Malcom spent a stint in prison during 1945 to 1952 for robbery. While in prison, Malcom joined the Nation of Islam and joined together with the Black Nationalists. Later, Malcom and the Nationalist…show more content…
1964 was a voting year and for Malcom it was a time to pull on the emotions of black America. All throughout his speech Malcom in one way or another, whether high or low, he manipulates the emotions of his listeners. At the time, he was pushing for black citizens to exercise their right to vote. Malcom speaks about gerrymandering and how this effects the voting power of African Americans. It was in 1842 that Congress passed the Reapportionment Act, and in 1962, the Supreme Court ruled that districts must have reasonable borders and must represent the population appropriately. Gerrymandering is known to be manipulated to lean toward one political leader or another, however, it has been hard to prove this to be true. Malcom claimed this to be fact, and it was in fact something that was an issue of that time era. This was another opportunity for Malcom to try to convince the black citizens that it was time to start standing up for themselves and to start fighting the American government. In one part of his speech he mentions that the black people of America do not stand up for themselves, their children would be ashamed of them. During Malcom’s speech, he begins to talk about how black people were not able to move a business into a white community, therefore whites should not be allowed to move their businesses into the black community. By 1964, the blacks had started to own their own establishments, such as cinemas, churches, and mutual aid societies. They did not
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