The Man And Legend Essay

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'Can We Attain an Equal America?';

Can we really achieve equality? I do believe it is possible but it is obvious that there is no single answer to such a question. Everyone has their own opinion in regards to this question, however those opinions are useless unless they are actually carried out. According to W.E.B. DuBois racial equality can be achieved through the 'talented tenth,'; an African American elite that would be leaders and role models for the rest of the black community. In The Future of the Race, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Cornel West address the topic of Dubois' 1903 essay 'The Talented Tenth.'; When it comes to achieving equality among all races I don't particularly agree with DuBois' idea of a 'Talented Tenth.'; I
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Malcolm X declares that 'if it is right for America to draft us and teach us how to be violent in defense of the country, then isn't right for you and me to do whatever is necessary to defend our own people right here in this country.';(89) Consequently, he believed that only through revolution and force could blacks attain their rightful place in society. In one of his speeches Malcolm X encouraged blacks to hate whites and to revolt against them. He claims that 'revolution is bloody, revolution is hostile, revolution knows no compromise, revolution overturns and destroys everything that gets in it way.'; However, when he later broke free from the black Muslim movement began emphasizing unity and change through black pride and respect for oneself rather than through hate and revenge. He told blacks that if they had any chance of blacks attaining equality, then their first priority would be to gain self-respect and join together in a group effort to combat racist views. (253)
I believe that there is one main problem that hinders the idea of having a group effort to achieve equality. That is that our minds seem to support and defend our own reasoning and actions, whether they are right or wrong. We have to learn how to admit being wrong. I simply can't believe that people find racism as a way of life. However, it all comes down to what you learn when you're a child. Generations of the future must be taught

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