The Three Core Philosophies Of The Black Nationalism Movement

1220 WordsMar 9, 20175 Pages
On April 12, 1964 Malcolm X, born Malcom Little, delivered his famous Ballot or the Bullet speech before of crowd in Detroit, Michigan. The speech, was Malcom’s way of appealing to the black community to come to self-realization and uplift themselves. In his speech, the noted civil rights leader presents the three core philosophies of Black Nationalism: political, economic and social. This essay will provide an in-depth analysis of the three core philosophies of the Black Nationalism Movement and assess how these same issues affect us today. Malcolm delivered his Ballot to the Bullet speech on the heels of Martin Luther King Jr’s famous I have a dream speech and the Supreme Court’s ratification of the 24th Amendment. This constitutional…show more content…
In addition, like in Malcom’s and Dr. King’s day clear attempts have been made to suppress black votes in several southern states. South Carolina, for example, ahead of the recent election passed some laws including, outlawing same day voter registration and the usual full week of voting. The state also reduced voting hours and limit the number of polling stations in predominantly black communities. South Carolina went as far as to redraw political boundaries which was later overturned by the courts. Similarly, in Florida, anyone with a previous felony were disenfranchised. Remember now, African-Americans and Latinos form the most incarcerated group in the country. It is abundantly clear lawmakers had carefully studied the voting patterns of African-Americans and Latinos and outlawed the practices that favored them. Come to think of it, a certain presidential candidate was known for saying that the election was ‘rigged.’ I am inclined to think the then candidate knew a little more than we did. Additionally, key to Black Nationalism is the subject of economics and the role it plays in shaping society and stratifying races and classes. Malcom presented in his speech a ‘common sense’ economic model to steer African-Americans to self-sufficiency. He charged, “We should own and operate and control the economy of our community.” He believed by controlling the local economy, blacks would be able to alleviate some of
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