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America’s Involvement In Malcolm X’s Black Movement

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One man’s life can be the foundation for many and America is a prime example. A great number of historical events and leaders determined her history in some form; whether the impact be a subsequent form events or just a small change, they are all significant. Malcolm X, one of the founding fathers of the Civil Rights Movement, had numerous impacts on America. Some may argue whether or not his presence helped the fight against equality; the fact remains his involvement created controversy that struck every part of the nation and is a cause of America’s current history. Malcolm X’s nationalistic movement urges separation through self-defense in the Black community created by his rhetoric and speeches resulting in the public’s confusion whether or not to follow other civil rights leaders.
Malcolm X was raised in an atmosphere of fear and anger which was a main cause for his imprisonment. For the very reason Malcolm X grew up resenting White America and it was in prison where he found Islam and his calling. Throughout Malcolm X’s life his views on America changed drastically. In one of Malcolm X’s peaches, ‘The Ballot or the Bullet”, he stresses the importance that this cause he is fighting for is not a religious cause; he is fighting for all Blacks because “they don’t hang you cause your Muslim, they hang you cause your Black” (Malcolm X) and the only way they would be able to unite is if they kept “religion in the closet”. He was wise to state this as many believe he was fighting for Muslims and to unite the black community as one whole would avoid religious issues. Malcolm was well known for his character and presence and for these reasons; he became a superior speaker crushing his competition in debates. “Malcolm X recommended a separatist and nationalist strategy for black survival” (pg. 57, Malcolm X: The man and his times). He had true hatred for White America which exploited into a Black movement. Malcolm X’s plan was to instill this idea of Black Nationalism amongst the African-American community which was basically the concept of a separate nation within America. “Just as it took nationalism to remove colonialism from Asia and Africa, it will take Black Nationalism today to remove colonialism”(Malcolm X) from the backs of the oppressed convincing many blacks that they were still slaves and the only way to be truly free is through nationalism. Malcolm X wanted to separate Black America so they could become self-empowered and establish their own economy. “The White man is too intelligent to let someone else come and gain control of the economy of his community but, you will let anybody come in and control the economy of your community” (Malcolm X). He urged Blacks to own, operate, and control the economy in their community. This was Malcolm X’s philosophy which was the central idea of his movement; to educate the people in “the importance of knowing that when you spend your dollar out of the community in which you live, the community in...

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