Who Was Malcolm X And What Did He Fight For?

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As a child, when I first heard of and questioned who Malcolm X was, I was consistently answered that Malcolm X was a person that completely despised all white people and wished to reverse the black and white roles in American Society and place the African American community at the top of the social order, or, even better, completely eradicate all white Americans. However, the reality of the situation is very different. Malcolm X once said, "I am not a racist. I am against every form of racism and segregation, every form of discrimination. I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color."(Estate of Malcolm X) Malcolm believed in ...view middle of the document...

Today, we are facing many situations that call on the human race to decide what the nature of human rights entails. The difference from the movement of the 1960s is that equality is not trying to be obtained for those with different skin colors, but rather it is being called on for people that wish to have the ability to express their gender or sexual preference without fear of judgment or the discrimination of their peers or family members. Many people have adopted some of the misconstrued views of Malcolm X, asserting that people who were born in a privileged society are all forms of the oppressors and do not deserve to live. On certain social networking websites, it is common to see people speaking out anonymously saying that all people who are born heterosexual, white, and/or cisgendered, born as a male and identifies as a male or born female and identifies female, no longer deserve the right to life because of the oppression of ‘genderqueer’ human beings, even those that may not have been enlightened to the situation or even those that stand in support of the rights of all human beings.
This mentality is dangerous, not only because it has strong roots in violence and hatred, but also because it causes fear and it causes others to refuse support. People that would have stood as allies to minorities could see the stance of some of the outspoken violent members of these activist groups, and decide that they do not wish to support a movement that could endanger their own lives. This makes it very difficult to gain support in the groups that would help turn the minority vote to the majority, and the process for gaining equal rights is lengthened to a point that may have been reached sooner without the threat of violence.
It is easy to believe in an eye for an eye mentality, and it is simple to become a party to a revenge mentality. However, to try and justify mass discrimination and persecution of a group, race, type, or living style of people is inherently morally wrong. This is what these people that are...

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