Malcolm X Discussion

Malcolm X changed his attitudes towards white people over the course of his life due to his experiences in life. It is no doubt that the early hardships due to violence and intimidation by whites forced Malcolm to view no other relationship with whites but with violence and anti-integration methods. He was a man who recognized a problem with the United States that still exists today, race issues being global and the great denial which our Democracy promotes as one happy country that gets along for the goodness of mankind. He exposed the government for issues that kept his people down and felt such a passion about the uplifting of blacks that he was willing to risk his own life much like his counterpart Martin Luther King. Jr. Mecca was not the only journey he took, he also took his journey as a young man through the cities he cherished , the conk hair experience, and people he was influenced by and followed, (pg.370) shaking hands with a white person request. All of this culmunated to adjust his attitudes toward whites. Perhaps he understood they were just as much caught up in society and the expectations/pressures of survival in our nation. I was intrigued by chapter six and his desire to find happiness-dancing with Laura, then his relationship with Sophia, his positive and negative experiences with the black muslims. Most influencial I believe was his own family, the realization and committment to it (pg. 430), the gift giving of the dolls. He recognizes he should have pursued his academic dreams. He wanted his family close and continued the dream of his father, all other things were minimal. Malcolm X felt that way as a natural reaction to society and he reacted in a way that opened peoples eyes. Haley writes, “one month before his death he revised his views on intermarriage, to the point where he regarded it as simply personal matter” pg. 432. Change is inevitable.

African-Americans
Malcolm X changes his attitudes toward other African-Americans over the course of his entire life by first establishing the connection with slaves. He seeks truth in his ancestors struggle and for the most part his relationship with Elijah Muhammed exposes some of the very hypocracies of his own people. He definately related to the urban African-Americans though exposing the traps which undereducated encounter in life. He was not satisfied towards the end of his life with the back-stabbing of his past associations and how they worked together to defuse and sabotage his goals.

Malcolm X is not a racist… he was a realist. He acknowledged racism and demanded respect for everyone.
He wanted the best for his people, community, family, he was willing to make educated statements about our society that certain people read into as being racist. He exposed our nation for its hang ups on “race”, a word that is meaningless in a sense. His words angered many during a time when emotions were volatile “whites better be glad Martin Luther King is rallying the people because other forces are waiting to take over if he fails” (434)

How can Walmart be both “populist” and an such an enormous multi-national corporation?

walmart video

I wanted to share the link above, if you follow the page you will find a link from the televison show “frontline”. watch at your own risk 🙂

Walmart is seen as the people’s place. It mantains that it has integrity and that is savior for low prices, which in hard economic times is extremely important. It can be seen as populists because it has allowed many unskilled workers the chance to be part of a enormous multi-national corporation. Walmart makes it known that it is looking out for the lower income interests, they have made the nation feel good to be “cheap”, this company could do no wrong, from the retired grandma who greets you at the door to the televisions inside the store that help you make a meal for a family of 10 for under 5 bucks (just joking), they promote family and for the common folk. It is seen as the best place to invest all your hard earned money, it is seen as working hard to keep prices low for the shopper. America believes that Walmart is taking on high price shopping centers for the sake of the little people and that feels wonderful to most on limited income.

George Carlin on Consumerism

What’s the matter with Kansas?

      In reponse to our reading this week, my answer would be No, I don’t think Frank thinks the poor conservatives are stupid, they just need to purchase his book and realize some things.  Frank’s work is important because Frank is from Kansas, and he knows the history behind Kansas, he knows that Kansas was once a society that thought for themselves, a society of radicals, now as he explains in his book they are a part of the conservative machine that is growing too big too fast.  Frank makes a good point not to blame Kansas, he agrees that the democratic party left the farming nation to fend for themselves and it was the conservatives that took advantage of the situation.  So are the people stupid or are they just waiting like the rest of us for something to drastically change-they just have more money to waste while they wait.