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.

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)


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Jonathan Rees
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 20:56:49

    I’m afraid you all are answering the third question the way you think I wat to hear it. Why can’t you be a racists AND a realist?


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