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Two Men Two Views One Cause Many black authors and leaders of the sixties shared similar feelings towards the white run American society in which they lived Malcolm X James Baldwin Martin Luther King and Stokely Carmichael all blamed the whites for the racism which existed However they agreed that it was up to the black society to end this problem Using the black society each of the authors had their own idea of how racism could be stopped Unfortunately for some such as Malcolm X this involved the use of violence while others such as Martin Luther King favored the non-violent approach This paper will focus for the most part on Malcolm X and Martin Luther King because they are both strong representations of two different approaches to a common goal Perhaps their different approaches of violence and non-violence stem from their original opinions of how capable the whites are of being good Not all of the whites involved in the problem of racism supported it Some were actually trying to help fight for the blacks Unfortunately it took Malcolm X a long time to figure that out Malcolms paper The Ballot or the Bullet makes that clear In his paper he is constantly criticizing whites as a whole He does not consider even for a moment that a white could actually support equality for all men Usually its the white man who grins at you the most and pats you on the back and is supposed to be your friend He may be friendly but hes not your friend 3 However in a later work of his 1965 one can see that Malcolm X was learning to accept whites as possible allies I tried in every speech I made to clarify my new position regarding white people - I dont speak against the sincere well meaning
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