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Justifiable Means Malcolm X was a controversial leader He has been linked with Martin Luther King Jr one of the most famous civil rights leaders in history even though Malcolm Xs more bellicose rhetoric calls for extreme resistance to not mere tolerance of racial oppression Indeed Malcolm Xs writing and speeches have been likened by some to the extreme nationalism that so inflamed Germans after WWI In that period of ignominy and social shame Adolph Hitler resurrected failing nationalism with his passionate speeches about racial superiority in which he blamed the Jewish Germans for the miseries of the country and proclaimed that Germany had a justification for war Both Martin Luther King and Adolph Hilter were named Man of the Year by Time magazine and both share some similarities with Malcolm X Even while espousing the same goals as Martin Luther King Malcolm X used the idea of a single enemy - much like the mechanisms employed by Hitler to unite his people to rally around the idea of a common oppressor Embodying both of these contradictory combinations Malcolm Xs speeches and writings display his beliefs that violence even though not intended can be justified Interestingly several events in Malcolm Xs life paralleled those of Adolph Hitlers life In Mein Kamph Hitler related how he was rejected from an art academy When I presented myself to the rector requesting an explanation for my non-acceptance at the Academys school of painting that gentleman assured me that the drawings I had submitted incontrovertibly showed my unfitness for painting and that my ability obviously lay in the field of architecture for me he said the Academys school of painting was out of the question the place for me was the School of Architecture Hitler In a similar turn of events when Malcolm X confessed to his teacher that hed like to become a lawyer the teacher responded with thats no realistic goal for a niggerYou need to
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