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Martin Luther King and Malcolm X - Two Views One Cause Many black authors and leaders of the sixties shared similar feelingstowards the white run American society in which they lived Malcolm XJames Baldwin Martin Luther King and Stokely Carmichael all blamed thewhites for the racism which existed However they agreed that it was upto the black society to end this problem Using the black society each ofthe authors had their own idea of how racism could be stoppedUnfortunately for some such as Malcolm X this involved the use ofviolence while others such as King favored the non-violent approachThis paper will focus for the most part on Malcolm X and King becausethey are both strong representations of two different approaches to acommon goal Perhaps their different approaches of violence andnonviolence stem from their original opinions of how capable the whites are Not all of the whites involved in the problem of racism supported itSome were actually trying to help fight for the blacks Unfortunately ittook Malcolm X a long time to figure that out Malcolms paper TheBallot or the Bullet makes that clear In his paper he is constantlycriticizing whites as a whole He does not consider even for a momentthat a white could actually support equality for all men Usually itsthe white man who grins at you the most and pats you on the back and issupposed to be your friend He may be friendly but hes not your friend However in a later work of his 1965 one can see that Malcolm waslearning 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 good white people I have learned that there are some I have learned that not all white people
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