Malcolm X

Life of Malcolm X

Wise Words of Malcolm X... but what does it truly mean?

Although Malcolm X had many speeches all over a very important speech was given in Detroit called the "Message to the GrassRoots"

The Speech in 1963 is a speech truly outlining Malcolm X's basic Black Nationalist Philosophy and introduced him into being a major critic of the Civil Rights Movement. What was so great about it? And why was it so important?


This analysis will highlight some of the important parts of Malcolm X's speech...

IF VIOLENCE IS WRONG IN AMERICA, VIOLENCE IS WRONG ABROAD. If it's wrong to be violent defending black women and black children, and black babies and black men, then its wrong for america to draft us and make us violent abroad in defense of her.

This highlights on how that it is unfair for the black community to defend itself without using violence, and if they do, its wrong. But if a white man attacks a black family with violence, it's justified.

Revolution is based on land. land is the basis of all independence. land is the basis of freedom, justice, and equality.

How free a man is, is based on their land. The ownership of a mans land, is based off of their right to do what they want on that land.

How can you justify being non-violent in mississippi and alabama, when your churches are being bombed, and your little girls are being murdered and at the same time you're going to violent with hitler, and tojo, and somebody else that you don't even know?

Malcolm is portraying pity to those blacks who "justify" white being "non violent" in Mississippi and Alabama, when those white men are bombing churches and killing children.

We have a common enemy. We have this in common: We have a common oppressor, a common exploiter, and a common discriminator. But once we all realize that we have this common enemy, then we unite on the basis of what we have in common.

Because everyone at the March On Washington has the same enemy, they all fight for the same cause. That through this common enemy, that they unite together, and overcome this discrimination.

A revolution is bloody. Revolution is hostile. Revolution knows no compromise. Revolution overturns and destroys everything that gets in its way. And you, sitting around here like a knot on the wall, saying, “I’m going to love these folks no matter how much they hate me.” No, you need a revolution.

Do not "love your enemy", as they will jump and that, and strangle you with it. Instead, throw yourself into action, and start the revolution with force. Make the enemy hate you, build yourself of their hate, and out power them.

What Was The Goal?

Malcolm X's goal during this speech was to unite everyone in the Washington March to rebel forcefully against the white man. To get them to unite together with a common goal, a common enemy, and a common force. The end goal however, was to eliminate discrimination and racism in America.

What Was The Enemy?

The common enemy was discrimination. Specifically from the white man. Their fight was against the obstacles of discrimination that the white man would throw out the black community, and to overcome this obstacle, to reach true freedom.

What Is This Similar Too Today?

A common person Malcolm X can relate to is Burnie Sanders, and his speeches. Burnie Sanders is a huge supporter of Black Lives Matter, and he constantly gives speeches in support of their movement for equality.


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