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How Should Malcolm X Be Remembered?

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    Civil Rights icon Malcolm X was assassinated on this day fifty years ago after being gunned down shortly before he was to deliver a speech. He was only 39 years old at the time of his death and left a void in the Civil Rights movement that didn't necessarily agree with the way Martin Luther King, Jr. was handling the movement.

    I've spent a lot of time reading and watching writings and speeches by Malcolm X and think that he has been given a pretty bad rap by the individuals who want to rewrite our history to be what they wish it was instead of what it actually was. Malcolm X spoke eloquently of the plight of the black man and his desire to lift them out of the systemic racism that permeated nearly every sector of our society. He was derided by the press and white America for his supposed militarism, but he was much more than a militant. He was someone who wanted to fight fire with fire. White America may not have liked it, but his message resonated loud and clear with millions of minorities who have been subjugated and terrorized for nearly two centuries.

    So was Malcolm X a hero or an enemy of the state? Did he do his cause more harm than good by calling for black America to stand up to the white people or did his actions help bring about the eventual end to Jim Crow and government sanctioned racism in America?
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    Well............ 50 years ago the majority of the country were racist so mostly everyone (except people of color) thought he was evil and many were probably afraid of him or the influence he could command. I don't know much about him but it's probably a very interesting story.