Malcom X Spark Notes

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Malcom X

A Dream Or A Nightmare
" No, I'm not an American. I'm one of the 22 million people who are victims of
Americanism, one if the victims of democracy, nothing but disguised hypocrisy. So, I'm not
standing here speaking to you as an American, or a patriot, or flag-saluter, or a flag
waver. No, not I. I am speaking to you as a victim of the American system. And I see
America through the eyes of a victim. I don't see any American dream. I see an American
nightmare!

--Malcolm X
I can see why Malcolm would refer to the American dream as a nightmare. We all have to
understand that Malcolm and Martin Luther King came from very different class levels.
Malcolm came from a lower class of African Americans. Malcolm was a criminal who spent
time in jail and he was from a poor neighbor hood. Malcolm was educated by the environment
that surrounded him. Malcolm often preached to the blacks to about self respect, and
dignity. I think Malcolm know and understood this more than King because of Malcolm's
upbringing. Malcolm gave very derogatory speeches. Malcolm was an intelligent speaker. In
Malcolm's speeches you can see and hear the anger that the white people have caused the
African American people. I'm sure that Malcolm was not the only African American person
who had the same view points or felt the same way. It's just that Malcolm had the nerve to
speak up for what he believed. At this time, black people were fighting for equal rights.
Every person handles stress differently. Malcolm was voicing his opinion based upon the
times and his personal experiences.

In this article, I read a part of another speech from Malcolm that made statements against
the white people. I think Malcolm had every right to make these comments about white
Americans. Malcolm got the reputation that he was a racist. I believe that he and all the
other black people had every right to be racist. White American people were being racist
for not allowing the African Americans to have equal rights. So, why was it a big deal
when Malcolm made racial slurs against the white Americans? It was ok for white Americans
to treat the black population differently.

Martin Luther King was a great speaker also. His speeches were based upon his beliefs and
the dreams of a better society. King had high hopes and spoke of his high hope for the
black people. King didn't make racial slurs against the white people, but he put the white
and black people on the same level. He argued that every man, black or white should have
equal rights.

This is why, I believe that we celebrate his birthday as a national holiday and Malcolm
X's birthday goes unrecognized. Martin Luther King was fighting for equal rights for black
people and he did it with out slaying or putting down the white people. We want to
celebrate what this nation has over come. What we have overcome, is the fact that in our
society today we do not discriminate based on the color of someone's skin. By choosing to
celebrate King's birthday over Malcolm X's birthday was a better choice for all Americans.
King was not considered a racist. Equal rights for everyone no matter what race you were.

I believe that we should recognize the work and the efforts of Malcolm more than we do. I
believe both men were excellent speakers and that Malcolm had the right to his opinion.

A Talk To Teachers
This article was hard for me to decipher. In the first paragraph it talks about calling
some one a "Nigger". To me the word nigger is degrading. I don't like to use this word
because I am no better than you. Therefore, you are no better than me.

I came to a conclusion that this article meant that we shouldn't call anyone negative
names or demean them in any way. I have always been told not to call a child dumb. They
take it to heart and then start believing it, especially if the child hears it on a
regular basis. However, this article tells you not believe what other people tell you.
Stand up for who you think you are. Don't listen to other people. I also think this
article says that you shouldn't be calling people names that you wouldn't want to be
called. Fight for what you believe in and eventually society will change it views. Is this
why I find the word nigger degrading? Have the black people fought for this word to be
socially unaccepted? At a point in time, to use the word nigger was socially accepted in
the white community. Now it is socially unacceptable. I think this is what the article was
trying to say. If you believe in something fight for it and in return you will change what
is acceptable and what is not acceptable in society. All you need to do is educate the
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