Malcolm X – His Role in Transforming America

Racism has been a consistent theme in the history of the African-Americans that has been associated with various aspects of culture. One such aspect that has been used both as a tool to fight and perpetuate racial segregation was religion. In the late 1700’s to early 1800s Christian movements were for instance at the thick and thin of the Great awakening that captured the hearts of many black slaves (Hatt 28). This resulted from its emphasis that all people whether black or white were sinners who needed salvation via Christianity (Hatt 28). Such a message therefore offered a soothing atmosphere to the slaves who through the message could view their masters as equals (Hatt 28).

In latter stages of the African American history, however, Christianity was associated with alienating the Africans to follow the ways of whites hence other methods to fight against racism were established (Hatch 26). While some methods involved the use of civil groups that discouraged violence mainly fronted by activists such as Martin Luther King Jr., others that were associated with the Malcolm X contended that violence was a better means of seeking freedom than the peaceful demonstration approach employed by the civil rights activists (Hatch 29). As such Malcolm’s opinion was that “the only way black people caught up in [the evil western society] can be saved” was not through integration into the corrupt society but through separation from such society to an independent land where reformation, increased moral principles and godly way of life would stand a chance (As qtd. in Hatch 29).

This paper focuses on the latter form of fight against racism by examining the role that Malcolm X had in transforming America. The paper first addresses how the early life of Malcolm X prepared him for his future antiracism role. The place held by religion to enhance the fight against racism and  as an impediment to such a cause will also be investigated. Finally the paper will discuss Malcolm X’s death and how his legacy has contributed to a far much inclusive American society that exists presently. Go to part 2 here.

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