Monday, January 18, 2010

What About Malcolm???

We all remember the profound speech, "I Have a Dream". This speech is and will always be a moment in history to be revered by all who have heard it. This speech has been transformed, revamped, by many people who have found pride in this speech. This famous line has been used by organizations as mission statements. This speech was said by the great Martin Luther King Jr. A good man, but in my honest opinion...not a great man. The man did a heck of a lot for the black community then and now. Monday is "Martin Luther King" Day. A day when this country came to a screeching halt so we can have parades and memorials to honor this man, a man that most of the world views as a saint for his role in the civil rights movement. Like I said, he was a good man in my eyes not a great one. He had his faults, which everyone does. One of King's closest friends, Rev. Ralph Abernathy, wrote a book in 1989 in which he talked about King's obsession with white prostitutes. Who does that to their boy?!?!?!? I respect him so much for all that he has done to inspire dreams inside all people. But what about Malcolm?? What about Malcolm??
I am an avid believer that Malcolm is to be respected and revered by many JUST LIKE MARTIN!!! Are we to forever criticize him because of his method? Just because he did not kowtow like Martin and took more of an aggressive approach, his underlying message was similar to Martin. People think he promoted violence which was not true. Look at one of his quotes: Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery. He did not tell anyone to disobey the law. He did not say go out and fight for your rights. He just believed that we all should take a stand against injustice. Think what our mothers told us. If someone hits you, hit them back!!! Did she promote violence? No. She did not believe that her son should be beat on by anyone. Some people thought because he didn't have a formal education he didn't promote intelligence. The man educated himself in prison. Not formally but more education than most blacks and whites at that time. One of his famous quotes: Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. White people felt that he didn't like whites. Untrue again!! Another quote: I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color. He didn't accept the way whites treated his people and he believed in a firm stand against oppression. "You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom." This is a line that struck me hard. If you break down some of his famous quotes you can understand where his heart was at essence.
I am a firm believer that Malcolm should be just as celebrated as Martin. He was a very influential component in the movement of the 50s and 60s. You can not go through that time period without knowing Malcolm X. There is no way you can separate him from that time period and his accomplishments for Blacks. I wish the world would wake up and honor him the way that he should....thank you for taking a look in to My Thoughts...

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