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The Civil Rights Movement Essay

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The Civil Rights Movement
The civil rights movement is a very diverse subject. There are many different opinions on this subject and many political changing events follow this movement. Some of the struggles during the civil rights movement were covered through the media in such a fashion that it could have gone either way. I found an article stating, and I quote “Majority Queried In Times Survey Say, Negro Movement Has Gone Too Far, But Few Intend To Change Votes.” –New York Times (Sept. 21st 1964). Now another person questioned in this poll, and I quote “That many neighborhoods have always been known as ‘tough’, but they were white tough neighborhoods, if you know what I mean.” He added, “It was tough to a point, and no more. Now with colored it is a different kind of toughness, it is fear I guess.” I feel like with this last comment that this man had said, it is absolutely true of how the public viewed the civil rights movement, it was a fear, a fear of uncertainty of how to ...view middle of the document...

” The Negro community also stated that the bringing of violence to themselves was to take it from the jail cells and the dark ally’s out to the open for the whole world to see. This non violent protest method that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had used during this civil rights movement was probably one of the most powerful tools in this time and gave him a tremendous advantage when the public actually seen how blacks were treated in the south. Being spread through media and television now the once topic that was not to be discussed had finally had light shed upon it. “Civilization and violence are antithetical concepts.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said in the Noble Peace Prize. Negros of the United States, following the people of India, have demonstrated that non violence is not sterile passivity, but a powerful moral force which makes for social transformation. Sooner or later, all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace. If this is to be achieved” Dr. King said, “Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” Quoted out of –New York Times (Feb. 28th 1965).
Malcolm X unlike Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a different outlook. He was pro segregation and believed that Negros must separate themselves from the white majority. He had also mentioned in an article that I had read, and I quote “That unless the white majority acted swiftly to extend full civil rights to Negros the situation culminate in bloodshed.” –New York Times (May 10th 1963). This alone displays his thoughts are that retaliation against the oppressor will help the Negro community gain civil rights. Whereas Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. always spoke of non violence. I believe that from the articles that I have read, Malcolm X had more of a religious agenda. In which he states, “By 1970, 90% of the Negros will be converted to Islam. Christianity is a white man’s religion.” Quoted out of –New York Times (May 10th 1963). I think that Malcolm X’s methods were just as racist as the oppressors and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a better plan for us as a nation of freedom to really live together as one.

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