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  • Malcolm x was

    More influential based of the fact that he covered more ground then martin luther king, and he spoke what most impoverished blacks felt day in and day out. Malcolm spend time as a minister in some of the most historical black cities, Harlem, Philidelphia, Boston, and in chicago one year. With these being large populated with majority of black americans, his influence spread and took over the east coast, martin influence was mainly in the south, once malcolm drew the division by playing the religious card, he was able to gain the population that took his theory of christianity being the religion of the white man. With most unable to see how effective martins approach would have been, they only identified with the physical element of turn the other cheek, but when in all actuality, we still turning the other cheek. This approach cripled black america, it caused a division based of religion, when the fight wasnt a religious one, it was a black one

  • Malcolm was misunderstood

    If you only know what they taught you in school about Malcolm X(barely) then your opinion really holds no clout. READ AND EDUCATE YOURSELVES ON HOW GREAT A LEADER HE WAS. He was out to liberate our minds and free us mentally. He gave us a voice to be proud of.

  • One who found the straight and achieved glory through martyrdom

    He was a lost cause before he went to jail, a product of gringo capitalism and "democracy" and blind to the truth. And though you have to give credit to Nation of Islam in picking him up, our brother would later see the Nation for who they really were: Non-Islamic, liars, thugs and most of all racists. He became the real Muslim 3 months before his Martyrdom where he would preach peace and coexistence and that race does not matter as all human beings are equal. Nevertheless his speeches reached out to everyone and his background of struggle in comparison to MLK's luxurious upbringing stood him out to be the real Revolutionary.

  • Yes, the average person does not know the true philosophy of Malcolm X.

    Although both were largely influential figures during the 1950s and 60s civil rights era, Malcolm X was far more influential than MLK. Malcolm appealed to a much wider audience - from African American intellectuals to black ghetto "jailbirds". Malcolm's goal was not to turn blacks into violent savages, as many believe so. He was simply an activist, which means when he felt it was neccessary, Malcolm would stand up for his beliefs. This proves his passion and realist stance on the civil rights cause. Sure, MLK is more well known than Malcolm X. But that is not the question- the question is who was more influential. I suggest everyone reading this comment to please read "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" by Alex Haley. It is an excellent read- truly gives heavy insight into Malcolm's life and motives for his cause. I think it will change many people's minds.

  • Malcolm X was much more influential and reasonable.

    MLK was a man who preached helplessness and weakness. If the racist police attack you, he would say don't run, just let them finish hitting you. I certainly would've seen X's self defense ideas as much more reasonable in a case where I was targeted by every police and every white racist.

  • X was the bigger influence

    First off MLK stated to Harry Belfonte in one of his last interviews before he passed he felt that he walked African Americans into a burning building by integrating. X spoke on separating loving ourselves, buying ourselves and get on the same page while king preached these somewhat but not as strong he wanted to integrate. Since integrating we are set back even more with more people in worse conditions. Let's look at it since integrating divorce rates for blacks increased, crime increased, poverty increased, incarceration increased all on account of integrating and not loving ourselves first. King was paid to keep blacks defenseless and while X said defend yourself. X had the game plan...

  • MLK wanted assimilation; Malcolm X wanted African-Americans to be proud

    Malcolm X wanted African-Americans to be proud of their heritage and to regain knowledge of their history. The very reason he changed his name from Malcolm Little to Malcolm X is meant to represent that he does not know his African heritage because of the white washing of history and oppression.

  • Malcolm meant business.

    Malcolm's approach to the civil rights movement was much more practical, unlike Dr King's manipulation of oratory skill and rhetoric which provided no concrete strategy or long-term solution for the movement. In the end it rendered blacks vulnerable and defenseless to continued violence from prejudiced whites, and practically his aim was to lull the black people into 'forgiving' - ie forgetting the white man's past brutality. Not many of the black population could agree with this. Even today, MLK's famous 'dream' has not been realised. What Malcolm helped to achieve for black rights, human as well as civil, at the time was more influential and strategic than MLK's notions of non-violent direct action.

  • House and field negros

    As malcolm put it you have the field negros and then the yes master house negro. If history has taught us anything about oppression and slavery it is that rebellion is what allows for change. Without malcolm would we have seen such a change? The grassroots "field negro" rebellion had begun, while the I love my master "house negro" was seen in the media and as the spokesperson, leader ,ambassador

  • Malcolm X was more influential

    The mass support garnered by Malcolm x during the lifetime was far more than Dr. King.In terms of public strength; There was one a white police who passed a statement on Malcolm x, "no one person who should hold that much power." The aggressive principles promulgated by Malcolm x were justified due to years of oppression of the blacks by the whites though later after a trip to the holy city of Makkah his principles fundamentally evolved to become moderate. He implored to the USA Government through a letter that Islam is the ultimate key to solve racism. Dr. King's ideas were moderate throughout and his key focus was the assimilation and integration of the blacks as part of modern society, a notion not quite agreeable to the masses though supported by the Christians.

  • Malcolm X was divisive

    Martin Luther preached for unity and equality between black people and white people. He wanted to peacefully bring people together and as a result he gained a large following in both the white and black communities. Malcolm preached revenge and divisiveness. His views would have only created more conflict if he had gained as large a following as Martin Luther King.

  • Malcolm X was divisive

    Martin Luther preached for unity and equality between black people and white people. He wanted to peacefully bring people together and as a result he gained a large following in both the white and black communities. Malcolm preached revenge and divisiveness. His views would have only created more conflict if he had gained as large a following as Martin Luther King.

  • No, King was far more effective

    Martin Luther King was far more influential than Malcolm X. Firstly, Martin made a face for the civil rights movement and was very good at teaching and persuading people. Martin was a preacher before becoming a civil rights activist and therefore was much more used to standing up in front of a crowd and preaching things. Secondly, he knew that the use of technology such as the radio and television were becoming more popular through the years and he used this to his advantage. He did this by staging peaceful protests that he knew would attract the public's attention. For instance, the march through Selma was where he and a load of other black people who were mostly teenagers walked peacefully across a bridge but standing on the other side in their way was a whole police force of white people holding bats and chains and on horseback. The black people just walked up to them and the white people ran after them and beat them and even killed some black people. Many journalists and reporters were at the scene taking photos and videos. These went around the world and the people who saw it were appalled. This caused a massive ripple effect and made the white american look bad.
    Martin was very clever and strategic like that and his nonviolent approach was more effective and influential than the violent ways the black panthers used.
    The civil rights law that was eventually passed because of Martins speeches and peaceful protests.
    His speech 'I have a dream' went viral and had a massive outcome in Washington with over 200,000 people listening to what he had to say and his famous quote ' I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but the content of their character' is widely remembered even today.
    I am not saying that Malcolm X was not influential because he was but if anyone Martin Luther King Jr. Was defiantly the most effective.

  • No, King was far more effective

    Martin Luther King was far more influential than Malcolm X. Firstly, Martin made a face for the civil rights movement and was very good at teaching and persuading people. Martin was a preacher before becoming a civil rights activist and therefore was much more used to standing up in front of a crowd and preaching things. Secondly, he knew that the use of technology such as the radio and television were becoming more popular through the years and he used this to his advantage. He did this by staging peaceful protests that he knew would attract the public's attention. For instance, the march through Selma was where he and a load of other black people who were mostly teenagers walked peacefully across a bridge but standing on the other side in their way was a whole police force of white people holding bats and chains and on horseback. The black people just walked up to them and the white people ran after them and beat them and even killed some black people. Many journalists and reporters were at the scene taking photos and videos. These went around the world and the people who saw it were appalled. This caused a massive ripple effect and made the white american look bad.
    Martin was very clever and strategic like that and his nonviolent approach was more effective and influential than the violent ways the black panthers used.
    The civil rights law that was eventually passed because of Martins speeches and peaceful protests.
    His speech 'I have a dream' went viral and had a massive outcome in Washington with over 200,000 people listening to what he had to say and his famous quote ' I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but the content of their character' is widely remembered even today.
    I am not saying that Malcolm X was not influential because he was but if anyone Martin Luther King Jr. Was defiantly the most effective.

  • No, King was far more effective

    Martin Luther King was far more influential than Malcolm X. Firstly, Martin made a face for the civil rights movement and was very good at teaching and persuading people. Martin was a preacher before becoming a civil rights activist and therefore was much more used to standing up in front of a crowd and preaching things. Secondly, he knew that the use of technology such as the radio and television were becoming more popular through the years and he used this to his advantage. He did this by staging peaceful protests that he knew would attract the public's attention. For instance, the march through Selma was where he and a load of other black people who were mostly teenagers walked peacefully across a bridge but standing on the other side in their way was a whole police force of white people holding bats and chains and on horseback. The black people just walked up to them and the white people ran after them and beat them and even killed some black people. Many journalists and reporters were at the scene taking photos and videos. These went around the world and the people who saw it were appalled. This caused a massive ripple effect and made the white american look bad.
    Martin was very clever and strategic like that and his nonviolent approach was more effective and influential than the violent ways the black panthers used.
    The civil rights law that was eventually passed because of Martins speeches and peaceful protests.
    His speech 'I have a dream' went viral and had a massive outcome in Washington with over 200,000 people listening to what he had to say and his famous quote ' I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but the content of their character' is widely remembered even today.
    I am not saying that Malcolm X was not influential because he was but if anyone Martin Luther King Jr. Was defiantly the most effective.

  • Malcolm x believed in violence

    I believe Martin Luther King Jr was a better influence than Malcolm X because I believe in nonviolence more than violence. Malcolm x said," If a dog is biting a black man the black man should kill the dog, whether the dog is a police dog or a hound dog or any kind of dog. If a dog is fixed on a black man when that black man is doing nothing but trying to take advantage of what the government says is supposed to be his, than that black man should kill that dog or any two-legged dog who sets that dog on him." Martin Luther King Jr says," Darkness can not drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." (Brainyquote.Com) I believe in nonviolence.

  • No, Martin Luther King was the most influential of the two.

    It is unlikely that anyone born in the United States has not heard the words "I have a dream". Dr. King's infamous speech is still the most talked about speech in the history of our country. Malcolm X is just a name on a long list of people who marched for the rights of blacks.

  • Islam is Not Peace

    Malcolm X quote's scripture saying forgive them for they know not what they do and mock's the principles behind it. Dr king Appealed to the spirit of peace that is in all man has, Were as Malcolm X was feeding from man retaliation, man's hate, man's need to succeeded. Love Cover's a multitude of sin. Dr King had Multiple White people following what he believed and was killed for it. Stabbed in the chest, imprisoned for what he believed in. Love builds, love restore's, Love changes, love covers, love is what Jesus did for us on the cross so we can be saved. To lay your life down for another. Martin Luther king Family was attack with fire bombs. Why would he put his family at risk because the love he had was give by God.

    By Brandon Kwesiga

  • No, Malcolm X was not more influential than Dr. King

    Martin Luther King was far more influential than Malcolm X. Dr. King has a national holiday dedicated to his work and memory. Malcolm X was influential, but he was a bit more underground in his actions and efforts. Regardless, Dr. King touched so many people's lives and left such a long-lasting good impression on the world, it would be hard to parallel his influence.

  • No, King had a wider audience.

    Considering there is a national holiday dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King, it seems that he is more influential than Malcolm X. King appealed to a wider audience and was more mainstream than Malcolm X. This allowed him to influence both the black and white population of America and cement his place as the figure head of the American civil rights movement.


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