Was Martin Luther King Jr. a better civil rights leader than Malcolm X?

  • Achieved More For Blacks, Although X Was Just As Significant

    I believe MLK was a better CIVIL RIGHTS leader as he achieved more than X. X did well to promote the phrase 'by any means necessary'. He didn't believe in violence, but instead self-protection. X was also a motivational speaker and gave some very iconic speeches which were appreciated even by whites, likewise with MLK.

    MLK on the other hand led mass movements such as Selma, Birmingham and the March on Washington. He promoted peaceful protest and was 100% against violence. He achieved change for Black Americans and helped them fight for their rights. Such examples include the passing of laws such as the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

  • Because i say so

    I dont know he just is. Believe me (being the king of swaziland) king was a better leader, but at the same time X was a brilliant person , but king achieved a lot more in his life, evem before king emerged on the scene.

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  • He was best.

    He was better at the peaceful approach and was better altogether because he took a much much better job at being peaceful and not violent like Malcolm X even though he was better at being violent he needed to be nicer in that approach to freedom for the black people.

  • Love and Non-Violence

    Through Martin Luther King, Jr.'s non-violent protests, he not only helped to pass laws in America, but taught people that violence kills and love heals. Although it is important to recognise the strategies of Malcom X, Martin Luther King, Jr. Helped to create racial equality in a much more peaceful manner, using his God-filled heart and voice rather than his hands as his powerful weapons.

  • A takes far restraint engage in non-violent protest than using divisive rhetoric and violent action. We have to show the world we are better.

    People are inherently good, the few bad apples are bent on spoiling the entire crop. Others will rally on your side especially when you take the high road. Right is the argument of the oppressor, righteous is the right of all. Slavery was right to the colonists (whites) but deep down they knew it wasn't righteous. It might take a while but righteousness always prevail.
    Malcom X wasn't on the wrong side he was there to ensure MLK's message had an audience. Similar to being a nuclear country, albeit you are a small nation but super powers will always show you respect. We needed both King and X, there opposing views captured the world's attention.

  • Martin Luther King was about everyone coming together. Malcolm X was more on the lines of "we're us, and you're them".

    I don't know much about Malcolm X, so I could be wrong. But from what I've heard, it seems like he was more on the lines of "if you're not us, you're them", like as Ewan McGregor (as Obi-Wan Kenobi) said "only a Sith deals in absolutes".

    1.) After the big event that happened in Nov 1963, Malcolm basically said "The white men get what they deserve". That's terrible, not all "white men" think the same, there's a different between Democrat and Republican, North and South.

    2.) And as a Roman Catholic, the line "Christianity is a white man's religion" if offense. It's not the "a white man's religion", it's the religion to follow Jesus, doesn't belong to any one race. Same with every religion. Christians, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslims, exc; they all have whites, blacks, Hispanics, Asians, exc who are members of the faith.

    With all that said about Malcolm X, do I need to explain Martin Luther King? He was a righteous man who believed we need to come together as one, not judge people by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. Martin Luther King is someone we should all admire for he believed in unity.

  • Got real, long lasting results

    Malcom X was probably the best at bringing about change within to black community, but X didn't do much for ACTUAL civil rights. Im not saying he didnt do anything, he did influence change but not to the degree that King did. MLK was way better for getting laws passed...Civil rights.

  • Is this even questionable?

    I did a survey in my college, asking this very question. Along with other related questions, I asked "who do you think impacted America more and changed it for the better? " - 57.14% said MLK, 3.57% said Malcolm X and 39.29% "I don't know". Apart from the obvious observation of not enough of black history is being taught in English schools, I saw that a massive 67.86% of people said that agree with MLK's way of doing things too (including peaceful protests and passionate speeches.)

    Malcolm X was undoubtedly an incredible leader for the black people of America and he achieved massive change, impacting America for the better. But part of his achievements SHOULD be focused on how much of him is being taught in schools today and who actually knows about him? If he was better than MLK surely he would be more heard of? Who HASNT heard of MLK? When asked "on a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you know about Malcolm X?(10 being a lot and 1 being never heard of him). 8.14% of people knew a lot about him and 24.42% of people had never heard of him. This, compared to the same question but this time referring to MLK, 0.00% of people had never heard of him and 15.29% knew a lot about him. More needs to be taught about them both, as these are embarrassing statistics, but in fairness, the question needs to be asked, why have so many people never heard about Malcolm X?

    All in all, Malcolm was an outstanding representative of black civil rights, but MLK out shone him, achieving more and impacting America forever.

  • Mlk a born leader!!

    Now despite Mlk having his flaws in ideologies he remained a more important stance in history simply because he was able to start the civil rights movement whilst using non violent methods. Now he may have taken a longer time to get points across but he was assassinated because he was found to be more influential and a threat to the whites.

  • Martin Luther King JR.

    Both had contrasting ideologies but king was clearly a better leader and did more for the black community. Malcolm X rose to prominence in the 1950's merely because of his political statements meanwhile king sought to improve the standard of lives through HISTORICALLY PROVEN and practical methods introducing the voting rights act/ civil rights act and so forth. He supported countless campaigns like the bus boycott which was mainly successful because of his work. Also individuals that say peaceful methods did nothing really need to research in depth because the extremism that Malcolm x advocated in practise experienced short lived success. Its also worth noting that Malcolm X did not take part in any of the violent methods he preached and would prevent them sometimes in complete contrast to king. Malcolm X also rejected integration so his beliefs were pretty much useless to black Americans who wanted to live normally with white people at the time.

  • Only white people think Martin Luther king Jr. Was a better leader

    Because Martin Luther King used harmony and passive ways to address his message while Malcolm X used violence because he thought it was necessary, it was better for the white people that black people use peaceful protest because that wouldn't have any pressure on them. Instead Malcolm X used violence to get his point across. By the way, the anti-Malcolm X answers will come from people who never heard any of his speeches and who sadly assume he was just some racist guy. He taught blacks that they could stand up tall and be men and women who are intelligent and self-sufficient.

  • Malcolm X was a better leader than Martin Luther King Jr.

    Malcolm X was more articulate in explaining the condition of the Afro American in America, not only to whites but to people all around the world. He stood by his principles (unlike King who cheated on his wife) no matter how unpopular they may seem, and cared deeply for the black race.

  • Malcolm X was the Embodiment of the trials and hardships of the African American Race

    While martin Luther king undoubtedly represented some of the values and beliefs of the African American community(and was undeniably an effective leader), king was merely a "notice board" for his race. He brought many of the injustices that blacks suffered to the public's attention and while he did suffer some of the same racism, by and large, martin Luther king lived a comfortable and well-insulated life: he had a wholesome and supporting family and he attended prestigious schools and obtained a remarkable education--while this was in no way "bad" it clearly sets him apart from the down-trodden and unprivileged masses that he supposedly related to. Malcolm X on the other hand lucidly connects to his race, he underwent all of the difficulties that the everyday black person suffered through, and even spiraled down to the unfortunate life of crime that many young blacks of that era unwittingly found themselves forced into from a sheer lack of reasonable options and opportunities, like thousands of other black families Malcolm also witnessed his family fall apart at the hands of the Klan and society, and yet, he still managed to overcome these apparently insurmountable obstacles and better himself and then attempt to do the same for his race. In short, Malcolm x has endured every possible hardship that the average negro faced in his everyday life, therefore he understands and relates better than most civil rights leaders (and certainly more than King) to the underprivileged black masses and his life and past experiences practically represents the lives of most of his race. On a final note I've noticed that many people here argue the point that Malcolm x preached violence and hatred, this is wrong Malcolm x did not preach violence nor hatred-- he was vehemently against it, however he did believe that if you got hit then you hit back (i.E self defense); Malcolm X was just a proactive leader who believed in the advancement of his race FIRST regardless of whether he had white society's seal of approval and he simply felt that sending members of his race to get beaten and mangled on live television for whites to UNWILLINGLY acknowledge the black man was a waste of time and effort when blacks could simply withdraw from white society, unite and better themselves.

  • Malcolm X >

    King Malcolm X didn't try to please the whites. He basically said listen to MLK or this is what you'll get. That legend. Dare I mention his beauty too. Malcolm X empowered blacks, while MLK looked for white support. That's just the truth, if you didn't already know my friends.

  • Martin Luther King's Method was Limited

    Martin Luther King was an incredible leader and the methods he advocated were effective to a certain degree. However, the only place were MLK's methods could work was where the blacks were the majority because MLK used economic and political pressure. If the blacks weren't the majority in the South then the whites in the south wouldn't have felt any pressure from the many boycotts the NAACP and the SCLC used. Indeed, when MLK's nonviolent boycotts were used in the North, they failed.

  • Fearless & Selfless Malcolm

    While everyone else was begging to be treated equally . Malcolm proposed a different remedy all together of self help and self transformation by being morally upright. By following such example other upright humans are bound to accept us as equal. His message is EVEN more valid today than before.

  • Malcolm X's legacy marred by those who control our history books

    MLK cheated on his wife multiple times. Must I say any more? You can NOT be a public leader and live a life of duplicity by living an immoral life in private. Malcolm X is not talked about in our history books and not discussed in our public dialogue as much as MLK because Malcolm X was not a puppet not an Uncle Tom nor a house negro. Whoever says that Malcolm X advocated violence to push his ideals has been brainwashed by white propaganda and has obviously not studied up on his writings, interviews or speeches. Malcolm X NEVER advocated violence. Instead he promoted peace and urged blacks to exercise their freedom by standing up for their rights as stated in the constitution. What he did push is for blacks not to initiate violence, but that they had every right to protect themselves if the ones who were supposed to protect them(police men and government) sought to kill them for no legal reasons. Malcolm X did push for blacks to form a nation only because he saw all the hypocrisy with whites who even though the law stated it, did not want to integrate with the blacks anyways. Why fight to be with a people who don't want to mingle with you to begin with. Malcolm X felt to bring the blacks to a respectable state, to have better access to education and to be more self-reliant, they should build themselves up. And this could only be done by forming their own nation. Why is Malcolm X vilified?? Look into the facts. Don't be brainwashed into believing what white history books and white professors will tell you. There is obviously much they don't want you to know. Malcolm X will always demand my respect and admiration and perhaps only in heaven will he get the honor he deserves because his image is marred by both whites and blacks who deceived to think that MLK was a better leader than him.

  • Evidence Proves Otherwise

    I believe that due to the evidence already presented by the others who believe the same as me, Malcolm X is either just as significant as or more significant as Martin Luther King. If you would like to try and persuade me otherwise then please comment. Thank you for reading.

  • Malcolm X had the most effective approach to solving the racial problems in the 1960's.

    We had tried to protest the non violet way for far too long. After all that time, no real justice. All the blacks had gotten was tokenism. One or two Negros got a job, here or there just to make everyone believe that change actually may be occurring. It took the almighty federal troops just to let a few kids go to school. It took the entire American Army just to get one negro into a university. Were they supposed to be content with this? The white folks wont change their view on them, even 10 years after the supreme court law banning segregated schools so obviously, the blacks must have been the ones to change. In fact, 10 years after this federal law being made only 1/10 of the negro students in the south are in integrated schools. Change had to be made with their methods of protest. This is why Malcolm X had introduced and campaigned the new way of protest...Black power.

  • Neither was better or worse than the other.

    Martin Luther King was an extraordinary civil rights activist. I strongly believe that his commitment to non-violence and deeply Christian morals were truly commendable, and he was a very effective leader at challenging the legal segregation in the South. He was also very good at winning the support of the white public (which some criticised him of) which whilst some feel showed he was just a suck up and an 'Uncle Tom', actually benefitted the black community a lot as it meant the federal government was a lot more sympathetic to the civil rights movement.
    However, King did not understand what the majority of the Black Community was going through. He came from a middle class, well educated family and in many ways was not a elate able character. Malcolm X, however, understood the sufferings of his people perfectly (I think his father was killed by The Black Legion? Not sure). He was an amazing orator and his transformation from being a lowlife criminal to a self educated, quick witted and relatable leader was an inspiration to many. Also, unlike King, he always practiced what he preached about self discipline and morals. He also understood that battling legal segregation wasn't the only thing that could help Black Americans, and that it was also an issue of pride, reaffirming their identity and standing up to the de facto discrimination of white racists.
    Honestly, I think they're both amazing and if they combined their ideas we would have had something truly extraordinary.

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