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

  • Non violence obviously worked

    MLK gave a message to white people that black people are citizens too, not animals, which is what they would have been perceived as of they would have been violent. How would the white people have looked if they continued to beat and abuse the people who don't lift a finger. It's all about perception unfortunately.

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  • He is betta

    He betta dan malcolm x bruh chu just gotta believe in da king junia... And be a belieber!!! Justin Beiber is like the most beautiful human being that ever stood on Earth, and so is Per Bristow, my husband. :) :) :) :)
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  • He achieved more

    Peaceful protests helped in the Montgomery bus boycott, the sit-ins, freedom rides, march on Washington. These all show how peaceful protests helped to achieve, in the movement for black civil rights. Even though he may not have organized and orchestrated them all his principle of peaceful protests and working towards an integrated society worked

  • A Peace Keeper

    Even though he was peaceful it was very effective.Malcolm X wanted African Americans to govern themselves ,but did not allow them to grow as an ethnicity or expand their mind to forgive.In order to live somethings your forgive but do not forget.We are exceptional people when we are joined as one.

  • MLK Appealed to what every human has; a heart and a sense of right and wrong.

    Malcolm was good with what he knew but he thought too materialistically. While he wanted to remain segregated and taught to fight against the bodies of whites and produce fear, Martin appealed to something that all of humanity has; a heart and a sense of right and wrong. He knew that there were whites who did not like the evils that where being committed against blacks. He appealed to those people's consciouses. His death was seed for growth. A innocent, loving man was slain unrightly. This stirred people's heart in a way Malcolm would not. Martin's death brought into perspective the hatred that innocent blacks faced.

    Martin's method had more weight behind it. Black and white abolitionists appealed to the people through the Bible and Christ's message of love and equality to win against slavery. Martin used the same method to advocate equality and it was successful even after his death.

    Malcolm's method would have not have worked in our favor as we would be living in a very divided nation where fighting would be rampant to this day. Both sides would assume themselves superior and this superiority would be tested day by day through fierce violence and competition. No one would be safe and being that whites were the majority, it would have been impossible for blacks to build anything as nothing could stop whites from taking it. Some believe that integration was what destroyed black businesses but my question is, would the racist not have taken them regardless? Integrated or segregated, America was conquered by the Europeans and they surely would not just let blacks easily segregate and grow to be powerful.

    It is more possible for a black man to become powerful today than it would have been if Malcolm's ways were followed. A black man can gain the respect and monetary support from a much larger group of people and America would not be the powerful, diverse and influencial nation it is today.

    While his method would have made things worst in my opinion, his extreme views were necessary in order to push Martin's views. Malcolm pushed self-sufficency and pride, Martin pushed tolerance and peace. Blacks of that time became proud, self-sufficent yet peaceful and tolerant. Malcolm did a great job promoting racial pride and esteem, but he would never have created real change and the freedoms that we all, regardless of ethnicity, enjoy today. Martin was the true catalyst for change.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Violence is occasionally the answer

    In history, only non-violent approaches have been praised. However people tend to under look violent approaches. If it weren't for violence, would the french revolution and the russian revolution ever be resolved? In certain cases the act of violence is necessary. Ultimately little's violent approach may have been dejected by 'white' society, it gave the blacks a name and a true vision to stand for.

  • Why was Malcolm X better than MLK?

    Because Malcolm X was a better leader for blacks, he organized them into one voice, and Malcolm X way of stopping racism back in the 1960s made sense, because they couldn't handle the racism any more, so they decided to stop it, which brings up his famous "By any means necessary".

  • Malcolm is the equivalent

    Martin Luther King Jr. And Malcolm X are very outstanding African American individuals throughout history. They fought for what they stood for but in many different ways. As we all know in history there are no two great men that are alike. Their characters came from the different households they came from and how they grew up. King grew up in a middle class family and was well educated. While, Malcolm X grew up in an unfortunate environment that was very nasty with barely any schooling. Martin Luther King Jr. Was always against violence, throughout his entire career. He always stood his ground, and he stood out because even though he may have been physically attacked, he never reacted with violence. Martin Luther King Jr. Followed the Christian faith. Malcolm X was a Muslim, and believed in Islamic laws. He believed in fighting back physically. Although later in life he visited Jerusalem, and met other Muslims. He changed his views, and became nonviolent.

  • Malcom had more contributions and did the work, Dr king was just the poster boy

    As we see from history the white race dore not change unless forced too not necessarily through violence but through economics ect. Malcom encouraged people to spend there money with other blacks. Also blacks and any other non-white race thrives when left alone from European dictatorship look at black wall street. In many ways malcom was right about everything he said

  • Both men were needed for the African American Revolution

    I feel Martin was extremely passive with the way he went about getting the job done. Malcolm was blunt and passionate about what he did. The road Martin was going down, was only going to suppress the hatred between two races and not nullify it. After Malcolm's visit to Mecca he expressed how wrong he was about the hatred he regurgitated about whites, and how he just wanted an eye for an eye or a body for a body. Malcolm taught all of his followers how to love themselves and erase all the self hatred the white man brained washed them with

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    One guy said the he didn't learn about Maloclm X, it is because the teacher's where Christian if malcolm was Christian ,you will be reached about him Malcolm achieved what LKA didn't wake the black people up of the little white lie, and frankly Jesus wasn't white he probably looked like the Arabs today.

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jbjonesjosh says2017-12-03T15:27:26.390
'I have a dream" the famous speech by Martin Luther King is recognized by many citizens and races worldwide. That speech has inspired million African American and white people, and confirm that Martin Luther King Jr is the greatest civil right leader of the 1960s. In the 1960s, Martin Luther King had led an objection against segregation, with his gift of speaking powerful words, he had inspired and involved many African American to fight for their equal rights. However, not everybody was happy with Luther movement. When Martin Luther King words and action became too powerful, he started angering white people and cause them to try to eliminate him. White people started to bomb Martin's home and wanted to force him to give up his fight for equal rights, but Martin Luther King wasn't afraid, he kept continuing on working and fighting for black people in America. As time moves on, Martin Luther King and his organization advances, yes he had gain more allies, but he also gain more enemies in the road. Even with more enemies in the road, Martin Luther King never think twice about achieving his goal, matter of fact, his enemies had giving him more energy and more powerful word to preach, and caused him to yearn in deliberating African Americans from segregation. After Martin Luther King successful march, he was unfortunately assassinate by a white racist, but that didn't keep his legacy from flowing to the heart of African American people. Today, Martin Luther King is an American hero, he lost his life trying to better the lives of African American people. He is the main reason for the equal right we have between races today, and what's a better way to thank him by celebrating his hardship every year, and confirming that he is the greatest civil right leader in American history. As popular Martin Luther King is around the world, I can't say the same for Malcolm X. Malcolm x did inspire many but nowhere near as many as mlk did. Although Malcom x has a tribute to him mlk not only has a tribute but also a memorial day for what he did. Also the fact that mlk used peaceful protests so he was not in the wrong the white people were helped him get many followers as well as the president agreeing with him but with violent campaigns they are in the wrong attacking people and the president wold not want to risk his safety to help black rights as much. Just the fact that he is remembered more than Malcom x shows that mlk was more important.
On the other hand people say that Malcolm x did more work and that mlk was just the face of what they were doing. 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 spiralled 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 African American 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.
Overall in my opinion it think martin Luther king was better as he affected so many people with his I had a dream speech and even has his own day .
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