Essay regarding a comparison of tactics used by Malcolm X and by anti-Vietnam war protesters during the 1960's and 1970's.

Essay by boarderlover1High School, 12th gradeA+, June 2004

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"Black power will smash everything Western civilization has created." With these types of attitudes, militant black leaders such as Malcolm X methods of attempting to gain African Americain equality through whatever means necessary differed drastically from the generally peaceful methods of the anti-Vietnam protests that occurred in the late 1960's. Publications from Malcolm X and other militant leaders show their extreme but perhaps necessary views. Contrastingly the peaceful rallies and marches of the anti-war activists showed their unwillingness to use violence and general desire for reform without bloodshed. Both movements greatly shaped the following decades by increasing drug use and creating a "counter culture" that generally despised authority. With conservative whites against both movements, and conservative whites in power, these movements separated our nation into camps and brought the issues in society to the forefront of every American's mind.

The tactics of Malcolm X, also known as El-Hajj Malik al-Shabazz advocated for equality on all levels of society through any mean possible.

Foundations founded by Malcolm X such as the Muslim Mosque Inc. and the Organization of Afro-Americain Unity preached black separation from the inherent evilness of "white Christian America." In speeches such as reflections on his experiences with the Islamic sect headed by Elijah Muhammad speaks of the wrongs of the "white devil" and the 400 years of slavery and inequality that white society has forced onto the Blackman and how white society "should and will be the victim of God's divine wrath." By bluntly stating the feelings of the African Americain community to gatherings of students and to the presses Malcolm X allowed America to see the alternative to peaceful reform. A self-proclaimed radical Malcolm X called integration a "false solution to a real problem" and advocated for the downfall of white society. By attacking white society in...