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If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X were still alive today, what would they...

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catlover | Student, College Freshman | Honors

Posted April 28, 2009 at 12:22 PM via web

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If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X were still alive today, what would they have done about the Frank Jude Beating Case?

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ndidier1980 | eNoter

Posted June 15, 2009 at 5:57 AM (Answer #2)

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During the civil rights movement in the US, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. represented the non-violent protest, while Malcolm X was a member of the outspoken, and at times, violent Black Panther party. Considering this, I would deduce that, if he were alive today, we would probably see him on television giving a statement (or a speech) encouraging citizens to work toward social equality. He might even sit down with the three officers accused of the beatings in order to understand what went wrong. Malcolm X on the other hand would focus severely on the act of injustice and its effect on the African American community as a whole. He would stress that now more than ever, African Americans need to work on embracing their heritage, and then protest this grave wrongdoing.

These two leaders perfectly represent the two sides of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's. On one hand, there was Martin Luther King, Jr. who spoke, "We aren't going to let any mace stop us. We are masters in our nonviolent movement in disarming police forces; they don't know what to do." Whereas Malcolm X would say, "Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone, but if someone puts a hand on you, send him to the cemetery." Essentially, these are the two very different (to the extreme) ways of conflict resolution.

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