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What contributions did Malcolm X make to society?

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kikoko | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 12, 2007 at 7:42 AM via web

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What contributions did Malcolm X make to society?

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sagetrieb | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted November 12, 2007 at 9:17 AM (Answer #1)

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Malcolm X was a separatist who argued that African Americans will never achieve equality in a society dominated by whites.  As a result, he encouraged blacks to “fight back” in an armed revolution or at least to do so when attacked. He believed that blacks should form a new society of their rather than try to integrate within dominant white society. While he preached violence, he also preached pride, and in that way contributed greatly to the black power movement of the 1960s. His autobiography explained how he had been corrupted by white society and had found meaning in Black Islam. James Baldwin talks about the contributions of Malcolm X, criticizing some of his ideas, in his memoir Fire Next Time.

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nadisknowsbest | Student , Undergraduate | Honors

Posted November 21, 2007 at 8:00 AM (Answer #2)

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Malcolm X, although a fighter for civil rights wasn\'t as much an activist as say Martin Luther King was. After he came out of prison joining the Nation (of islam) his main message was seregation between white and blacks. He used to drink milk in his coffee, the only thing he liked \'integrated\'! He also sought to instill racial pride in black people by glorifying African black history and blaming the sorry state of the American Negroes due to the mistreatment at the hands of the white man. Malcolm was blessed with wit, charisma and intelligence therefore wherever he went he got plenty of attention. I would disagree that Malcolm was an advocator of violence but rather that of self defence.
He also encouraged black people to help themselves through enterprise and overcoming their vices: alcohol, dope, women et. Later on after going for Pilgrimage in Mecca and seeing the interracial unity there he conceded that not all white people are \'devils\' and converted to mainstream Islam after some not so moral stories emerged on the Nation\'s leader.
In Malcolm I see a great role model who fought tirelessly for his cause but was modest and was able to see and admit to errors that he made. An inspiration

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moffatra | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted December 10, 2008 at 5:38 AM (Answer #4)

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he helped stop racism

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