Do you think that Malcolm X was a good or bad for the black community?Do you think that Malcolm X was a good or bad for the black community?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is, of course, a matter of opinion.  There are certainly ways to argue it both ways.

If you wanted to say that Malcolm was good for the black community, you could point to his black nationalism.  You could say that his emphasis on the idea that blacks were as good as (or better than) whites was good for the black community because it helped to instill them with much-needed pride.

On the other hand, you could argue that Malcolm hurt the black community with his militance.  You could say that he projected a very negative image to white America.  This, you could argue, helped to push the races apart.  You could contrast this with the way in which Martin Luther King, Jr. worked to bring the races closer together.

So, you can argue this either way.  You should choose which of the two sounds more plausible to you.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator


I think Malcolm X's idea of Black Pride was a step forward in the idea that being black was nothing to be ashamed of. I do not think the violence or militaristic approach was helpful to the overall cause or civil rights movement though.