The Speeches of Malcolm X

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What is Malcolm X fighting for in his speech "God's Judgment of White America"?

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Malcolm X made this provocative speech, also commonly referred to as "The Chickens Coming Home to Roost,", to share his prediction that there would soon be a reckoning for white Americans. This speech was delivered shortly after the assassination of President Kennedy. He saw the murder of Kennedy as fitting,...

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Malcolm X made this provocative speech, also commonly referred to as "The Chickens Coming Home to Roost,", to share his prediction that there would soon be a reckoning for white Americans. This speech was delivered shortly after the assassination of President Kennedy. He saw the murder of Kennedy as fitting, seeing as the United States government was complicit in the killings of many black leaders at home and around the world, most notably Patrice Lumumba of the Congo.

Malcolm X wanted to make the point that there was to be divine retribution for the long history of white-on-black violence. He was fighting for recognition that there must soon come a breaking point in which black people around the world could rise up against this long oppressive history. A proponent of pan-Africanism, Malcolm X wanted to inspire black people around the world to unite under the banner of the Nation of Islam. He wanted them to understand that before

God can set up his new world, the Muslim world, or world of Islam, which will be established on the principles to truth, peace, and brotherhood, God himself must first destroy this evil Western world, the white world... a wicked world, ruled by a race of devils, that preaches falsehood, practices slavery, and thrives on indecency and immorality.

Malcolm X expressed his frustration with black empowerment movements that would work alongside white liberals. He felt that this type of collaboration was folly. If white America was doomed, then

our own people would be foolish to accept her deceitful offers of integration into her doomed society at this late date!

With this speech, Malcolm X was fighting for a new world order: one in which white society was punished for its long history of subjugation of the world's black population. He wanted the descendants of slaves to have recompense for all the oppression of them and their ancestors. If this could happen, a world in which black people would finally be free could be achieved.

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