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Reply to "Does MLK Get A Bad Rap?"

I was snowed in this weekend, so I'm just getting to the board after a hiatus. This is an interesting topic. I am one of those people who admires Malcolm X and I must say, there are more people in the Black community who grew up listening about MX at home rather than Martin here in the Northeast. I would be willing to bet that many of our white friends who visit us would say that they like Martin much better. He makes them feel good about themselves, he didn't pour too much truth out on them. I feel Malcolm is powerful because he told white people what was wrong with them and he told us what's wrong with us. He didn't dilute it or 'gospel' it up. There was no need for that 'hidden message' that we had to do in the past to keep our lives. It was straight and no runaround. And the point about assasination, Malcolm was assasinated first and Martin was assasinated only after he started seeing things the way Malcolm saw them. For example, when he started speaking out about the war in Vietnam, that was it for him.
Another point I'd like to make here is the constant comparison of Martin to Ghandi. There is no comparison. Although Ghandi had numbers on his side and was a 'peaceful' man, what most scholars overlook and they do this intentionally is that for every peaceful protest Ghandi had there was always a backup violent plan in place in case the non-violent approach didn't work. Martin never had such plans. Malcolm X on the other hand did. He met with various revolutionaries due to the easy access from him living in NYC and temple 7 being in Harlem. Malcolm was also planning to have former Black American Vietnam vets train troops in Africa on how to fight to expel the European/American colonialist and their businesses. Reference Karl Evanzz.
To answer your question, Does MLK get a bad rap? No. Every year in school our children are taught about him and his great works and he has a holiday in commemoration of his life.

Our people have made the mistake of confusing the methods with the objectives. As long as we agree on objectives, we should never fall out with each other just because we believe in different methods, or tactics, or strategy. We have to keep in mind at all times that we are not fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition as free humans in this society
Malcolm X, 1965
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