Martin and Malcolm and America: A Dream Or a Nightmare
Cone contrasts the ideological visions of these two leaders during the civil rights movement, including how each man saw the future of blacks in America -- "I have a dream" versus "I see a nightmare" -- and how each man viewed the influence of white society on black culture -- from "we must love our white brothers" to "white man's heaven is a black man's hell." He finds surprising similarities, especially over a long period of time, when both King and X developed their philosophies from initial thoughts to full-fledged ideals.
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No advice was offered more often and more assionately, and nothing separated
him more from Malcolm X than s commitment to nonviolence. Yet King did not
begin the Montgomery bus boycott with a personal commitment to nonviolence.
King's theological claim at at te cross asd the suffering of Jesus was the source of
his absolute commitment to nonviolence. Many persons have misunderstood his
commitment to nonviolence because they separated it from his faith in God.
To be sure, his faith empowered and sustained him in that commitment; but his
faith was not created in his fight for justice. In contrast to King, Malcolm's faith was
indistinguishable from his commitment to justice on behalf of black people.
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I was very disappointed by this book. As this is considered a classic, I expected a better argument from Cone. However, I cannot in any agree with his thesis that these two leaders generally came ... Read full review
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