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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As long as blacks wanted to be like whites, they would hate and kill each other
while being passive and nonviolent toward whites. That was why Malcolm
insisted on the right of self-defense and was sharply critical of Martin King for
No person in the black church and only a few outside of it (Malcolm was one)
were more critical of it than King. Repeatedly King made two main criticisms of
the Negro church: its one-sided, anti-intellectual focus on the heaven theme to
He criticized the black church for "reducing worship to entertainment," and was
particularly critical of the black preacher who "places more emphasis on volume
than on content and confuses spirituality with muscularity." Malcolm initiated his ...
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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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