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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He talked about self-love and black unity because he saw so much black self-
hate in the slums: drugs, prostitution, and blacks killing and robbing each other.
As long as blacks wanted to be like whites, they would hate and kill each other
The worst crime white people have committed, Malcolm said, was to teach us to
hate ourselves, destroying our past and making us think that our foreparents did
nothing but pick cotton. For many years, Africa was dominated by Europeans who
Malcolm showed that negative images of Africa were skillfully concocted by
whites to make African-Americans hate their African origin. "You know yourself
that we have been a people who hated our African characteristics," Malcolm told
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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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