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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courage to stand before people full of hate and to break the cycle of violence by
refusing to retaliate. "The reason I can't advocate violence is because violence
ultimately defeats itself," he told Negroes who had experienced the brutality of
But he contended that self-defense should not be advocated as a program of
freedom for the poor; he held that position because he believed that in a public
demonstration it was too difficult to distinguish defensive violence from
Now, if you sincerely believe in violence, there is a good place for you to start.
And that is the shooting of [Byron de la] Beckwith [who shot Evers's brother and
was never convicted]. Now if you are not willing to shoot and kill him, then don't ...
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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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