Frederick Douglass vs Malcolm X
Frederick Douglass and Malcolm X were both powerful protesters against racism in their times, but each had their own style of expressing themselves. For example, Frederick Douglass used strong negative connotations in his writing and Malcolm X had a very radical and persuasive tone. Their actions also defined their character. After a close look at both, I believe Malcolm X was a better leader against racism for two reasonshis actions against racism were more powerful and his speeches were more deep.
Malcolm X’s actions were much more powerful than Frederick Douglass’. Malcolm X protested for the civil rights of AfricanAmericans in the United States in the 1960s. He is often accused of advocating violence because of his use of radical language. But Malcolm only advocated the use of violence as a form of self defense. He threatened the use of violence by his people as a deterrent to those who would use it on them. He would also personally organize and lead his own marches and protests. Frederick, on the other hand, expressed himself more in his writing than in his actions. Although he did protest segregated seating on trains by sitting in cars reserved for whites, this is just something small compared to the protests Malcolm X caused and influenced. The speeches Malcolm X gave were also much more deep and critical. For example, this quote he gave during one of his speeches was very persuasive, “I am for violence if nonviolence means we
continue postponing a solution to the American black man’s problem…”. This quote persuaded and motivated people not to be afraid to use self defense. Malcolm X was not afraid to say that violence should be used to defend themselves. What he had to say, he said proudly showing only ...
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