Friday, April 11, 2014

My reflections on Spike Lee's Malcolm X

 "We declare our right on this earth to be a man, to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary." - Malcolm X

Fighting violence with violence. How can that possibly work? In my opinion it couldn't that's like two countries dropping nuclear bombs on each other, everyone dies, everyone loses, everyone will be the enemy, no one will be a hero.

Anger; I believe that Malcolm X had a lot of anger built up from his childhood. He was placed in an orphanage at a young age, his father was murdered, and his mother was placed inside a mental hospital. There on out it was Malcolm and different people foster parents talking care of him. I don't believe that a child can not be happy just because they're a foster child. However, that can make a person cold, hurt, and, lonely, sometimes even filled with hate and resentment. And sometimes that same anger leads to violence.

The link above explains how MLK and Malcolm X want the same freedom and how Malcolm is more willing to get that freedom more violently. This doesn't mean MLK is better however, It does make Malcolm the same as the racist that degrade his people.This goes back to my point that you cant fight violence with violence. You can't expect children to be good children when you set nothing but bad things out for them to follow. In the end who is really the hero? Who's the bad guy? Who can say they stood for what they believed in peacefully?

Romans 12:21 Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.

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