While he identified himself as a Muslim and black American living in the white American society, there are characteristics that make him both typical American and African-American. Drawing primarily from his autobiography, specifically on the speeches he delivered during the height civil rights activism in the 1960s, this paper discusses the characteristics that make Malcolm X a typical American and African-American.
This paper posits that religion is the common denominator found in Malcolm X's being American and African-American. Malcolm X is a typical American because he subsists to the fundamentalist view of religion and politics: for him, African-American society should seek its own society independent from white American society and guided under the values and teachings of Islam. Malcolm X is also a typical African-American because he confronted his unique experience of oppression by subsisting to religion and faithfully following the teachings and religious principles of Islam.
The first position this paper discusses is how Malcolm X became the typical American. As a Muslim fundamentalist, Malcolm X strictly adhered to the teachings of Islam, which includes the belief in establishing an independent society wherein the rules of Islam religion dominate and becomes the socio-political structure of this new, independent society. ...
he white Americans, Malcolm X argued that the white man had 'no sense of history.' In his speech, "After the Bombing," Malcolm X asserted that the Negro has a sense of history because all races take root from the Negro heritage-even the white man. From Latin America to Europe, the African-American race dominated the world, until the white American came to rob them of their 'supremacy' among all races. What makes the African-American experience in America more oppressive and hopeless was the fact that the Negro in the country did not seek to assert his rights in the face of oppression, and simply accepted the fact that he is subordinate to the white man:
The only difference on the continent was the American Negro. Those who were over there weren't even thinking about these over here. This was the basic difference. The Africans, when they escaped from their respective countries that were still colonized, they didn't try and run away from the problem. But as soon as they got where they were going, they then began to organize into pressure groups to get governmental support at the international level against the injustices they were experiencing back home.
The passage above calls for a more active response to the inflicted oppression among Negros by the white American. This active response will be achieved, according to Malcolm X, by "re-organizing" and establishing a new and independent Negro society. This proposition is observed from the context in which Malcolm X and his fellow Negros were in. As he elaborated, the world has been divided into "white and dark worlds" for the longest time, and the time for the Negro has come-thus, his call for an independent society under the rule of the Islam religion.
What made Malcolm X's position on the oppression among