Malcolm X: The Pragmatic Nationalist

Malcolm X: The Pragmatic Nationalist

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This book tracks the evolution of Malcolm X from a racist, espousing the essentialist ideals of the Nation of Islam to a human rights activist, aware of the broader early 1960a€™s struggle against imperial forces. Central to this was his strategic use of race to unite African-American initially and then the oppressed people in the world. Race was used as a strategy with the aim to abolish racial oppression. In the first chapter of this study we look at the constraints, most notably the white power structure, present in the United States during the mid-1960s which, on one hand gave form to Malcolma€™s thinking, and on the other, made it necessary for Malcolm to add an international dimension to his thinking. The second chapter explores Malcolma€™s racial theorising in 1964-65 when he identified the two stages which were necessary for the attainment of a colour-blind society. While Africa, as both idea and place, served as a cultural base, it also acted as a springboard to an international coalition of oppressed people. By linking the domestic and the international politics of Malcolm X, this study highlights the sense of purpose with which Malcolm X articulated his arguments concerning the future of the African-American community and their involvement in the American society.Howard Winanta#39;s observation, mentioned in the introduction to this book, that organisations engaged in the black struggle during the 1950s and ... 1965, Malcolm X Speaks: Selected Speeches aamp; Statements, Grove Press Inc., New York, p. 119.

Title:Malcolm X: The Pragmatic Nationalist
Author: Lukmaan Hakim Khan Seekdaur
Publisher:Anchor Academic Publishing (aap_verlag) - 2014-02-01

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