Monday, October 25, 2010
The purpose of Malcolm X's "What does Mississippi have to do with Harlem?" is that although he is in Harlem and the African Americans in the North were "free", the Mason-Dixon line was still in effect at the time. Malcolm X was prepared to fight for equality in any way that he found was necessary. He states in his speech, "...We will never communicate talking one language and he's talking another language. He's talking the language of violence...Let's learn his language"(page 1). In this statement he believes that if African Americans are to achieve equality they should act in the same means that the racist whites do as well, in reference to the lynching, shooting and beating of African Americans. This speech is directed towards the African Americans all across the U.S. because he says, "America is Mississippi. There is no such thing as the Mason-Dixon line... If one room in your house is dirty, you've got a dirty house." He is trying to reach out to other African Americans in order to fight for their rights. This speech produces the hope for an equal nation and could evoke others to fight for the rights that they deserve as well.
Posted by Sharon Damani at 6:29 PM